Exhibit Merit Award $500.00
Mary Monk “Before the Storm” Pastel
McRae Merit Award $300.00 Rita Ford
Claude "Buddy" Leach Merit Award $300.00
Angelic Verk "Samson and Delilah" Metal foil collage
"The striking technical mastery of the painted gold leaf arranged in intricate detail combined with the composition and strategic use of pattern and color to reveal distinctions of character and of the social relationship between the two figures create a strong piece in both medium and story. The ornate and finely detailed pattern of Delilah’s attire and the linens of her boudoir convey a lavish dominance over the solid brown minimal rendering of Samson. The fact that he is depicted sleeping behind or underneath her, rather than asleep on her lap as often depicted, seems to foreshadow how his strength would be subdued as a result of his falling for her, and an allegorical warning of the pitfalls, or rather “entanglements” of love. His hair rendered in solid golf leaf further infers the extraordinary value of his hair, soon to be cut off by co-conspirators, but which would allow him to redeem his strength later."
Barksdale Federal Credit Union Merit Award $300.00
Leslie Elliott-Smith“Parvana” Photo Collage
"What drew me to this piece was the combination of unity and variety of shapes, arranged strategically using digital collage in order to draw connections between patterns and symbolism of forms in nature and human-built structures. The shape of the butterfly is echoed in the recessed decorative patterns in the background architecture, as if the butterflies were cut out of the wall and released into flight. Shadows of clouds and trees cast upon the architectural façade add layers of depth. The bee pollination in the suspended sphere at the top of the ladder seems to lend symbolism to the ladder as a means for earthly creatures to ascend to a higher realm and alludes to rebirth or the cycle of life. The sphere itself seems to be cut out of the ground at the opposite end of the ladder, which emerges out of the water akin to a butterfly’s metamorphosis. Overall, the technical rendering of the piece feels seamless and the selection of imagery and composition convey multiple layers of meaning – the cycle of life, longing for “freedom,” or striving for a higher realm of being"
People's Choice Award of $200.00
Sienna Haralson for her pencil drawing "Fragile"
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