Winning the Juror's Gold Award was Judi Coffey for her complex abstraction "Eye of the Tiger," a rhythmic work with scraps of complementary color forming a circle in a square.
I am a big fan of Margaret Harrell's illustrative work. I say illustrative because she creates images with the tidiest of lines and hatchmarks and precision. Her "Recycling" is of a Chinese woman in a red coat peddling a cart laden with cardboard and plastic ties. Behind her is a wall with large Chinese letters, a flat area of blue that plays off the red in the woman's coat. Harrell won the President's Award of $600.
Some people will say I am not the best person to review a show of watercolors, since I'm not a big fan of the bleed. I am a control freak. I guess Jean Gill is too, because another work we liked was L.S. Eldridge's "Break Time at Brick Street," in which a woman sits outside a quaint storefront using her cellphone and smoking a cigarette. The window of the storefront reflects the street scene. This deft painting won the MSW Silver Award.
Sheila Parson-Talley's won the Conway League of Artists Spring Show and Competition last spring for her painting in this show, "St. Mark's Square," and it is great picture made with translucent dabs in a nicely finessed palette and lots of white space. Here she's nabbed the Sponsors Purchase Award.
Also see Jason Sacran's "Back Road," a nighttime scene lit by a street light just off the picture plane, Val Wright's "Spring Fling," and ... well, I'm going to name all the work in the show if I keep it up.
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