By KAY DILLON
For the Vista
The colorful fall Judged Art Exhibit is now on display at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive (off Peavine), in Fairfield Glade.
As I walked into the building, notebook in hand, several people were walking out. “Hi”, one woman said. “There sure are some beautiful paintings in there.”
Hostess, Judi Moenck, said, “The word must have gotten around as there were large numbers of visitors viewing the exhibit.”
There were ten categories plus a “Best of Show,” so the first prizes will get their due, and you can check the rest of the ribbons when you see the exhibit.
Dena Whitener won “Best of Show” for her Colored Pencil drawing “The Fall Lineup.” This drawing featured a group of three bright orange pumpkins. Their upside down shapes reflected in a glass table. Good technical drawing. The subject is perfect for this time of year.
Whitener, also, won first place for a Black and White work. The piece “Hot Hostas” once again technically well done, and yes, the greenery did look a little baked.
Our poor shade plants had a rough time during that super hot spell in late June and early July.
In the Colored Pencil Classification, first prize went to Bunni Alessandrini for “Hanging On.”
In the original drawing, an ancient rusted hinge, that looks more falling off than hanging on, binds the last of some rotting boards together.
Bob Stephenson won the Photography award for his “Yellow Flowers.” I looked them up in my wildflower book and, I think they may be Wild Oats … perhaps. At any rate, the lighting in the photograph is beautiful, and I liked Stephenson’s picture better than my identity photo.
In “Mixed Media,” John Genetempo’s “Javea” of Javea to Xabia is an interesting figure distortion and might mean many things. The painting’s creativity won it a first.
In the Watercolor category, “A Charm of Gold Finches” won Sam Hill a first place. These finches are bathing in the bath. The scene looks familiar as I, too, have gold finches rather than sparrows at my feeder. They are lovely to watch.
Pastels and Oil categories both were won by children’s portraits. The granddaughter of Marilyne Bartos, “Ryden” in her snow suit, actually looks cold. I suspect she will be going inside to play quite soon. Donna Slinkard’s Oil painting “Hugs” is a happy painting. Although I know Slinkard must have used a photograph for at least some of the work, the child looks like she posed for each brush stroke. A very life like little face.
Camilla Emerson does her Acrylic wildlife this time combined with rough texture for the tree leaves. This technique gives depth as her eagle goes “On The Hunt” and awarded first place in Acrylics.
Of course, Jewelry and Pottery bring three dimensions to this show. Linda Farber won with a necklace/pendant made mostly of small beads but other things as well. The jewelry looks like it might have been made for a royal lady, so the name “Queen’s Treasure” suits the piece well.
Judy Clark-Turner’s “Bowl of Leaves” has a large, graceful form that had to be a molded slab. Slung in cloth (maybe?). At any rate, the leaves are drawn and glazed inside the bowl, and the piece is quite impressive.
Other awards were presented for Jewelry to Mary Fuhst and Judi Moenck; 3 Dimensional to Judi Moenck and Kay Wode; Colored Pencil to Pat Freed and Sheryl Reeser; Black and White to John Genetempo and Kay Ness; Photography to Billie Faye Brannon, Nancy Hamm, and Judi Moenck; Mixed Media to Claudia Kirkpatrick, Jo Hitchens, and Jane Tavernier; Watercolor to Le Voss, Jo Hitchens, and Le Voss; Pastels to Katie Smith and Carol Conrad; Oil to Audrey Paul and Barbara Garner; Acrylics to Jan Cabana, Eileen Olson and John Anderson.
Our Judge, James Cleveland Elwood, has a fine background as a commercial artist, consultant, and industrial designer and is appreciated for the great job he did in judging the Art Guild’s “Art Aglow” Fall Show.
Just call him “Chef Jack”
As a fitting tribute to his excellent cooking skills, Jack Scheife’s name should be Jack Chef. For his November Art of Cooking Demo at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, Chef Jack has chosen a new menu that complements the season. He will prepare an appetizer of artisan flat bread pizza followed by a main course of hot chili and a flavorful rye bread. Jack also will bring a surprise homemade dessert. The class is scheduled for Friday, November 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at a cost of $25 for members and $28 for non-members. Jack’s cooking classes are always very popular and well-attended.
After the demonstration, Jack and the class participants will enjoy a scrumptious lunch of demo food. Items for participants to bring from home include: soup bowl and spoon, and also a pencil and paper for taking notes.
Mysterious “Play with Pastels” Art Class Offered at PCAC
This is a mystery art class. The only detail we will share is that class participants will play with pastels. Can anybody play? Yes.
Will everybody have a good time, get their fingers messy, and learn something about pastels? Yes, definitely! Talented artist-instructor Beverly Olin is offering the Playing with Pastels class on Tuesday, November 6, from 10 A.M. to noon at the PCAC. The cost of the class is $12 including materials.
Items to bring from home are a box of pastels (if you have them), pencil and paper.