13 July 2007

Second Place

Tonight was the artists' reception at the Works On Paper show at Northampton Center for the Arts. It was my first time being an artist at a reception and I wasn't sure how I'd like it, since I'm only sporadically sociable. Luckily, I was in a sociable mood tonight. Plus the fact, it's pretty easy to talk about something you're passionate about, so I had a wonderful time.

When I walked into the gallery, I was thrilled to discover that my Locusts In Babylon print had been awarded the second place prize! What a nice boost after a year spent collecting a half-inch pile of rejection letters from juried shows. Here are some pictures from the show.

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The reception was very well attended.

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I brought the 8 blocks used in making the print, which was a great thing to do - a good ice breaker as well as helping people understand the process. Lots of people really spent some time with the blocks.

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Here I am with my friends Deborah and Alan. I was deeply touched when Alan, who spends most of his time these days in a wheelchair, stood up to look more closely at the print.

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Thanks for the standing ovation, Alan! Next time I'll ask them to hang the work a bit lower.

13 comments:

Diane Cutter said...

Oh, Annie, congratulations on your work! It's a wonderfully complex piece and I'm delighted that it's earned recognition.... plus it's a delight to 'see' you. You look very happy!

Barbara said...

Congratulations! The honor is well deserved.
Barbara Art

Cin said...

I'm giving you a standing ovation too, congratulations Annie!!!!!

b'oki. said...

congrats on your award! its an excellent piece. thank you for sharing your wonderful photos and experience :)

Ellen Shipley said...

Congratulations! And it's no wonder, as we saw all the work that went into this piece. 8-]

Andy English said...

Annie, I was deeply thrilled - and not at all surprised - that your work was recognised in this way. Congratulations!

Viza Arlington said...

Congratulations! I love that piece.

m.Lee said...

Congratulations! Looks like a great time and your piece totally deserves all that attention and more! I admire you so much.

I ordered a few things for hanga tonight. I need a few more things and think I will give it a go very very soon. I'd love some tips and will probably write about it in my blog very soon. I'm trying to experiment without a large money investment.

Annie B said...

Thank you so much for your warm comments and support. It means a lot to me.

Phare-Camp said...

Annie, your ideas are fresh and brilliant. Your work is well executed with attention to craftsmanship. As a printmaker your skills and talent are enviable. Please ignore those rejection slips. I have found that 90 percent of jurors who don't make prints have absolutely no understanding of the print and are completely unqualified to judge prints! After 10 years of putting myself in the position to be rejected by a local show with less than half the time being accepted...the one time a painter who also does prints juried the show I won an award--and the two years since similar works were rejected--so don't take it too hard if you get rejected. Quite frankly I can see in just the past year of admiring you low resolution web images that your work is superb and I can only imagine how wonderful they will be in person (and can't wait to have your iraq print in my hands!)if a juror rejects your work it's only because they are PRINT IGNORANT!!! Patti P-C

Annie B said...

Hi Patti,
Thanks so much for your supportive words and for sharing your experience. Your perspective is interesting to hear. I'm new to the whole juried show thing, so I've been wondering about what the real criteria are for judging and whether or not it's to my advantage to look for print-only shows as opposed to broader art shows. Being rejected won't keep me from making prints since I'm a woman obsessed, but entering shows does seem to be part of the "game" and I'm curious about how it works.

peggy said...

Annie, congratulations on your exhibition and award. The praise and acknowledgment are well deserved- enjoy it! Regarding your comment about juried exhibitions, you may find the following worthwhile:
http://edwardwinkleman.blogspot.com/2006/06/jurys-still-out-on-open-submission.html
The initial post *and* the subsequent discussion in the comments are thought provoking and insightful.
Again, cheers to you and continued success!

Annie B said...

Thanks for that link, Peggy. Really interesting. In my field of illustration there are juried competitions and many of the same issues come up as the issues discussed on the Winkleman site -- why "pay-to-play," who judges and why, is acceptance actually valuable to one's career, etc. I've never entered an illustration competition and don't really like them at a gut level, so it's interesting that I've not had qualms about entering juried art shows...