A unique and eclectic array of art was on display Friday night at a reception for the 26th annual Clifford Morrison Memorial Art Competition. The competition was established by Morrison’s widow Gladys in honor of her late husband, an area folk artist.
Arts Council Director Leighanne Martin Wright said she was pleased with the turnout for the reception and the submissions for this year’s competition.
“I’m very pleased with the entries and the response from the community, we’ve had a lot of people come out tonight for the Art Hike and to see all the wonderful artwork and this is a great thing for Elkin.”
In addition to the reception at the arts council, art lovers also could visit other area galleries as part of the evening’s planned Art Hike.
Debra Garing, who attended the reception, said she was impressed with the many different types of art on display as part of the Morrison show.
“There’s a very diverse collection here, just some very different things,” she said.
Laura Gaylord, judge for the show, said she too was impressed with the variety of art submitted for the show. She said she really enjoyed serving as the judge.
“It was very difficult because there were so many varieties of styles, techniques, images, it was difficult but it was a challenge and I loved it.”
In the 2D category, winners were Rebecca Scherbak in third place with a piece entitled “Gilded Highway.” In second place with “Coming Home” was artist Tory Casey. First prize in the 2D category went to Meka Newman with a piece called “Fractured Forest.”
“The transparency of the paint reminds me of looking through thin aged skin, and seeing the body’s veins beneath. There are many layers that tell a story in this painting, along with the mixture of reality and fantasy within the images,” Gaylord said of the piece.
Sue Barber’s “Foggy Overlook” and “Pacific Northwest Totem” by Peggy Petrocy received honorable mentions.
In the 3D category, Marianne Luther took third place with “Ornamental Tea.” In second place was “Time Table” by Patrick Fullwood. First place in the 3D category was awarded to Phyllis Haile for “Bird Watcher.”
“The interplay with glazed and unglazed areas is very nice and the interesting leaf pattern on the clothing arm is very intricate,” Gaylord said. “When taking a step back, the pattern reminds me of exposed muscle tissue on the back of the figure. The face and hands look simple from a distance, but up close, are filled with so much expression, tension and detail.”
Best in Show was awarded to “Is It a Horsey, Yet?” by Celeste Springthorpe Tsaklis.
“The painting presents as an abstract, but with careful looking a foal in utero appears, and when have any of us ever seen a painting of that before? The painter’s color palette and surface treatment are well executed and sensitive,” Gaylord said.
Additional artists who submitted entries for the competition were Rosy Beverley, Julie Gammons, Pamela Mclean, Joan Norman, Bill Scherbak and Geoffrey Walker.
As part of the vision of the show’s founder Gladys Morrison, scholarships also are awarded to help students pursue college classes in the arts. The competition committee awarded Geoffrey Walker a scholarship to assist with his ceramics class.
For more information on art activities, classes and upcoming events at Foothills Arts Council, visit www.foothillsartscouncil.org.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.