New Opportunity to Show

A nEw VEnUe tO sHow yOuR WorK

Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra (CCPV) has partnered with the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (PVCH) to provide additional exhibition space exclusively for CCPV Artist Members.  Selected member artists will be invited to exclusively exhibit 10 to 12 pieces of their work in the Concert Hall’s Annex Gallery, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082.  Installation and duration of each exhibit is in conjunction with the Cultural Center’s exhibition schedule lasting approximately 4 =6 weeks.

Space for this venue is small and limited to 12 pieces of art, however, it is one more opportunity to exhibit your artwork, get your name before those interested in the performing and visual arts and possibly purchase your work… and it will look great on your resume!!  

As overseer of this new venue, I’ll ask the following of each artist:

  • A cohesive body of work
  • All work, including frames must be 28” x 28” or smaller – any variation is fine
    • With one exception, there is one space that can accommodate one large piece –  up to  36” high  by  48” wide (or any variation)
  • Due to space restrictions all work must be 2-dimensional 
  • All 2-dimensional media welcome  – mixed media, acrylic, oil, pastel, photography, encaustic, watercolor, graphite, etc.  
  • Professionally and cleanly presented – all work must be either consistently  framed, or unframed but not intermingled
  • Work ready to hang with wire
  • Cultural Center receives 40% commission, Artist receives 60% commission
  • Last but not least… all artists are eligible to exhibit however, they must be a paid members of the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra

Annual Membership in the Cultural Center is open to all artists, please call 904-280-0614 for more membership information.  If you are a group member of CCPV then your organization may also be considered for this venue, but remember, only 12 pieces.

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Thanks to Sherry O’Neill

Here are some comments about the Sherry O’Neill workshop last month:

From FrankF:

THANK YOU!!  for your expertise, knowledge, sensitivity and superb teaching style.  This novice is most appreciative of  your patience and encouragement.  Too simple to say, but I learned so much AND am so excited to apply “it” to my next project.

You are a gifted artist and an engaging teacher!

From AlexandraB:

I agree very much with Frank.  It was a wonderful experience and everyone learned a lot, worked hard and enjoyed the workshop.  It was quite engrossing and time flew. Such interesting pieces were produced.

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What a Great Workshop!

I think all the attendees in Sherry O’Neill’s workshop this past weekend would agree that it was a great experience! It was exhausting, challenging and difficult, but so well done. I know that I learned a great deal and will be striving to incorporate some of the new concepts into my efforts at art. For me, workshops are  important to growing, expanding and improving my skills. I appreciate that SoMMA gives me access to excellent programs and workshop opportunities. The Captain’s Club was a very good venue. Thanks to Sandy Blake and Vicky Lennon for the planning and set up!

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SoMMA Annual Spring Pot Luck

Keep an eye out in your email for the details of our annual Spring Pot Luck. SoMMA parties are always full of fun and good food. December 16, 2012, 2-5 pm at Janelle WatsonÕs House 2807 Evercha

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Judges Statement – Jack Turnock Assc Prf JU

I was very impressed with the work submitted for the Society of Mixed Media Artists exhibition It Was There All Along.  There are certain things I always look for when I’m picking work for a show and most of the work submitted had all of those elements.

Since this is a mixed media show, there was quite a number of different combinations and permutations of media. There was collage, painting with collage, painting with assemblage, different painting and drawing media together, found objects combined with created images as well as many other techniques too numerous to mention. The first thing that impressed me was the ingenuity of the artists who utilized unusual materials or surfaces in their projects.

JackTurnock smAs a juror and judge it is impossible to leave one’s likes and dislikes at the door, however I try very hard not to let my personal prejudices seep into my decision-making process. I feel I can be very objective by basing my decisions on the established elements of art and my many years of experience as an artist and art instructor. To me, the two most important things to consider are concept and craftsmanship and both, overall, were excellent. The ideas and compositions were very creative and interesting and the craftsmanship was very impressive. The drawing was accurate and had character, the color usage was visually interesting and all of the various media techniques utilized were very professionally done.

After working as a gallery director and exhibition coordinator (as well as judging numerous exhibitions) I’ve found that one aspect that of the exhibition process that many artists don’t pay enough attention to is presentation. Most of the work in this show was presented in a professional manner consistent with the concept or the materials used in the image, but some were not. Matting and framing work is important but the mat and frame must match the work or the concept of the work. Some pieces were presented in a very creative, but appropriate, manner, such as floating the image on another surface or mounting a three-dimensional work on a creative base or backing. However, some of the work was framed in old, obviously repainted frames that had little to do with the type of imagery they surrounded. Some unframed pieces (totally legitimate) had very poorly painted sides on their canvas. In some work it was difficult to tell if the frame was part of the piece or was selected at random.

Having said that, there was so much excellent work that I wish I could’ve given more awards. I had a difficult time picking finalists for the awards and then picking the places and honorable mentions. I could probably have picked another half dozen award winners, but alas, that is not the nature of a juried exhibition. 1st, 2nd and 3rd places were very different from one another in choice of media and subject so it was difficult to choose based on my usual criteria. I looked at and compared the concept – was it interesting to me? I always assume if I find it interesting, someone else should as well. I looked at the craftsmanship – did the artist choose appropriate materials and how well did the artist make use of the chosen materials? Craftsmanship is called that for a reason and a true craftsman (woman) demonstrates their professionalism in every piece they create. I won’t go into too much detail about what swayed my choices but I will point out that 1st place had an interesting concept, utilized a very interesting selection of materials and was extremely well-crafted. 2nd place had a very dynamic and dramatic composition and had a development of ambiguous space, flat and at the same time atmospheric. Third place used color and texture to create movement and space and was beautifully painted. The honorable mentions exhibited much of the same qualities as the prizewinners but as previously stated that is the nature of a juried show.

As frequently happens when I judge an exhibition, I was very grateful for the opportunity to see so much good work in such a compressed amount of time. Having to make decisions about the work forces me to really try to understand the minds of the artists involved and I will take away ideas that will someday filter into my work and the work of my students.

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“It Was There All Along” Winners

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BEST IN SHOW: John Roppolo “21st Century Man”                                                                 … Continue reading

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