The Hardy Gallery recently announced the award winners for the organization's 51st Annual Juried Exhibition.
This year's exhibit was judged by a five-member juror panel comprising artists Jack Anderson, Bonnie de Arteaga, Judi Ekholm, Brian Pirman, and Kristi Roenning. The exhibit features two- and three-dimensional media as well as photography submitted by local and regional artists.
A total of five awards were presented at the opening reception on Friday, June 7.
The first award was the People's Choice Award, a $50 cash prize, which went to Dan Anderson for his piece titled Cairn with Candles.
Daniel B. Anderson, Cairn with Candles
The next three awards were chosen collectively by the five jurors, each bearing a $150 cash prize. Recipients of a Juror's Award were Donna Brown for her work titled Tranquility, Liesbeth Fickes for her work titled Meditating Chicken and Jim Maronek for his piece titled St. Kreditus.
Browns' piece, Tranquility, was created out of oil and cold wax on paper. According to Brown, "I hope that a sense of warmth and tranquility invites you to enter this landscape. You can explore the subtle shadows of the fields and, as the light changes, the colors and patterns before you change as well. There are discoveries to be made as you slowly walk to where you can look beyond. This piece began as a monotype, oil on paper. After several additional layers and passes through the press I continued my own explorations, creating more variation in layers and textures by working directly on the image using oil and cold wax as my medium, adding and scraping and searching for balance. I hope this image leaves room for you to search the fields of late summer in this painting and in your mind."
Donna Brown, Tranquility
Fickes's piece, Meditating Chicken, was a ceramic sculpture. According to Fickes, "I like my sculptures to have an element of surprise - with their own logic. Afterwards I often discover an inner part of myself reflected. As such sculpture has become a need, a way to express and understand myself. The "Meditating Chicken" was developed in a figurative sculpture class with a model. The clay was twice fired, once as green ware, then with the glaze."
Liesbeth Fickes, Meditating Chicken
Maronek's piece, St. Kreditus, was a mixed media collage. According to Maronek, "As a collector of everything you could imagine, and some things you could not, it is natural to incorporate the surplus into a collage. Contrary to the casual observer's opinion, my studio is not cluttered; it is a chock-a-block full of inspiration waiting to be recognized. The process of keeping ahead of these "artist materials" is not a simple one, since stuff accumulates faster than it can be transformed into art. Nobody said art was easy. He who dies with the most notebooks, clippings, ephemera, glue, loose screws, jewelry fragments, magazines, faded photos, and unidentified small parts from pants pockets, wins."
Jim Maronek, St. Kreditus
The last award was the Francis H. Hardy Watercolor Excellence Award, a $250 cash prize, which went to Gary Hanks for his piece titled Rock Island Light Far-Distant. Francis H. Hardy possessed a unique vision and although a non-professional artist himself, he is well known regionally for his watercolor paintings depicting the Door County landscape. To honor Francis H. Hardy's legacy, the Hardy has awarded the second annual Francis How Hardy Watercolor Excellence Award to one artist for the submission of an outstanding watercolor painting.
Gary Hanks, Rock Island Light Far-Distant
Hanks states, "I paint light; the hazy light of early morning and the amber glow of evening. I paint light dimmed by mist and light as it penetrates shadowy clefts and fades into vague distances. I like to conjure fanciful light, an imaginary primordial light, ancient light shining form a distant past, obeying its own rules as it casts its spectral glow. For me light is magical, having the power to lift the spirit and move the emotions. Light is mystical and illusive; its absence can be as intriguing as its presence. It is the prospect of light, in all its forms, which captivates my imagination, calls to me for expression, and propels me forward in my quest."
The Hardy received 135 submissions of which 55.6% (75 pieces) were chosen. The work of the jurors is also included in the exhibit. The exhibit will be on display through Sunday, July 14 at 3PM.