My Experience at the Art Gallery on Sunday I donned my white cotton gloves. I joined a group of perhaps seven women and two men who carried in one art piece in each category judged separately: oil painting, water color, digital photography, photography, mixed media collage, fiber art, jewelry, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, starting at nine this morning and ending at 3:30 p.m. \
Three judges judged each piece, three people recorded acceptance/rejections/awards/comments made by the judges.
It took two judges yeses to be accepted.
It was educational. I learned a lot about what these particular judges were looking at and for. What they liked and did not like. I saw one as the “strong, opinionated one”, one as “weak/quiet/almost non-comitial at times”, and the third, as “having a strong opinion but allowing the stronger one to over ride at times”.
I had the good fortune to sit at lunch with the strong, opinionated judge and get personal feedback about his pros and cons about my pieces. I heard things like “good composition”, “good use of color”, “don’t use that title it tells us too much, it’s not necessary”; “this piece is good for you and the other person involved but it didn’t reach ME”…This included examples of other work that did a better job of showing it’s emotion. I wish I could have heard more from the other two judges as well.
It was mind boggling. There was so much GOOD ART there that it boggled the mind to see what got accepted, what didn’t and how they were judged. I saw backs turned from work that was exceptional in my eyes, there was so much superb art and very, very little that I would have said no to. It seemed at times like a crap shoot, as to what got in and what did not.
I got to know some of the other artists, had time to chat with them about their art, their experiences, etc. and share mine with them.
The good news is that three out of four of my pieces have been accepted for the show. Hard Times, Desert Cactus and Snake, and Living Green.
I’ll tell you more after the reception on May 2, 2009…You are all cordially invited. It is going to be a terrific show!
Hey this is one of the 3 that was accepted: Happy Cactus Monday!
Who knew that a few scraps and 11 hours of play time could produce a winner?