And, the winner is …

Saturday, September 30 is more than the last day of the month. It’s also the day we will announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Island City Juried Art Exhibition and present them with ribbons and cash awards!

the-mask-by-ray-arcePlease join us at 7 PM Saturday evening at Art Gallery 21 as we unveil this year’s spectacular showcase of work created by 30 of our finest local artists. Local African American artist and teacher George Gadson served as our jurist, selecting 45 wonderful examples among the entries we received to grace the walls of our little art gallery. The mediums are diverse; from oils, watercolors, acrylic and pastels to photography and mixed media. Large and small, we have it all. And, the majority of them are for sale!

We will celebrate with music by Cindy Curtis & Company, and refreshments provided by Nick & Shawn’s Courtyard Cafe. Come meet the artists. You’ll make new friends and you may run into old ones. After all, we’re your neighborhood art gallery. We mean it when we say we’d love to see you again or meet you for the first time!

THE MASK by Ray Arce | Mixed Media | $800

Won’t you join us?

Artist's Materials-smallWe are super excited! This Friday, February 12th we will present the awards to the winners of the Fourth Annual Island City Juried Art Competition. Now, this is not done in a vacuum. Presenting cash prizes and ribbons is serious business, so it’s done during the whirlwind we call an “Art Social!”

The great thing about our art socials is that we offer refreshments, there’s always someone to talk to, and we showcase the work of some of south Florida’s best fine artists, so there’s lots of eye candy! We’re thrilled that this year’s juried competition brought in a diverse selection of art, including watercolors, acrylics, oils, mixed media and photographs. There’s absolutely something for everyone and we sincerely hope you’ll have a few minutes to come by and see for yourself how wonderful this show is!

A huge shout out to our jurist, Tyce Marshall! He is an award-winning artist who graciously agreed to work with our gallery curator, Robert Gross, to select the winners. He spent a lot of time looking at the individual entries, studying color, technique and subject matter to choose the best of the best, ’cause there’s not a bad piece in the bunch!

The festivities will begin at 7 PM Friday evening and we anticipate the winners will be announced between 7:30 and 8 PM. Come join the fun! You always have the option of walking one block west to Wilton Drive and grabbing dinner at one of the many fantastic eateries located in the City’s Arts & Entertainment District, so make a night of it! We’ll be so happy to see you again or to meet you for the first time!

juried competition …

Just out of curiosity, I searched Wikipedia for “juried competition” and learned some very interesting things about their history.

The earliest juried competitions were held in Greece, under Aeschylus and his successors. During the Middle Ages in 1441, a public poetry competition called the Certame Coronario was held in Florence with the intention of proving that the spoken Italian language was not inferior to Latin. (Interesting reason for a juried competition, huh? LOL!)

Before the advent of the Internet, national and international juried competitions were (and still are) widely advertised in trade journals, newspapers and magazines, with jurists selected from among the artistic elite. Competitions of visual works accepted photographic slides from competitors to represent the work entered because of the cost-prohibitive nature of sending and receiving whole artworks. After judging, only the selected works were sent on for public viewing if the competition included such a venue for the selected works. 

Since the advent of the Internet, many competitions for visual works began accepting entries in digital form as well as slide form. The growth of the Internet also saw service firms appear offering organizational tools for juried competitions allowing for such conveniences as online storage and access of digital images. Some juried art competitions exist entirely online.

11-2015 bob & celia showThis Saturday, we will be accepting entries for our fourth annual Island City Juried Art Competition/Exhibit. We’re a little old fashioned in the way we operate. We’ve been advertising it in local publications, in Wilton Manors’ “official” city newsletter, Town Crier, and, of course, on our Facebook page. A couple of local art teachers have shared the information with their students and the Rules & Entry Form are available here on our web site. Now, we wait to see how many people come to Art Gallery 21 on Saturday to bring their art for consideration.

There IS a certain amount of anxiety involved in these final days leading up to the art intake. Will we get at least 25 people? What if we get 50? We have limited space, so that might mean we have to reject (dare I use that word) some artists. We don’t want to reject anyone! And, what about the weather? Sometimes people won’t come out for an event if the weather is crummy, so there’s anxiety about that, too!

The anticipation is the best part of doing the juried art competition! What new artists will we discover? And, oh! The new people we might meet! That’s the best kind of anticipation! Of course, we love seeing our long-time artist friends, too, so, it has that ‘home week’ quality as well!

So much excitement! Only a couple days to go!

Wish us luck!

NOTE: Art intake is Saturday, February 6 from 12 Noon until 3 PM. The winners will be announced at an art social on Friday, February 12 beginning at 7 PM. Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded and the three winning artists will have their own show March 18 to April 8.