Art Speaks on the Bay 2014

The Bay School Community Arts Center is proud to present Virginia artists in its second annual juried art show at the Art Speaks Gallery at the Bay School. “Art Speaks on the Bay” opened with a reception and awards presentation on June 28 and will run from Saturday, June 28 – July 19.

The show includes 84 pieces of two-dimensional and three-dimensional artists, exhibiting the works of 70 artists from across the state. 120 artists with 328 artworks entered the juried competition, presenting a diverse and inspiring collection of art in over twenty media. Jurors Chuck Scalin and Mim Golub Scalin were impressed with the excellent work entered and made an effort to include the best of all of the mediums, styles and directions submitted by the artists. At the opening reception, Chuck and Mim awarded seven cash prizes and six honorable mentions. The pair jury and judge independently and then bring their ideas together in a lively discussion to present unified choices. Chuck explained their selection process during the awards ceremony. The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the show. On July 12, the votes will be tallied and the winning artist will receive the $250 People’s Choice Award.

The judges’ award choices represent a diverse selection of artwork. Best in Show was awarded to Dennis Rundlett of Port Haywood for his acrylic painting entitled “Fishing Boats, Denmark.” Other awards were as follows:
2 Dimensional Award Winners 1st place Katherine Gilbert for “Whispers” a digital art piece; 2nd place Kristen Dahms for “Walk in the Woods,” watercolor and mixed media; 3rd place Mel Talley for “Faces,” an archival print.
3 Dimensional Award Winners 1st place Paul Klassett for “Violent Volcano,” ceramic; 2nd place Ida Trusch, “Soaring,” mixed media sculpture; 3rd place Ampofo-Anti for “Tadee,” ceramic.
Honorable Mentions Kate Duffy, “Nicaragua, Someone in Virginia Loves You,” ink & watercolor; Nancy Bruce, two mixed media pieces, “Dark Sea” and “Bridge”; Barbara Hennig-Loomis, graphite drawing “Self Portrait as a Smart Fish”; Rita Cutler, Hooked Rug, “Broken Path”; Emma Lou Martin, mixed media collage “Bits and Pieces II”; Dorothy Fagan, mixed media painting “Cascading Dreams II”.
More than a third of the artists selected for this prestigious juried show are from the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Many more are from the greater Hampton Roads and Richmond areas, with several artists from the Blue Ridge Mountains and northern Virginia completing the list. The Art Speaks Committee would like to thank every artist who submitted art for this show – it is a gift to see so much artistic talent in our state and this level of interest in the Bay School. Beginning next year, the Art Speaks on the Bay juried show will take place in the spring. Next year’s planned dates are May 2 – June 6. The Bay School will again offer the statewide courier service to artists and encourage them to attend the opening reception with an added artist breakfast and retreat the following day.

This event was started last year as a collaboration between the Bay School and the Mathews Art Group, which has since dissolved. The support of MAG and other community partners has been instrumental to the success of the show. The Bay School is a non-profit arts organization with a gallery and a school, offering 100 classes for students of all ages and experience, partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and receives support from local community foundations for outreach programs for underserved populations in the area.

For more information about Art Speaks on the Bay and the Bay School Community Arts Center, please visit our website at or call 804-725-1278.

Featured image:   “Fishing Boats, Denmark” byDennis Rundlett