For its October juried exhibit the Alliance for the Arts asked artists to create new works following the theme “Layers, Fiber, Collage & Assemblage.” 74 artists submitted 140 pieces representing a wide variety of 2D & 3D mediums. On Friday, October 3 the 39 pieces selected by juror Jeffrey Scott Lewis will go on display to the public during a reception from 5-7PM.
Participating artists include: Jayne Baker, Katherine Boren, Stacey Brown, KiKi Brewsaugh, Deborah Butler, Donna Chase, Dennis Church, Dan Cronin, Juan Diaz, Sheila Elsea, Patricia Esposito, Ronald Evans, Toni Ferrell, Karen Flanders, Lia Galletti, Katie Gardenia, Gay Germain, Andy Getch, Muffy Clark Gill, Donald Gilmore, Carolyn Gora, Leo Johnson, Mike Kiniry, Kim Goins Kosek, Julie Markytan, Polly Matsumoto, Carolyn McGahey, Kellen Beck Mills, Marilyn Niederman, Jeff & Dale Ocasio, Bea Pappas, James J.R. Roberts, Ava Roeder, Michelle Rothacker, Joel Shapses, Africa Valdez, Dale Weber, Beverly Yankwitt, Barbara Yeomans and Roseline Young.
Juror Jeffrey Scott Lewis is a visual artist and former Visual Display Artist for national companies such as Disney, Ace Hardware, and Ralph Lauren. He has an MFA in Media Design from Full Sail University and a BA in Liberal Studies Florida Gulf Coast University. He says the selection process was challenging. “While all the entries had merit, I chose works that seemed to achieve an excellence in terms of aesthetics or that interpreted the theme of the show in a new or unique way. It is my hope that inclusion in this show inspires the artists to continue to strive for that level of excellence.”
In recognition of outstanding works, cash awards will be presented at 6PM during the reception for Best in Show, 2nd and 3rd Place. The exhibit remains on display until November 1. The juror will lead a Gallery Walk on Saturday, October 4 from 10-11AM.
Paintings by Andrew Hart will be on display in the Member Gallery during the exhibit. Hart works primarily with acrylic paint on mixed media paper, starting most works in charcoal. He says he enjoys painting portraiture, and recently has incorporated different and varying inspirations into his work, including black and white photographs, caricature, bold outlines, collage work, and splashes of vibrant color.