Art Speaks on the Bay Juried Art Show Awards Announced

The Bay School Community Arts Center opened its 4th annual juried art show, Art Speaks on the Bay, on Saturday, April 30 with a reception and awards presentation.  The show, featuring works by 86 Virginia artists, will run through May 31.  Two hundred artists and art lovers attended the opening, catered by volunteers under the direction of Valerie Adams, a Bay School Board member.


David Turner, a well-known Virginia sculptor from the Eastern Shore, served as juror of the show and selected 95 two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces from 377 entries from artists across the state.  Clelia Cardano Sheppard, a sculptor, oil painter, and owner and curator of Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio in Cape Charles, judged the show and awarded seven cash prizes, totaling $2950.  The Juror’s Choice, The Guilelma “Peggy” Tyler Hooper Award, was awarded for the first time this year.  This award was presented to Katherine Maloney for her ceramic piece, Owl At Midnight.


The Best in Show Award, Honoring Bay School Teaching Artists, sponsored by John and Julie Dayton, was awarded to Anne Kushnick for her oil painting, Colonial Muses.  The 1st place, two-dimensional art, The Ammye Herrin Hill Award, sponsored by Tim and Susan Hill, went to Nathan K. Pope for his pastel, Bellevue Pines after SupperThe Zane Edwards Award for 2nd place, two-dimensional art, given by David and Valerie Adams, was awarded to Susan Crave Rosen for her mixed media piece, A Girl and Her Dog.  The Hampton Inn of Gloucester Award for 3rd place in two-dimensional art went to Mel Talley for FromRequiem for a Hotel”, an archival pigment print.


First place, three-dimensional art, The TGA Edgar D. Brown Award, sponsored by Chris and Debbie Brown, went to Dale Peterson for Faith, a 3-D Pen ABS filament sculpture.  Second place, three-dimensional art, The Ellen Garfield & Ari Schwartz Award, was given to Kurt Kindermann for Release, a mixed media piece.  Third place, three-dimensional art, The Claire S. Jones Award, went to Russell Turnage for his porcelain vessel, The Bomb.


The David and Janine Burns People’s Choice Award for $250 will be decided and awarded at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.  All visitors to the gallery may place their vote for this award until that time.  The artwork can be seen on the Bay School’s website at under the Gallery tab.


The Bay School thanks the County of Mathews, event sponsors Davenport & Company and Chesapeake Bank, local businesses, the prize sponsors, the juror, judge and artists, and the dedicated volunteers who worked to make this show possible and a success.  For more information, contact Pam Doss, the school’s Director, at 725-1278 or  The Bay School is located at 279 Main Street, Mathews, and is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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