Art Speaks Exhibition Opening Reception April 27! April 16 2019, 0 Comments

The Bay School Community Arts Center announces its 7th Annual Art Speaks on the Bay Juried Exhibition.  The show will feature 84 Virginia artists and will run from April 27– May 27.  It will open with a reception on Saturday, April 27 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Art Speaks Gallery at the Bay School, located on 279 Main Street in Mathews.  The public is invited to attend.


The Bay School is honored to have Janly Jaggard serve as both jury and judge of the show.  As juror, Jaggard selected 69 two-dimensional and 15 three-dimensional pieces from 320 entries to be featured in the show.  The works represent an inspired and diverse collection in over 20 distinct media. 


Janly will select 12 winning pieces from the group and will award cash prizes to the artists at the Opening Reception.  This year, the Best in Show award honors Jim and Amanda Taylor, long-time volunteers of the Bay School.  This $1500 award was donated by Friends of the Taylors.  In addition to the Judge’s Awards, the show will feature three Awards of Support.  The Founder’s Award, honoring Roz White, a supporter of the Bay School since its inception, will be selected by Bay School Founder, Wendy Wells-Finn.  The Arts on Main Award will be selected by Betsy Henderson, Executive Director.  And the Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio Award will be selected by Clelia Cardaño Sheppard.  Mathews High School art students will participate as judges, selecting two Students’ Choice Awards.  All of the prizes for the show total $5000.


Janly Jaggard, a native of England, is based in Staunton.  She is both a practicing artist and a teacher of art, working with all age groups and levels of experience in both 2D and 3D media.  Her own art work includes drawing, oil and acrylic paint, vitreous enamel and clay.  She exhibits both nationally and internationally in all mediums.


The Bay School, a non-profit community art school and gallery, is located at 279 Main Street, Mathews, and is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Dominion Energy, Mathews County, and Chesapeake Bank. Art Speaks Gallery programs are supported by gallery sponsors: Custom Comfort by Winn; Randall Kipp Architecture; Gloucester Toyota; Storybound Construction; Mobjack Bay Marina; W.F. Booth & Son Furniture; Richmond Scale, Inc.; Cindy Barnett, Long & Foster; Haynes HVAC/Electrical; Roane's Antiques at The Cottage; Jane Cargill & Peggy Sue Long, Long & Foster Real Estate; Ruthie and Gordon Penick; and Ruth and Tim Morgan.