Art Speaks Juried Exhibition 2022

Our statewide juried exhibition is now open! View the artwork online here or in the Art Speaks Gallery. When viewing online, sort in A to Z order to view the award winners first.

This statewide show brings the best of Virginia's contemporary artists to our small-town gallery on the Chesapeake Bay. We showcase two- and three-dimensional artwork from all Virginia artists.

Thank you to our award sponsors! Your support of Virginia artists is appreciated.

Art Speaks 2022 award winners page 1

Art Speaks 2022 award winners page 2

Art Speaks 2022 award winners page 3

Here are some comments from our juror and the list of accepted artists:

"All of the work submitted here shows incredible talent and a mastery of materials. And every submission was worthy of being exhibited. So as a juror, how to decide which work of art to include to the exclusion of others? At this time, in this place, and for this exhibit, the primary parameters for the selection of work were viewer involvement, eliciting an emotional response." Wendy Wells-Finn   Read the rest of Wendy's comments below.

first name

last name

hometown

Sammy

Anderson

Mathews

Pat

Andrews

Goldvein

Margaret

Benton-Jones

Yorktown

Joan

Bevelaqua

Williamsburg

Andrew

Bryant

Richmond

Bob

Carlson

Toano

Ken

Chasin

Charlottesville

George

Chung

Port Haywood

Jessica

Clampet

Portsmouth

Lee

Cochrane

King George

George

Cramer

Gloucester

Kristen

Dahms

Williamsburg

Katherine

Doyle

Gloucester

Carolyn

Dudley

Gloucester

Gary

Edmondson

Mathews

Laura

Edwards

Irvington

Karen

Eide

North Garden

Mary

Ellis

Wicomico Church

Holland

Etheridge

Hampton

Jordan

Flower

Richmond

Kay

Franz

Richmond

Maggie

Gilman

Kilmarnock

Karen

Gutcher

Richmond

Johnny

Hayes

White Stone

Martha

Hayes

Hallieford

Barbara

Hennig-Loomis

Cape Charles

Sue

Henshaw

Cobbs Creek

Dixie

Hoggan

Richmond

Sarah

Honenberger

Tappahannock

Dianne

Hottenstein

Cape Charles

James Warwick

Jones

Williamsburg

Susan

Jutras

Newport News

Shweta

Karmankar

Crozet

Catherine

Kauffman

Heathsville

Barbara

Kershner

Merry Point

Gudrun

Kiel-Bullock

Providence Forge

Karen

Kingsley

Lancaster

Kathy

Klein

Gloucester

Linda

Knight

New Kent

Edee

Lyons

Williamsburg

Katherine

Maloney

Cologne

Carol

Meese

Chesterfield

Lilianne

Milgrom

Fairfax

Tierney

Miller

North Chesterfield

Doug

Mock

White Stone

Kathryn

Murray

Warsaw

Mel

Neale

Lancaster

Sally

Nelson

Henrico

Mark

Parmelee

Bumpass

Jan

Priddy

Powhatan

Cynthia

Ray

Alexandria

Chrisana

Reveley

Henrico

Susan

Rosen

Staunton

Jorge

Saenz

Virginia Beach

Mary Montague

Sikes

West Point

Sheila

Simons

Newport News

Nancy

Sowder

N Chesterfield

Ray

Stubblebine

Mathews

Paulina

Swietliczko

Roanoke

CarolAnne

Taylor

Irvington

Ron

Taylor

Irvington

Russell

Turnage

Lanexa

Jenny

Windsor

Virginia Beach

Erika

Zipser

Staunton

Tom

Zuk

Williamsburg

 Wendy Wells-Finn, Bay School Founder, Juror and Judge, 2022 Art Speaks Juried Exhibition   

It’s incredibly challenging to be a juror for an exhibit.   I recall being rejected for a juried show. I was stunned and perhaps a little offended but now I understand.   My work was not being rejected – it simply meant that my painting did not support the juror’s vision.  It didn’t mean that my work was not good.  It was not a criticism of my efforts. 

 All of the work submitted here shows incredible talent and a mastery of materials. And every submission was worthy of being exhibited.   So as a juror, how to decide which work of art to include to the exclusion of others?

 At this time, in this place, and for this exhibit, the primary parameters for the selection of work were viewer involvement, eliciting an emotional response.

 A display of paintings or pictures that draw you in; that cause you to stop, tilt your head, to wonder, to become involved.  It is an invitation to respond emotionally. The work may compel the viewer or even repel the viewer. It may intrigue, it may cause discomfort, you may love it or you may be indifferent. Each time you look at it you might see something different.

 I hope that each artist and each observer benefits from the 2022 Art Speaks Gallery Juried Show. Thank you for the honor of being a part of it.

Wendy has been creating and teaching for over 25 years.  Primarily self-taught, she studied with PBS Series Instructor and Award Winning painter Barclay Sheaks, and renowned artists Pat Dews, John Barber, Carrie Burns Brown, Nita Leland and others.  Winner of juried show awards, her work is in collections across the US and Europe.  Honored with a one-woman exhibit, nominated for the Alli Award, and recognized in the Int’l Art Expo in New York City, her other works include costume and set design for Grammy winning artists.  She is the Founder & Past Executive Director of the Bay School Community Arts Center in Mathews, VA.  

 After leaving the Bay School Wells worked as the Executive Director of the Morgan Arts Council before relocating to New York City. She spent the next years working as a consultant in the non-profit field of arts and art education, designing and implementing programs for The Central Park Conservancy Scholars Program and the Museum of Art & Design in NYC and the Salvadori Center.  In 2016, Wells opened LMNTL Art gallery and studio and in 2020 relocated the studio to Tappahannock, Virginia where she is proud to be a member of the Tappahannock Art Gallery and the Rappahannock Art League.  

 “My art takes many forms. Sometimes I try to make statements about the world and my place in it.  And sometimes I just make things. I create what wasn’t there before.” – Wendy Wells, You can visit her website at www.LMNTLart.com