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03/18/03- Artists and Art Lovers Invited to 12th Annual Cherokee County Open Juried Competition- through April 5, 2003

Competition organizers Mary Douglass (l-r), Curtis Chapman and Eleanor Thurston presented the awards during the reception.

Mary Douglass and Curtis Chapman pass out awards If you enjoy good artwork but don't want to drive to Atlanta to see it, you'll want to check out the 12th Annual Cherokee County Open Juried Competition hosted at Reinhardt College in the William W. Fincher Jr. and Eunice L. Fincher Visual Arts Center on the Reinhardt Main Campus in Waleska, Ga., from March 18 - April 5, 2003.


 "This is such a quality art exhibit, and it is right in our backyard," said Juried Competition organizer Curtis Chapman, a longtime art professor at Reinhardt College.  "Every year I am so impressed by the breadth and quality of the entrants.  I keep thinking it just can't get better than the previous year, and each year it does!"

 The opening reception and award presentation for the popular event will be held Tuesday, March 18 in the Fincher Visual Arts Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  The exhibit is open to the public free of charge Mondays to Thursdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from March 18 - April 5, 2003.

 Sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc. and the Herbert I. and Lilla W. Gordy Department of Art at Reinhardt College, the current competition features 76 works by 45 local artists from across northern Georgia. The works in the varied show were selected by the juror, Jean Westmacott, an associate professor and gallery director at Brenau University (Gainesville, Ga.), and media used includes oils, clay, pen and ink, watercolor, serigraphy, mixed media, prints, pastels, fiber, scratchboard, stone, steel, wood, pencil, photography, glass, and acrylic.

 Woodstock, Ga., artist Mary Douglass has been involved with this event since its inception in 1991 with Curtis Chapman and has seen the exhibit mature over the years. "I feel the appeal of this exhibit is the variety of beautiful art and the enthusiasm and energy of the many new artists who enter their first juried competition here; they "get their feet wet" and go on to enter other juried art shows. This is a true learning experience and that is what we are about."

 The 2003 juror, Jean Westmacott, has taught at Brenau since 1991. She has a Master�s of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania. Her teaching experience is in art history, art management, aesthetics and criticism, figure modeling and drawing and sculpture. She has participated in a wide range of exhibitions and served as the 2000-02 president of the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries.  


 Westmacott said her criteria for selecting award winners was based on several factors: Did the work capture her attention? Was it well crafted? Did it reach beyond typical or sentimental subjects or concepts? Did it demonstrate excellent principles of design and/or composition? Did the artist demonstrate a facility with the medium used?

"Selecting art for awards is a difficult business, especially when there are so many fine pieces to choose from, as was the case in this exhibition," Westmacott said. "I commend all the participating artists for their creativity, talent and drive to master their art forms."

Alliance of Georgia President and exhibit co-coordinator Eleanor Thurston said each juror is different and has his or her own criteria for "what art is." The juror focuses on identifying artist talent and then selects the first, second and third place award winners, the six honorable mention ribbon recipients, and the Reinhardt College, Cherokee County Arts, Children's Category and Dick Blick award winners.

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