Artistic talents on display

Carole and Nickey Rudd of Chelsea view a wall covered with work from local artists during the Shelby County Arts Council's second–annual Juried Art Show's opening reception Sept. 9.

By SAMANTHA HURST / Associate Editor

COLUMBIANA – Strips of texture and radiant hues captured the view of visitors to the Shelby County Arts Council Sept. 9 with the display of the Council’s second-annual Juried Art Show.

“There are some pieces included that just amazed me with the artists’ creativity,” said Arts and Education Director Susan Dennis. “Pieces would come in and I was like, ‘Wow, I never would have thought to do this.’”

Fifty-three artists submitted 133 total entries.

Judge Arthur Price selected 68 pieces of artwork for the show.

“As a working artist, I was so pleased to see such a wide variety of creativity and skill from this lovely community,” Price said. “It was difficult to leave anyone out as it was clear the works submitted to this show were heartfelt and beautifully done.”

Price’s own work focuses on large-scale canvas paintings. Arts Council Founder Terri Sullivan said she selected Price not only because he is a Shelby County resident, but because he also holds great credibility in the art world.

Work including Teresa Wamble's Fylcatcher Vase (Bottom, Left) which was purchased by judge Arthur Price.

“I think having him as a judge actually drew a lot of artists to the show. They wanted for him to evaluate their work because his is so well–respected,” Sullivan said.

She said Price is also a genuine and humble person – qualities that make him uniquely qualified to scrutinize artists who have worked for decades in their respective mediums.

“We were really drawn to him as a juror because he’s one of us, he’s an artist himself,” Dennis said. “I think he is able to be objective about this from his own perspective.”

Artists included in the show range from college students to council instructors and retired members of the community. Price said events such as these are crucial to the health of society.

“It is essential for artists to have an outlet for their works to be seen,” he said. “All communities thrive where the arts abound.”

Tamara Crutchley, a researcher by trade, began painting for the first time after her father died and she went through a divorce.

“I moved into my new apartment and felt compelled to paint,” Crutchley said. “Every time I’m not at work, I’m painting. It just makes me happy.”

Joy emits from Crutchley’s work through vivacious color and a nod to religious art. Her work received honorable mention in acrylics and was also featured on the postcard for the show.

Best of Show winner Doug Doss (Center) with Susan Dennis and Terri Sullivan.

Other artists receiving recognition included: Best of Show Compadres of the Cliffs by Doug Doss, Best of Oils Once Upon a Time by Carolyn McGilvray, Best of Photography Foundation by John B. Shadrick, Best of Mixed Media Bubble by Kathy Martin, Best of Watercolors Quiet Moment by Pat Hall, Best of Printmaking My Childhood by Rachel Fowler, Best of Acrylic Painting Reflections of Me by Timothy McMillan, Best of Drawing The Clod & the Pebble by Mary Liz Ingram and Best of 3Dimensional Media Flycatcher Vase by Teresa Wamble. Honorable mention artists included Oils Untitled I by Scott Owen, Photography Door #1 2nd Ave West by Hank Siegel, Mixed Media Calico by DeAnne Thorn, Watercolors Lapis & Silver by Gayle Jones, Printmaking Sweet by Mimi Boston, Acrylic Dios Azteca del Sol by Tamara Crutchley, Drawing Days Work Done by Mary Liz Ingram and 3Dimensional Media Tua’ thian Garden Ball.

Artwork from the show will remain on display through September, after which it moves to the Comer Museum of Sylacauga for the month of October.

For more information, visit Shelbycountyartscouncil.com.