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All-Media Exhibit - January 2008

January 2008


>100 Artists

All-Media Membership Show


January 9 – January 30, 2008




Award(s):  The Ruth Greges Award, and Honorable Mention Awards.

Show Info: Opening Reception, Sunday, January 13, 2:00–4:00 pm, in the gallery.  Awards presented at 2:30 pm.

639 entered, 121 accepted




Juror's Statement:

with Erica Fortwengler




Jerry Coulter juried The Art League’s >100 Artists” Show, the first membership show of the New Year. “A juried show is a reflection of the juror, not the paintings or the artists.  It’s one person’s opinion.  So please don’t be discouraged if you weren’t selected,” stated Coulter.  Coulter came to the gallery expecting his task to be difficult, but it was much more challenging than he anticipated.  He felt that the work was extremely strong overall.  He was impressed by the quality and strength of work in each media, and felt that each medium was well represented.

For Coulter, subject matter is completely irrelevant in creating a strong work of art.  It doesn’t matter what artists paint or depict in their work.  Coherence of form is what matters – line, value, color, and composition are the tenets of what comprise a successful work.  “A good painting, or piece, needs to go beyond the image and convey a particular feeling through expressive form.  The result may be realistic or abstract as long as an expressive unity is achieved. Some artists were quite innovative and were able to transform their materials, or use them in a new or different way, to create a landscape or still life for example,” remarked Coulter.

Coulter awarded The Ruth Greges Award to Ellen Cornett for “Three.”  Coulter felt that the artist was able to take subject, figure, and space and successfully manipulate the balance.  “The artist’s use of subtle color and the pattern of space were well thought out – this is an essay in figurative painting,” stated Coulter. The works that received honorable mentions had “something extra.”  “These artists have demonstrated that they have a command of their materials, and they have accomplished their chosen objectives,” said Coulter.

Coulter studied at Furman University and received his MFA from Ohio University in 1962. He also taught at Columbia College in South Carolina and at James Madison University, where he became a full Professor in 1976.  Coulter has exhibited in over 100 exhibitions at various museums and galleries in the country, from which he has received 26 art awards.  His works feature the human figure painted in contemporary realistic settings.  He has exhibited extensively throughout the Washington area

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