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All-Media Exhibit - March 2008

March 2008

All-Media Membership Show

March 5 – April 7, 2008



Award(s):  The Board of Director's Award, and Honorable Mention Awards.

Show Info: Opening Reception, Sunday, March 9, 2:00–4:00 pm, in the gallery.  Awards presented at 2:30 pm.

532 entered, 95 accepted



Juror's Statement:

with Erica Fortwengler




Jack Boul has juried for The Art League on a number of occasions and, as usual, he was pleased with the consistent, high level of work. He was also impressed to find that not one school of painting or of thought was solely dominant throughout the submissions. Boul felt that there was diversity in subject matter and media, and that our artists are working in their own directions - which he was happy to see represented.

"There are certain qualities a painting or work of art must have in order for it to be successful - shape, color, light, movement, and space, for example. These qualities can be present regardless of an artist's choice in subject matter, or even if there is no subject matter. Sometimes artists sacrifice these qualities in order to make a statement, but they need to strike a balance." stated Boul. The works selected successfully encompassed those qualities. He remarked that artists need to be aware of the space in which they are working, and to make sure both the positive and negative space is utilized and active. "If I can take away an inch from the perimeter of your piece and it doesn't change anything, then there is a problem," he remarked.

The piece Boul selected as for the Board of Director's Award, "Tuscan Grapevines" by Norma Lasher, excelled at portraying these qualities. "The space worked, the color worked. There's great movement, and I was drawn to the interesting arrangement of edges," he stated.

Boul had hoped to see more drawings, prints, and three-dimensional works submitted. He also felt that framing and presentation was somewhat of an issue. "Framing continues to improve each time I jury, though it's still an issue. Many mats and borders distract from concentrating on an image. Commercial framers have a different goal than that of an artist, and their framing can often look overstated."

"It is encouraging to know that there are so many people painting. Artists rarely get to see what other people are doing. The Art League is a great outlet for artists and the public. There really just aren't many other places like this," complimented Boul.

Boul is an accomplished artist and instructor in the Washington, DC arts scene. After teaching at American University for fifteen years, he became one of the first faculty members at the Washington Studio School. An instructor in drawing, painting, and monotype, Boul has been teaching in the Washington area for over fifty years

Sample Work:







To view all of the images from the show, please click here.




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