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Black and White - July 2009

July 2009

Black and White

All-Media Membership Show
July 8 – August 3, 2009


Award(s):  The Larry Kirstein Award, and Honorable Mention Awards.

Show Info: Opening Reception, Thursday, July 9, 6:30–8:00 pm, in the gallery.  Awards presented at 7:00 pm.

509 entered, 124 accepted

Juror's Statement:

with Erica Fortwengler


“Black and white work is dramatic in nature. Some media lend themselves to being black and white – printmaking, pen and ink, and photography for example. As a black and white photographer, I see the world in black and white.  I want the photographers to know that I was particularly hard on my own medium,” stated Catriona Fraser juror of the July Black & White show at The Art League Gallery.

“Whenever I jury a show, I’m looking for visual impact.  A good work of art needs to be appealing and intriguing to look at as well as technically well done.  It needs to capture and hold my interest, and ultimately provoke an emotional response.  A strong work of art needs to be presented well.  The good work stood out for me immediately.  It was difficult for me to pick only one piece from each artist because generally if I liked one piece from that artist I liked both.”

Fraser is particularly drawn to narrative realism, figurative work, and landscape photography.  She doesn’t want to see artists creating anything terribly derivative.  She mentioned that it was clear that some artists were trying to create work to fit the theme, and this work was not successful.

Fraser selected Wendy Donahoe’s charcoal and graphite drawing “Thirteen” as best in show.  “This is a stunning image and this piece is technically amazing.  It was obvious that this was the award winner as soon as I saw it.  It’s slightly unsettling which I like.  She isn’t looking directly at the viewer, so it makes for an atypical portrait.”

“All of the pieces to which I awarded Honorable Mentions are visually appealing and technically well done.  I’m drawn to all of them for different reasons.  The small portrait (Lesa Cook’s “Darren”) is particularly impressive because there is so much going on in such a little piece.”

Fraser’s advice for artists: take care in your presentation. “Use acid free and PH-balanced mats with your work.  Why spend so much time and talent creating a beautiful work if it’s not going to be preserved?  Make sure your frames and glass/plexi are clean prior to jurying.  It is important that signatures be legible and not obtrusive.”


Fraser is an international award-winning photographer and the owner and Director of the Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland. Her work has been exhibited widely in many galleries in Europe, Latin America, and in the United States. She has curated and juried over 100 exhibits, ranging from the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival to exhibits for various Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland galleries and artists’ organizations.



Sample Work:






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



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