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All-Media Exhibit - May 2009

May 2009

All-Media Membership Show
May 6 – June 1, 2009


Award(s):  The Norbert G. Brinker Award, the Second Place Award, the Third Place Award, and Honorable Mention Awards.

Show Info: Opening Reception, Thursday, May 14, 6:30–8:00 pm, in the gallery.  Awards presented at 7:00 pm.

597 entered, 133 accepted

Juror's Statement:


with Erica Fortwengler




“You can’t compare one piece to another. You have to look at a piece in terms of what was the artist trying to accomplish, what was their intent. The work must be examined for what it is,” states Joy Turner Luke, juror of the May All-Media show at The Art League.

Luke enjoys a wide variety of work, and appreciates unique and intriguing pieces. She’s always looking for surprises, something unexpected and a little eclectic. While examining each piece, Luke looks to see how each section was handled. If one section is particularly strong but another is not, she will pass on the piece. She looks carefully at paint application and execution. Luke considers the presence of each piece. “It is important to ask, how is the piece going to hold up on the wall? Will is stand on it’s own?”

“I always find good quality work when I jury at The Art League.” Luke felt that the oils and acrylics were not as strong as the prints, watercolors, and photographs. She noted that there were not as many strong abstract pieces submitted as there have been in the past.

The works selected as award winners were the stand out pieces in the show. “Like Clockwork,” by Laura Huff received “Best in Show,” for its innovation, surprising format, composition, great color, and strong technique. Luke was continually drawn to “The Dragon and the Lotus” by Marcel, for it’s “joyous color.” “Kings and Queens of the Food Court” by Suzanne Vigil distinguished itself because of it’s unique perspective and color palette. Luke found “Escalator” by Jim Tetro to be “an unusual photograph. I love the flashes of color and the strong angles.” “Lettuce I,” a photograph by Nancy Monacelli, “has depth that you don’t usually see in a photograph.”


Joy Turner Luke is a painter and owner of Studio 231 in Sperryville, VA, where she conducts intensive courses on color and artists’ paints. She lectures widely on these topics for art schools and other groups with a specialized interest in color. Among the organizations in which she has been active are the Inter-Society Color Council, where she served as president, the Munsell Foundation; the Advisory Board of the Munsell Color Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology; National Artists Equity Association; and the American Society for Testing and Materials, where she has been instrumental in establishing standards for art materials.


Sample Work:






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