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Emancipation & Freedom - June 2011

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Emancipation & Freedom
June 8, 2011 – July 5, 2011


Juried by Norm Parish
Juror’s Dialogue with Megan Fox

In conjunction with the year of Diversity in the Arts and the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Art League artists were invited to explore themes of emancipation and freedom for our June 2011 exhibit. Juror Norm Parish saw these themes broadly interpreted and chose works that he felt represented the various concepts of emancipation and freedom.

Parish was pleased with the consistent quality of work presented for this exhibit. He has juried for The Art League before, but this month was his first time selecting work for a theme show. His greatest challenge was balancing the quality of the work with the message behind it. In his view, the quality of the work needed to be stronger than the message in order to be selected.

Ahmed Idan’s “DC Kaffee Freedom” was selected for the Urquhart Award for what Parish saw as a glimpse into the emancipation process. To him, the work “felt like the South,” with its deep earth tones and almost humid atmosphere. Honorable mentions were selected for their innovative use of space, such as Juan Hernandez’s triptych “A Dream,” strong use of composition (Charles Sabin’s “Bromo”) and technique, as in Katherine Sullivan’s “Fourth of July,” and overwhelming freedom of expression found in Della Belle Quillian’s “Dark Clouds Blow Away.” Parish found himself drawn to color first, considering composition secondary to strong hues.

Overall, Parish sought to combine the social commentary inherent in an exhibit titled “Emancipation & Freedom” with the concept of freedom to create without boundaries. He saw an opportunity to explore a specific message while including works that evoked “freedom” in his mind.

Norm Parish, artist and Bachelor of Fine Arts, graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1991 he opened Parish Gallery of Georgetown in Canal Square as a showcase for contemporary visual artists working in painting, sculpture, and photography mediums. The gallery has been in business since June 21, 1991 at the same location. Parish is also the former president of the “Art Dealers Association of Greater Washington” and presently serves as a board member for that organization.



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