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all-media - dec. 2012

December 2012 All-Media Exhibit
Juried by Linda Brinker Hafer

December 5, 2012 - January 7, 2013
Opening Reception:
Thursday, December 13, 6:30-8:00 pm

Click here for a complete show program.
Click here to view this month's exhibit on flickr.

"Procession" by Elizabeth Loftis

Juror’s Dialogue with Erica Fortwengler
She served as The Art League’s Executive Director for 15 years, knowing every in and out of the organization like the back of her hand. Most would say that she knows the gallery best, as her first post within The Art League was as its Assistant Gallery Director. But when Linda Brinker Hafer walked into the gallery on December 4th, she found herself in an unfamiliar position. She was about to step into a role within The Art League she had yet to fulfill, that of Art League juror.

“This is a really hard job,” Hafer exclaimed. “It was a real challenge to cut out the last hundred pieces.” Ultimately, Hafer selected 136 works out of the 607 submitted.

“I’ve always appreciated that there isn’t one school of thought represented by the artists who exhibit here. There are so many different approaches, different styles, and different mediums represented on our walls. I wanted this show to celebrate that. My aim was to select the best works within each genre and medium.”

Initially, Hafer was looking for pieces that “grabbed her.” She’s particularly drawn to pieces with high value contrasts and rhythmic compositions. Strong lines are prevalent in many of the works she selected. While she’s attracted to works with incredible, intricate detail, she’s also drawn to minimalist works that give the viewer a breath of fresh air. As she continued to narrow her selections, Hafer weighed technical proficiency more heavily in her decisions.

Hafer remarked that she was surprised to see how presentation is still an issue for many artists. “There were many pieces where I loved the artwork, but either the mat or frame (or both) just killed the piece. Artists need to think of presentation as part of the composition.”

Procession by Elizabeth Loftis stood out throughout the jurying process and therefore received the Carol Zakaski Memorial Award for Best in Show. “There’s great movement and flow in this piece. It feels active. I love the warm color palette, the value contrast, and the black outlines.”

Wendy Donahoe’s Nicholas was selected for the Second Place Marker Award. “What incredible technical expertise and detail. It’s amazing how you can see the fine hairs on his arm, the five o’clock shadow coming in on his face. It’s a beautiful and quiet piece.”

"Nicholas" by Wendy Donahoe

The works to which Hafer awarded Honorable Mentions share many of the same qualities – strong line, bold color, and high value contrasts. Many also have predominately warmer colors, her preferred color palette.

“I hope viewers walk away amazed by the variety of visions on the walls, and I hope artists are inspired to try something new. I’m so delighted that I was invited to be a juror. What a pleasure it always has been to see the marvelous work entered, and I concur with so many jurors before me that I could have filled more walls if there were more wall space to be had.”

Linda Brinker Hafer served as Executive Director of The Art League from 1997 to 2012. Before moving into arts administration, she worked as an artist in a variety of media with an emphasis on printmaking. She studied at the College of Mount St. Joseph-on-the-Ohio and the University of Cincinnati, but she did not begin her studio-focused art studies until moving to Virginia. Hafer continued her art studies at the Northern Virginia Community College and The Art League School. Hafer has juried exhibits throughout the region for many groups including the Maryland Federation of the Arts, Fredericksburg Art Festival, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, and Multiple Exposures Gallery.




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