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Influence of Fauvism - May 2015

The Influence of Fauvism
Exhibit dates: May 6–June 1, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, May 14, 6:30-8:00 pm
Juror: Alison Sigethy


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Fair Valley by Lisa Neher
Fair Valley by Lisa Neher, winner of the Amelia T. Clemente Family Award for Best in Show

Juror’s Dialogue with Erica Fortwengler

Fauvism was a movement developed by a group of early twentieth-century artists in France (les Fauves, "the wild beasts") whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by the Impressionists. For the May 2015 exhibit at The Art League, artists were tasked with presenting a fresh take on this historic movement.

Juror Alison Sigethy wanted to select works that truly embodied the core principles of Fauvism. She wasn’t interested in a piece being about or representing a particular subject – she wanted movement, color, expression, and the use and application of the medium to be the tenets of the piece.

Sigethy felt that the selected artists truly modernized this twentieth-century movement by making their pieces even more about color, expression, and abstraction than the original Fauves. “The artists did an excellent job of looking at Fauvism with fresh eyes. This really demonstrates how all things can be reinterpreted and be made new again.” She was especially glad to see the artists’ unique voice shining through in each piece.

Use of color and purposeful mark making are the common elements throughout the works Sigethy selected as award-winners. “This combination gives these pieces a lot of life,” she noted.

Sigethy awarded the Amelia T. Clemente Family Award for Best in Show to Lisa Neher for Fair Valley. This piece incorporates all the elements Sigethy was looking for. The subject matter is secondary to the use of color, medium, and emotion. The piece is highly expressionistic and there is a strong sense of movement and flow throughout. And, the artist has demonstrated a real confidence in the handling of the paint. “There is real beauty in the boldness,” stated Sigethy.

Sigethy received Bachelors Degrees in Art History and Interior Design from Marymount University. She was a commercial artist and Art Director before taking up glass full-time in 2007. She is on the faculty at the Washington Arts Glass School, and is a Torpedo Factory Resident Artist. She has studied with artists Steve Kline, Elizabeth Mears, Richard La Londe, and Tim Tate.

She has exhibited her work nationally, and her work has appeared in publications including USA Today, The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, American Craft Magazine, Ornament Magazine, and The Alexandria Times. She has curated numerous green art shows including America Recycles for the US Department of State, and has participated in numerous fine craft shows including the Smithsonian Craft Show. She has been a speaker for the Smithsonian Presents Series, and a featured artist in the Phillips Art Collection Museum Shop. She was the Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year in 2010 and a 2014 NICHE Awards finalist.




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