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Open Exhibit - July 2017

July 2017 Open Exhibit
July 5 – August 5, 2017
Juror: Lucila Biscione
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 13, 6:30–8:00 pm

Jill Brantly - Closet Dreams
Closet Dreams by Jill Brantley — honorable mention

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  • The Art League Best in Show


Q&A with juror Lucila Biscione

TAL: ​What did you expect to see before reviewing the submissions?
LB: I was really eager to see different techniques, a variety of work, and various means of expression. All of the pieces were really interesting and I was delighted with the range of work I saw. Nevertheless, the most appealing techniques to me were the watercolor and the pencil pieces, and pieces in which the artist mixed mediums to enrich the art work.

TAL: ​What do you look for in a successful work of art? What were you looking for while selecting the work for this show?
LB: I look for a strong concept, originality, the handling of materials, harmony, and rhythm in a successful work of art. For me, a work of art needs to have a visual harmony to be complete.

TAL: We know that technical achievement is a hallmark of your own work, what role does this play in your selection process?
LB: As an artist, it is really important to immerse yourself in a technique. Your work will expand by exploring all the aspects of this new skill. The key is to dive deep into this new world and explore, explore, explore! By doing this you can surpass all the barriers and you can open up your mind and your work to a new level. I am a true believer that you can always find new things to learn and to discover. This is the reason why I have been working with paper for more than two years – there is always something new to explore.

Tess Olson - Waterfall
Waterfall by Tess Olson — honorable mention

TAL: ​How important is subject matter & narrative in a successful work?
LB: In my case it is important, I enjoy images when they can transmit and tell stories, regardless of how subtle those stories are.

TAL: ​What were the unselected works lacking?
LB: I felt that there were more "work hours" needed for those pieces —some further development of the pieces’ narratives was needed. When choosing the show, I have also tried to make selections that would look cohesive as a group installation.

​TAL: ​Does your own work as an artist influence you as a juror?
LB: I do not think so; the more varied and original the artwork is, the more I am interested in it. I even felt very attracted to abstract works in this occasion, and that is a departure from my own approach as an artist.

TAL: ​What drew you to the award winners? Can you elaborate on your selections?
LB: Their strong use of the color, rhythm, narrative. And I especially liked the mixed media technique.

TAL: You selected Sally Davies’ Playing with Water as your Best in Show, what would you like to tell the artist about why you picked it?
LB: I would like to tell Sally that I was deeply moved by the colors and the use of the space on the paper. Everything felt into place – an excellent use of the space coupled with a synchronized and well-achieved composition. The narrative of the image was simple yet transported me to an everyday image with history, fantasy, and metaphor.

Sally, keep exploring this path; you have chosen an excellent means of expression!

About the juror: Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lucila Biscione is a paper cut artist based in Berlin, Germany. Lucila studied drawing, painting, and graphic design. She mixes illustrations and paper cut in original, highly detailed, hand-cut pieces. Her work is moved by her emotions and the possibility to transform reality. What Lucila says about what inspires her: “Every small detail of my life can be a story to draw.” Lucila’s pieces remind one of whimsical childhood dreams, magical stories, and mysterious legends of the past – they awake one’s curiosity and love for beautiful, hidden details.


  • Sunday, August 6, 2017, 5:30–7:30 pm
  • Monday, August 7, 2017, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Artwork not retrieved by August 7 will be charged $20 a week.

Playing With Water by Sally Davies — best in show

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