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Open – December 2015

December Open Exhibit
Exhibit dates: December 9–January 4, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 10, 6:30-8:00 pm
Juror: Clint Mansell, Director of
Principle Gallery


View the exhibit program | View the exhibit on Flickr

Boston Girl by Wendy Donahoe, winner of the Gwen Harrison Lockhard Award

Juror’s Dialogue with Raquel Rosa

Who lives in the house in this painting? Why does that woman have that expression on her face? What happened on the street in this photograph?
 “Good art asks questions,” said Clint Mansell, director of Principle Gallery, after his first time jurying for The Art League.

The variety of media and applications in the entries, as well as the breadth of emotions conveyed, impressed him. His selections for this exhibit were based on how he initially experienced them — how they hit him, how they felt — their “psychological draw,” and their overall composition.

Mansell felt composition was the most important technical element. “It’s great to keep people involved through composition and narrative. It keeps the viewer involved and within the artwork. It doesn’t matter what’s being shown. It’s all about point of reference.”

Among the different media, he felt photography was strongest. Having majored in photography in college, Mansell reflected on being able to relate to the photographer’s experience and all the work involved in capturing an engaging image.

Mansell also enjoyed the sculptural works, and expressed a desire to have seen more. He especially favored David Alfuth’s 3-D paper collage, Architecture with Perspective #11, as it masterfully took one medium and recreated it in another. He chose the sculpture for The Art League Award.

He selected Boston Girl by Wendy Donahoe, a colored pencil drawing, as the recipient of the Gwen Lockhart Award for Best in Show, noting that the human face is what we collectively are most familiar with. “This work reflects a perfect human face,” he said. Additionally, this drawing embodies representational photography and well-executed textures.

Mansell chose The Puppies by Patricia King as the recipient of the Carolyn Zakaski Memorial Award for Best Watercolor in Show for its control of medium and relatable nature.

The recipient of the Bertha G. Harrison Award for Best in Show for Sculpture was The Last Woman by Caprica Peniza for its attention to surface detail and sense of movement, Mansell said.

Mansell’s advice to artists was to get feedback from artists and non-artists alike, saying, “everyone’s opinion is important.” He also encouraged artists to spend time considering the presentation of their work, including using frame samples.

Clint Mansell is the Director of the Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University with a double major in photography and sculpture. During his college years, he was educated in many studio disciplines and attained a broad knowledge of what art is and what it can be. After graduating, he moved from Ohio to the DC metro area in search of a career in fine arts. He began working at Principle Gallery as a gallery assistant in 2009, propelling himself upward into positions of increasing impact and responsibility. As the Director, he curates gallery inventory, manages gallery staff, fosters strong relationships with the gallery’s many artists, and cultivates the strongest possible sales.


  • Carolyn J. Zakaski Memorial Watercolor Award ($200): Created in 2010 by Carol’s family, friends and colleagues, this award memorializes her deep commitment to fine arts, watercolor painting, and to The Art League.
  • Bertha G. Harrison Award: Best in Show for Classical Figure Sculpture ($150): Gwen Harrison Lockhart, active Art League member and former President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Member of Art League Board of Directors, established this award in memory of her mother, Bertha G. Harrison. The award recognizes her mother as an example of every parent who has supported their child’s artistic interests and encouraged them to develop those artistic interests.
  • Best in Show Award in honor of Gwen Harrison Lockhart ($250): The Art League honors Gwen Harrison Lockhart's longtime commitment to The Art League's mission and services through her involvement as an active Art League member artist, and former President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Member of Art League Board of Directors. 




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