Embracing diversity through art by transporting the familiar to the universal is the theme of this year’s all-media summer competition entitled “The Other Shore” that opened at Tappahannock’s Artists Guild on Friday, July 18 in the gallery at 200 Prince Street. This competition was the sixth annual summer event sponsored by TAG and features the works of 19 local artists. Fifty-one works of art in various mediums are featured, from oil paintings to photography, encaustic wax, watercolors, acrylics and mixed mediums. The awards’ ceremony was held during the opening reception.
This year’s first place winner was Mary Lloyd, a recent graduate of St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock. Lloyd’s acrylic work entitled “No Woman is an Island” captured the attention of Monti Sikes, the judge of this year’s competition, with its combination of classic portraiture and surreal landscape elements “woven” into the subject’s skin.
Second place was claimed by George Jennings of Tappahannock with his oil rendition of blazing hot rooftops titled “Scorched.” An architect by trade, Jennings frequently combines his passion for architecture in his award winning oil paintings, employing the use of vivid colors in a representational style. True to form, Jennings’ paintings are a quick sale for anyone lucky enough to buy one.
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Susan Stephenson, Karen Kagey, and Ann Eubank