Guest blogger, Abigail Richon, writes about 505 North Gallery and Studio in downtown Frederick:
Form & Figure: A Fine Art Competition
October 18 – November 16
An exhibit of paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture highlighting the figure is currently showing at 505 North Gallery & Studio through November 16. Submissions were received from Maryland, D.C., and Virginia for this first fine art competition held by 505 North. The final exhibit was juried by Bobby Donovan, Director of the Hyattstown Mill Arts Project, and co-curated by gallery owner Kelly Phebus.
“When it came down to the final choices, Bobby and I really had to strictly stick to my call for art: the leaders must embody all three criteria superbly — thoughtful content, highlighting the figure, and with skillful execution…and they do.”
Three awards were given on opening night. Juror’s Choice goes to Tracey Ellis-Guss for her sensitively crafted photograph, Always Beautiful #1. Gallery’s Choice, originally intended to be a single selection, was doubled upon final review to honor both Ron Richard Baviello for his courageous and technically accomplished painting, In His Image, and Joseph Williams for his intellectually sensuous photograph, Dreaming of Infinity. A fourth, People’s Choice, will be awarded at the November First Saturday reception. Anyone who visits the gallery can vote on the artwork that most captivates them.
“So far we have roughly sixty votes from the public since the show opened October 18. I’ll be accepting votes in the gallery up until 6pm November 1 at which point the reception begins, the last votes are added to the tally, and the People’s Choice will be announced at 7pm,” explains Kelly Phebus.
Thirty-nine of those votes were entered in the excitement of the show’s opening reception, where artists and art-lovers shared kind words and good company.
“I was fascinated to see the variety of ways people interpreted the show’s theme. The enthusiasm of the artist and viewers was energizing,” Joe Williams reflects. “
“Winning the juror’s choice award for “Always Beautiful #1” was such a thrill for me,” says Tracey Ellis-Guss. “This photograph is part of a series of works that are being created to tell the story of my friend’s (Teressa Blickenstaff-Kits) journey through cancer therapy and the importance on focusing on what is beautiful and positive about the experience.”
When asked about his response to the announcements, Ron Baviello declared, “You could have heard a pin drop. It was as if no one was even breathing. When the moment of shock was over, and people were breathing again, then came applause…I felt mixed emotions…I wanted to share my vision…Beauty lies within.”
505 North Gallery & Studio is closed Mondays and Fridays, open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00-4:00, open Saturdays 12:00-8:00, and open Sundays 12:00-5:00.
The Juror’s and Gallery Choice awards were announced at the Opening Reception.
Juror’s Choice: Tracey Ellis-Guss for photography Always Beautiful
Gallery’s Choice: Ron Richard Baviello for painting In His Image and Joseph
Williams for photography Dreaming of Infinity