As part of the festivities, the Newport Art Museum is hosting a very special “Members’ Juried Exhibition.”
For just this year, because it’s the Centennial, all 329 works submitted were accepted for exhibition!
The three jurors have each chosen a group of awards, which are being announced on 3 different dates.
Here is my small tapestry, “Turning from Chaos,” on the left.
This is the one that was chosen for Small Tapestry International: Passages, and traveled to Taos, NM, Tacoma, WA and Glen Ellen, VA in 2011.
The other works in the show include many in the traditional media: painting, watercolor, printmaking, photography, and drawing.
In addition there is one punch hooked rug, and works made of ceramic, tin, wood, steel, bronze, glass, a log, salvaged graffiti, dolls, bark, alabaster, rose stems with thorns, found objects, concrete, electronics, steel cabling, “fiber,” cast paper, copper, gold leaf, crystal, insulation foam, marble, horse tail, and even “Marine Algae harvested from Rhode Island coastal waters!”
Visitors were encouraged to vote for their favorite piece, kind of overwhelming….but the one that really spoke to me was a small oil painting by Libby Manchester Gilpatric, “Beets and Beds.” I wrote it down on the ballot, then when I got home I found it in my pocket. Oops! Forgot to put it in the box and forgot to photograph it, but you can see it here.
Federico Santi’s color changing crystal and electronic “Urchin,” was a lot of fun to watch.
It appeals to my inner child who loves everything colorful and sparkly.
If you’re in the area, come to the Museum on March 30, 5-7, for the announcement of the third round of awards.