Best of Show - Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough Best Aqua - Barbara Rettig Best Graphic - Beverly Grimes Ashland - Marcy Matherne Southern Art and Framing - K.S. Galey Alabama Art Supply - Deborah Guy Judges Choice - Lynda Smith Touart Denise Inge Memorial – Satomi Atelier
Fall Exhibition at Cathedral Square Gallery with Judge's Comments
Best of Show: Lynda Smith Touart “powerful composition, unusual angle / view, masterful control of medium, & balance of the abstract with the representational” Best Aqua Media: Barbara Rettig “masterful on all levels, control of medium, use of color & light & pattern, the angle of view although lookling down also seems to be hanging on a wall ix intriguing & calls me back over & over” Best Graphic: Kate Seawell “subtle & powerful, lyrical left to right movement countered with strong verticals & extreme dualities that keep our attention & sensitive use of a limited palette” Southern Art and Framing Award: Martha Ann Rowan “I was drawn to that ambiguity of the figure. It speaks of a dreamy quality that would evaporite if not for the strategic use of the solid hard edge orange rectangle” Alabama Art Supply Award: Barbara Cline “Intriguing pattern & movement emerging / spiraling out of the black – they have a botanical feel & seem to pull you in & the[sic] push back out” Ashland Gallery Award: Marcy Matherne “this piece seems to breath[sic] / pulse although completely defined hard edge shapes the repetition makes the flower seem like is is folding & unfolding – masterful use of the medium” Honorable Mention: Satomi Kamei “the emphasis is right where it needs to be on the girls longing expression Nice handling of the space & images around understated” Honorable Mention: Lydia Host “Nice placement & movement of the figure pushing out of/ against her space” Denise Inge Memorial People's Choice Award: Clare King
2017 SPRING EXHIBITION AT ESAC
Best of Show, Ruth S. Bruckmann Memorial Award Corky Goldman: Colors of Spring
Best Aqua Media Barbara Rettig: Intermission
Best Graphic Media Gail Bramer: Spring Snow Melt
Members’ Choice Denise Inge Memorial Award Lynda Smith Touart: Bonus
Ashland Gallery Leila Hollowell Memorial Award Libby McCawley: New Orleans
Southern Art & Framing Award Lynda Smith Touart: Man of the Earth
Alabama Art Supply Award Susie Wallace: White Wine in Waiting
Honorable Mention Award Satomi Kamei: Saukt Gilgen, Austria
Judge’s Merit Award Marie Nickerson: Light on My Shoulder
Ashland 2016 Fall Exhibition
Best in Show Lynda Smith Touart: Barnacles Loved the warm colors and illusion of depth through the crisp edges and mysterious dark spaces. The golden interiors pulled me in. The art itself is strong. Would have liked to see the matte-ing more crisp and pencil lines gone. Wide matte good.
Best Graphic Kate Seawell:OrangeLilly Could look at the nuances of this pieces for a very long time. Their crisp edges, texture and bleed through were captivating. The wallpaper assembly added to the interest. Found the cut outs somewhat distracting. Would have preferred torn edges to keep with texture of piece. Orange a good color call.
Best Aqua Media Suzie Wallace:Iris Traditionally excellent watercolor technique. Interplay of warms and cools keep the viewer entertained and travelling through space. Pleasing.
Ashland GalleryAward Satomi Kamei:Afternoon in the Park Appreciated the atmospheric touches and subtle color changes. Could recognize a style and also #29 was pleasing
Alabama Art Award Lynne Weeks:Winter at the Quarry Calligraphic brush strokes and the delicious color of the big rocks interplaying with the window glaze won me over. A mostly cool painting is a rarity.
Southern Art and Framing Award Kathy Friedline: Fox Went out on a Snowy Night The graphic technique was bold, but created an intimate mood. The complimentary color scheme bounced my view from the fox through the trees.
Adele Fay, Frederick Marchman, Coco Hays Memorial Award Frances Ashcraft: Storm Clouds Bold and thick application of color and addition of ink lines gave these watercolors a graphic print feel.
Members’ Choice Lynne Weeks: Benjamin’s Beach
Additional Judge's Comments: #26: Meticulous brush work in fur and field and a personality in the dog make this work a close call for award. #47: Yupo is a difficult choice for portraits. Enjoyed the color scheme and expressions in this. Felt girl on left was rendered stronger than right. #43: Enjoyed their interplay of pencil lines, negative and positive painting. #45: Enjoyable detailed etching, simplicity of foreground leading into complicated background. #16 Variety of color wall and ground elevate this café sketch.
2016 Spring Exhibition at Innova Arts Awards and Judge’s Comments
Best of Show Ruth Bruckmann Memorial Award Veronica Galey: McClaine Comments: Beautiful drawing – I love the fact that you wonder what she is thinking, mysterious
WGAS Best Aqua Media Satomi Kamei: Route 25 to 43, AL Comments: Excellently done – the sense of space, wonderful, as if I can step into the work
WGAS Best Graphic Arts Lynda Smith Touart: Backstroke Comments: Excellent, the abstract qualities of a figure moving in water
Ashland Gallery Award Monique McFarland: Quite Glassy Comments: Well done watercolor – I enjoy the reflections as I can get lost and discover new things.
Southern Art and Framing Award Kate Seawell: Silver to Aqua Lilies Comments: Enjoy the abstract qualities of the irises, which is created by the juxtaposition of the three panels – love the movement
Alabama Art Supply Award Kathy Friedline: Let Me Eat Catfood Comments: Love woodblock as it reminds me of the Japanese style of the 19th century
[Judge Grady Byrd’s comment: Real good show, watercolor hard to judge, so many good. …]
Spring 2014 Exhibition Daphne Art Center Judge’s Comments
BEST OF SHOW - Founders Award - Marie Nickerson for Where Do I Go From Here? Great design, control of value, ethereal quality.
WGAS BEST AQUA MEDIA - Marilyn Ammons for Granny’s Bowl with Fruit Maintains freshness.
BEST GRAPHIC ARTS - Barbara T. Thomas for Golden Girl Well done, looks like real person
MARIAN STOHRER MEMORIAL AWARD - Mary E. Rodning for restless night… Real good contrast, crisp.
ALABAMA ART SUPPLY AWARD - Kate Seawell for Day, Twilight, Rain Like all pattern design.
SOUTHERN ART & FRAMING AWARD - Jo Patton for Buoys and Gulls Good design theory.
MERIT AWARD - Lyons Share Gallery - Satomi Kamei for Silent Beach Captures mood.
NO. 1 HONORABLE MENTION AWARD - Gail Bramer for Storm Clouds Dreamlike, economy of detail.
NO. 2 HONORABLE MENTION AWARD - Ann Pearce for Contemplation of Color Abstract paint, good line quality.
Terry Cherry Judge
Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society of Mobile Fall 2013 Exhibition Mobile Arts Council, Judge’s Comments BEST OF SHOW – Ruth S. Bruckmann Memorial Award - $500 V. B. “Corky” Goldman for Singing in the Rain Captures the fun of the moment in the rendering of the little girls’ expressions. And looks WET.
BEST AQUA MEDIA – David McCann, Rev. Robert Moore McCown, S. J., Michael Ivy Memorial Award (donated by Maurine Shorkey) - $200 Ernest Kirkland for Octopus Stump Difficult subject made beautiful. Color choices work well, while the value changes are carefully controlled.
BEST GRAPHIC ARTS – Hazel Harris Smith Memorial Award - $200 Phyllis J. Henson for Fred’s Mule Head in interesting gesture, pencil strokes develop strong feel for the texture of the animals hide. Well-placed value scheme.
GEORGE DUBINA MEMORIAL AWARD - $100 Karen D. McGahagin for Never Too Young Warm and sentimental subject well-handled. Gives good vibes.
SOUTHERN ART & FRAMING AWARD - $100 JoAnn Cox for Sitting Samurai Strong focus. Nice color evokes images.
ALABAMA ART SUPPLY AWARD - $100 V.B. “Corky” Goldman for Dog of My Heart Very carefully rendered. Total command of the medium. Generates a very warm response.
HONORABLE MENTION AWARD - $50 Joanne Brandt for Robertsdale Rodeo Steer Good placement on sheet. Loose but convincing. The colors work beautifully.
HONORABLE MENTION AWARD - $50 Lynda Smith Touart for Cogon in Winter A careful labor with a great result. A few color surprises are worth looking for.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS FROM THE JUDGE: A great show. It does Mobile area artists proud. That made the judging difficult. I spent time evaluating each entry to be sure I understood the artist's intent, and whether it was a success in the endeavor. I looked for balance in composition, color and values and obvious professional handling of the media. I thoroughly enjoyed the exercise and I am grateful for being given the opportunity. Richard Millman
Fall 2013 Members' Exhibition at Eastern Shore Art Center
Best of Show Barbara T. Thomas "Vanitas I" Conte Crayon on Paper
Best Aqua Media Carole Hagerman "Coastal View" Aqua Media on Paper
Best Graphic Arts Kathy Friedline "The Old Red Fox and Seven Squirrels" Pen & Ink, w/ Watercolor
Southern Art & Framing Award Jo Patton "Little Lamb" Watercolor Mixed Media
Alabama Art Supply Award Judy Aronson "Maritima" Watercolor on Paper
Lyons Share Award Jo Patton "Little Lamb" Watercolor Mixed Media
Honorable Mention Awards Conroy Hudlow "Self Portrait 2012" Charcoal/Colored Pencil on Paper Lynda Smith Touart "Life" Color Pencil on Stonehenge
Judge's Merit Awards Joanne Brandt "Blount County Goats" Watercolor on Yupo Paper Frances Ashcraft "Peppers" Watercolor on Paper
Members' Choice Award Marie Nickerson "Glory" Water Media on Paper
Fall 2012 Members' Exhibition at USA Library Awards with Judge's Comments
WGAS Best of Show ($500): Ernest Kirkland “Contemplation” Graphite on Paper/2012 “Great use of light, medium and dark values! Excellent drawing skills. Well done!”
Ruth Bruckmann Best Aqua Media ($200): Frances M. Ashcraft “Plying the Tombigbee” Watercolor on Paper/2012 “The boat and barges are sitting correctly in the water and the water is convincing. Nice variety of outside edges and good values.”
WGAS Best Graphic Arts ($200): Kate Seawell “Cadmium Red” Monotype on Paper/2011 “Nice design with variety of shapes and outside edges.”
Alabama Art Supply Award ($100 Gift Certificate): Joanne Brandt “Angelo the Bull, Baldwin Co. Cow No. 5” Watercolor on Yupo/2012 “Excellent! Nice use of drawing and color!”
Southern Art & Framing Award ($100 Gift Certificate): Barbara Cline “Empty Nest” Pen & Ink w/ Watercolor on Paper/2012 “Nice use of pointalism and drawing skills. I like the little surprise in the nest.”
Honorable Mention Award ($50): Karen McGahagin “Buckshot, Button & Creola” Watercolor on Paper/2012 “Nice use of light, medium and dark values and I like the variety of outside edges. Has good control of the medium.”
Honorable Mention Award ($50): Marcy Matherne “Snow Bound” Acrylic on Watercolor Board/2012 “I love the placement of the wagon and the placement of spokes and twigs. Nicely executed.”
Members' Choice Award ($100): Lynda Smith Touart “Caribe” Color Pencil on Stonehenge
Awards in the Members' Exhibition at Mobile Arts Council June 2012
Best of Show: Phyllis J. Henson, "Little Big Mountain", Watercolor on Paper
Best Aqua Media: Allan Butt, "Along the Silk Road - A Farm", Watercolor on Paper
Best Graphic Arts: Lynda Smith Touart, "Cacti Oh Myyy", Color Pencil on Paper
Bea Tucker Memorial Award: Frances M. Ashcraft, "Days End", Watercolor on Paper
Southern Art & Framing Award: Charmaine Neylon, "Butterfly, Butterfly, Come Play with Me", Ink on Paper
Alabama Art Supply Award: V.B. Goldman, "Swiss Window Flora", Watercolor on Paper
Honorable Mention Award: Clare King, "Beignets at Cafe du Monde", Watercolor on Paper
Honorable Mention Award: Loran Chavez, "Scatter!", Watercolor on Paper
Members’ Choice: Frances Ashcraft, “Step Sittin”, Watercolor on Paper
Awards in the Members’ Juried Exhibition at ESAC 2011 (Judge’s comments in italics)
Members’ Choice: Jo Patton, “Wet Feet II”, Watercolor on Paper Honorable Mention I: Frances Neumann, “Read To Me”, Watercolor on Paper (Love the composition. Shows an ability to organize subjects into a really interesting composition. Makes me smile and it is beautifully done.)
Honorable Mention II: Derald Eastman, “Sailors Beware”, Acrylic on Paper (There is so much emotion in this painting. The Impressionist style lends itself to make the viewer feel the impact of the subject matter. Good job.)
Alabama Art Supply Award: Joyce Shields, “Together II”, Watercolor on Paper (I loved this painting. It is creative and outside the box. Delightful and fun.)
Jean Zaremba Memorial Award: Susie Wallace, “Croton”, Colored Pencil on Paper (Just Beautiful! Cannot help but admire the detail. Great job on composition and execution.)
Lyons Share Custom Frames and Gallery Award: William C. Morris, "Backside of a Rough Ride", Transparent Watercolor on Paper (Beautiful job. The strength is in the draftsmanship and color. Technically superior.)
Southern Art and Framing Award: Peggy Lawrence, “Arbori Vitae”, Watercolor & Acrylic on Paper (This painting immediately attracts attention. The use of the yellows/oranges brings excellent contrast and makes the painting very interesting and appealing.)
WGAS Best Graphic Arts Award: Kate Seawell, “Ink Dream”, Block Ink/India Ink/Mixed Media on Paper (Non-representational is often the hardest. Nice Job of both composition and color. Shows a real creative approach to the piece.)
Ruth S. Bruckmann Memorial Award for Best Aqua Media: Allan Butt, “The Green Roof”, Watercolor on Paper (The strength of this painting is in color selection. Interesting composition due to the twist of perspective. Very nice!)
WGAS Best of Show Award: Lynda Smith Touart, “Creping Up”, Color Pencil on Paper (Beautiful composition and handling of medium. A real winner.)
General comments: “Jurying this show was not easy. I am so impressed with the variety of work as well as with the quality of so many pieces. Paula Payne, Judge/Juror
Juror’s Comments from the Shared Expressions Exhibition 2011 (Judge’s comments in italics)
Allan Butt, “Colored Glass”, Watercolor on Paper, (“Bright colors, nice composition and good reflections; comes together to create a very good piece.”)
Lynda Smith Touart, “Shore Thing”, Color Pencil on BFK, (“A complicated painting which was executed with precision; Use of color for separation was perfect for this painting.”)
Peggy Lawrence, “Believe”, Acrylic on Paper, (“Color was used for the viewer’s eye to travel directly to the subject.”)
Satomi Kamei, “At the Pub”, Watercolor on Paper, (“Light directs the eye to the subject in this painting. Well executed.”)
General Comments: “This show has many different styles and techniques. The use of color and light are well used to create these paintings. The many subjects selected by the artists exhibit varied interests. A good show with many talented artists.” Carol Creel, Juror