CONGRATULATIONS to all who entered the Fall Member Show, and to all the WINNERS!
Our judge Philip Ruehle received a BFA & MFA in painting from Kendall College of Art and Design. Ruehle’s artistic output ranges from wildlife to abstract painting to sculpture, with an emphasis on figurative painting.
This impressive exhibition wonderfully demonstrates Mid Michigan Art Guild’s long-standing tradition of providing an outlet to foster and promote the amazing talents that can be found throughout this region. MMAG’s members have displayed a wide range of skillful and creative work that will offer any viewer a delightful experience. I certainly enjoyed seeing each piece.
There are many talented artists in the show that deserve recognition, but unfortunately there are a limited number of awards to be distributed. Choosing the award recipients was a difficult selection to make. There were numerous pieces that vied for my attention through their engaging content, masterful technique, strong sense of design, and overall visual presence.
Last, but not least, CONGRATULATIONS to MMAG on its 70th anniversary this year! That’s an accomplishment that should make all of its members, both past and present, feel proud!
First Place—ANDREA JERIS: Standing in the Shadows — “Drawn to this landscape for the intimacy created from the small scale. Despite the small scale, it still attracted my attention from afar due to its bold colors and impasto!”
Second Place—JOHN DIEPHOUSE: Wheels of Progress — “Interesting use of shapes and complementary colors. Nice balance of simple and complex forms.”
Third Place—LISABETH CURNOW: Pollinator Botanical Gardens — “Beautiful development of depth and atmospheric perspective.”
Awards of Excellence:
JANE CLOUTIER: Wild Clematis — “I enjoyed the beautiful simplicity of the design and elegant use of line.”
JUANITIA BALDWIN: Geranium — “The warmth & boldness of the foreground contrasts well with the subdued and atmospheric background.”
CAROLYN TEXERA: Lawrence — “The minimal palette helps create a strong sense of color harmony and allow the viewers attention to be placed more on the painting’s subject.”
Certificates of Merit:
KATERIE PRIOR: A Sunny Glen — “This piece attracted my attention due to the deep & rich shadows paired with the bright and inviting lights.”
NANCY GRAY: The Recital — “The bold colors and strong contrast gives this piece a great visual presence.”
YOUNG-SHILL ROBERTS: Oh Boy – Got Wet — “Nice use of chromatic grays! The subtle temperature contrasts in the birds work well.”