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"New Hampshire and Vermont Artists Win Awards in Regional Show"
2000-10-28 until 2000-12-10
Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery
Keene, NH, USA United States of America

The Best in Show honor was awarded to Tafi Brown of Alstead for a hand-stitched quilt called Asakusa, composed of squares of colorized photographs printed on cloth. Second place was given to Harrisville artist Michael Reilly, for the watercolor entitled Marakesh BLO. Third place went to Giffin Russell of Antrim for a watercolor called A is for Apple. First honorable mention was given to Jim Gilmour of West Swanzey for the photo-sculpture Vignette #3, Arthur. Honorable mentions were awarded to Cia Devan of Keene for the photograph Matrix, Barbara Corey of Peterborough for the oil on canvas Point, Line, Plane, and Natalie Harding of Brattleboro for the folded-print book I, #1 (with green cover).

The juried exhibit of works by artists living within 30 miles of Keene will run from Saturday, Oct. 28, to Sunday, Dec. 10. An opening reception at the Thorne, hosted by the Friends of the Thorne, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, with a 6 p.m. awards ceremony for winners of the Thorne's Biennial Regional Juror's Choice awards. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Juror Marilyn Hoffman, former director of the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, N.H., said she was very impressed with the quality and quantity of artwork submitted to the regional competition.

We know that at least 142 visual artists live in the greater Keene region, an area with a total population of only about 125,000 people, because they submitted 259 pieces to this show, says Hoffman. This speaks to the abundance of careers in the arts, and indirectly, to how important arts education is in our schools.

She chose 83 pieces of art for the regional exhibit, explaining that the process was like comparing apples and oranges. Not only must one compare, for example, traditional watercolor landscapes with avant-garde sculptures in new materials, Hoffman said, but, also, one must choose between senior artists with national reputations and novices yet-to-be-recognized.

Instead of awarding five honorable mentions, Hoffman decided to designate Gilmore as the first honorable mention, which carries a larger monetary prize.

Each of the seven honored artists will receive a cash award. In addition, Thorne gallery visitors will select a People's Choice Commendation, with a $100 cash award, to be announced Dec. 1.


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