Please join our Hostess and EAG member, Annabelle Black for an open house/plien air, on Sunday the 27th from 10 a.m. till ? This will be an all day art party, lots to do. Bring your paints and something to share to munch on. Annabelle has a beautiful setting on the lake in Neoga at 99 Clearcreek Dr. Go right on the waterside and look for the cute outhouse with Black on it. Her number is 217-895-3755
Chris Byford, the son of Ann Miles Black – recently gave us directions to Ann’s house at Lake Mattoon for our up and coming event – Driving directions to 90 Clear Creek Dr, Neoga, IL 62447 from Effingham, IL
Here are the directions…
1. Head east on W Fayette Ave toward S 5th St
2. Turn left onto US-45 N/S 3rd St
Continue to follow US-45 N
3. Turn left onto E 7th St
4. Take the 2nd right onto Walnut Ave
5. Continue onto 100E/Co Rd 100 E
6. Turn left onto 1250N
7. Slight right onto 000 E/000E/3600 E/3600E
Continue to follow 000E
8. Turn right onto 1375N
9. Take the 1st left onto Clear Creek Dr
Destination will be on the right
90 Clear Creek Dr
Neoga, IL 62447
My focus, as the awards judge, was on the arrangement or design of the entire piece of art. Did the artists create a harmony of form that contains one visual idea? I looked at the elements of design – line, shape, space, value, and color – in the light of universal principles of design – hierarchy, rhythm, balance, and unity. Each contender for awards was evaluated using a checklist. Awards were given based on the numerical scores. You may not agree with all the selections, but you can be sure the choices were not made on a whim. As a result of using this checklist, many of the selections for awards were not ones that I would have chosen; however, those pieces that were selected are indeed the proper choices according to the standards and my understanding of them.
Honorable Mention: In no order what so ever.
J.R.Caldwell – Old Barn. I have seen this rustic barn on every country road have driven. This is a classic image with the right mix of colors, shapes, and balance. It lives even though it is dying.
Harold Hampton – Portrait. If this lady were to start speaking I wouldn’t be surprised. It is all there… the lighting, the catch lights in her eyes, and a great expression. Her husband will be proud to display this portrait.
Jan Van Bokel – Wave of Go Go. An ocean in motion. This piece takes me back to Hawaii watching the surfers shooting the curl. The 3rd dimension added by the palette knife work makes the wave really move.
Carolyn Lambert – Luna Moth. This piece should be a book cover for a fantasy novel. The vivid colors and tight composition really make it snap. It has a touch of magic.
3rd Place: Steve Griffith – Wildfire Dawn. This piece reached out and grabbed me. Is it a gothic silhouette? Is it just before or after daylight? The sky’s reflections lead into the scene and the brooding trees hold me there. Dark against darker against black really works here. This striking image is one I would hope to photograph.
2nd Place: Annabelle Miles Black – Purple Rain. I expect a wind blown English lass out of a Jane Austin novel to walk into the scene as I look. The driving rain, blustery wind, creaking trees, and gloomy atmosphere give me a chill. Shape, form, and use of color all come together to make this piece so successful. Truly impressive.
1st Place: Lynn Reznick – On Golden Pond. I particularly liked the great mood inducing colors and subtle use of mass to invoke the time of the day in this landscape. The sky reflected in the water deftly draws the eye into the scene and the darker masses around the lake edges holds you there. I believe the balance of light to dark and mass to space gives this piece its feeling of tranquility. This is also a scene I would like to photograph.
It has been an honor and an education to have judged this show, and I hope I have done the art and artists justice. Thank you.