Floyd Gibson Members Juried Show
Opening First Friday, January 4th, 6 - 9 p.m.
Continues through Friday, January 27th
This exhibition features over eighty works each by different Sarnia-Lambton artists. The exhibition is named in memory of Floyd Gibson, who is fondly remembered as a teacher, principal, painter and active supporter of the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts.
Here are the jurors' comments on the exhibition:
Congratulations to all people who submitted to this years' juried show. Indeed, the three jurors concurred that the quality was of high calibre. We were most impressed with the colour, the variety of medium, and the thought that went into the pieces. Happily, we can say that the art community is strong in Sarnia/ Lambton County, and that we too are extremely glad to be a part of this. That being said, this didn't make our job an easy one, and please keep in mind, we are only three people acting as jurors. Congratulations to our winners, and honourable mentions! Composition, use of materials, originality, and presentation are many things we had to consider. We encourage all of you to keep submitting to juried shows to keep the art strong in our area. Congratulations to our Lawrence House Board members, our director, and our volunteers who provide our area artists with an encouraging venue. For that we thank you.
Thoughts and Comments on each of the Winners:
1st Place - Allison Robichaud’s “Present Moment"
This painting is ethereal and delightful, a moment caught between awake and dreaming. Great use of under painting, and handling of oil paint. Although essentially a realistic painting there is a dichotomy there in that the background is abstract. It's a wonderful mix. We loved the colour, the movement and looseness in the handling of paint. The composition is strong in that objects in focus fall right into the Golden Mean. This is a very strong painting that the judges were all drawn to quickly!
2nd Place - Mary Groombridge’s “Wheres Alice?”
This painting has a fantastic use of colour, and handling of the medium. The subject draws you in, and makes you think! We loved the way the artist handled the frame by painting them out. They become part of the composition, which is so unique! There is a story in this painting; a very playful yet unsettling story.
3rd Place: Patti Cook’s Inner-net:
This piece demonstrates a courageous use of materials and really challenges all creators to move beyond their comfort zone. Oh the work of fabric, thread, and material. What a complex piece! What a great presentation, and the thoughtfulness behind this piece is so dear and personal! We spent a lot of time looking at this piece!
Joyce DeMeester’s “Tired”
Loved the black and white photo! What a superb title and composition with the old tires leading your eye into the picture.
Lexie Harding’s “Dear Mary Help Me Reach My Highest Potential”
Great use of materials----interesting use of text in the work--a thoughtful piece!
David Moores “Art Walk Poster”
Always interesting colour with a powerful figure! We have been so fortunate to have David Moore design the poster for so many years. Interesting circle presentation! Always a joy to see Dave's work!
Rock Harris’s “Couldn't Sleep”
There is mystery, and mood to this painting. It has a Munch flavour! There is an unusual handling of the paint in that it is very tight, and controlled in the bottom portion, yet a heavy almost impasto handling in the sky. This painting requires the viewer to take the time to view it! This is an interesting piece. We loved the purple in it!
Rachael Groombridge’s “Notation Shift”
A wonderful piece. Very abstract, however figures are there if you study the piece! We enjoyed the colour, use of contrast, looseness of paint application and the movement.
Adam Miners “Hed rez Demo”
This is a bold painting. The painting pulled us in by its raw and expressive mark-making and bold paint application. We loved its vibrant colours and energy.
The award jurors are Shelly Mallon (Art Collection Officer at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery and artist), Bill Walters (local artist / painter) and Laura Kreviazuk (artist and member of the board of directors of The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts).