“So many different ways of looking ’round,'” remarked Tom Rutledge, President of the Pine Shores Art Association, at the beginning of the meeting on Monday evening, July 11, before the room full of members.
The exhibit, which runs through July 26 in the main gallery at PSAA headquarters on Stafford Avenue in Manahawkin, is titled “Round.” The entries represent the individual visions and interpretations of the members of the circular concept, from the literal to the abstract.
Some used round canvases. Some made paintings of round objects and one painted on a round object – a record. Some walked resolutelyishwhile others take care of them n Degrees, for example Dee Turba’s defiantly round, smooth white ball approaching Trompe l’oeil with colored pencil on a smooth white loose-leaf sheet. (But is it a real loose-leaf sheet? Look closely.) Dawn McConnell ran with the circular idea and came up with a carousel horse that’s not only adorned with circular detailing but also “goes round and round.”
The show’s judge was Pat Johnson, Tuckerton artist and recently retired SandPaper art editor. Two watercolors received honorable mentions. Judith Schimmel’s “Red Eye Special” shows a tree frog on a leaf. Johnson thought using white space was a good choice. And Phil Meara’s “Beach Find” demonstrates the medium’s sensitivity, she commented, in an intricate scene of a sea glass bottle cap casting a shadow in the seashell-filled sand.
Third place went to Mary Beth McCabe’s “Rest Stop”, a watercolor which the jury felt showed lined-up beach bikes with impressive shadowing.
Second place was “Do I look bloated?” in acrylic paint by Nancy Glines. Rutledge praised the “creative idea” of the work. Johnson loved the soft, harmonious color and humor in the face of the fish.
First place went to Michael Lee for his watercolor “Cherry Tomatoes”. Johnson said she was impressed by the “amazing detail in the glass” of the bowl of tomatoes, as well as the artist’s choice of aerial perspective.
At the beginning of the meeting, Rutledge explained how Grant Wood’s painting “American Gothic” could have been lost to history if an art critic who defended and campaigned for Wood’s work was not seen. It was a story about the subjectivity of looking at art, even your own, and how often the artist’s unconscious is involved.
“We put ourselves in the shoes of this painting,” he said.
According to the Art Institute of Chicago, “American Gothic” was an instant sensation when it was first exhibited in 1930, “its ambiguity caused viewers to speculate about the characters and their history. Many saw the work as a satirical commentary on the people of the Midwest who are not keeping up with a modernizing world. However, Wood intended to present a positive picture of rural American values and to offer a vision of reassurance at the onset of the Great Depression.
“We have good artists in this organization,” Rutledge said. “And we want to encourage each other to keep getting better.”
The Pine Shores Art Association in Tuckerton, the organization’s outbuilding located at 140 East Main St. in Tuckerton (the former City Hall building), will celebrate August 7 with a party from 12pm to 4pm featuring live music by Sinatra to be open to the public /Cash/Standards singer Mike Corliss, face painting and other celebrations. The Tuckerton space will feature art in two and three dimensions, classes, workshops and more.
Back in the main gallery at PSAA headquarters, August’s featured artists, titled “Travels Abroad,” feature couple Linda Saladino and Mary Walker-Baptiste.
Glines announced that the Art Chat group still meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Tuckerton branch of the Ocean County Library and has expanded their meetings to include studio time in the new extension room immediately after the art Include chat meetings to work on projects together.
To see the entire show, visit 94 Stafford Ave. at Manahawkin (second floor) while classes are open. Check the schedule at pineshoresartassociation.org.
– Victoria Ford