Work­ing Artists Fo­rum Spring Show win­ners an­nounced

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WYE MILLS — On Mon­day, April 3, the Work­ing Artists Fo­rum an­nual spring show at the Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, opened with 50 works in oil, acrylic, pas­tel, water­color, mixed me­dia and print­mak­ing.

The judge, David Diaz, de­clared this show to be “a very nice col­lec­tion of me­dia and styles. I al­ways look at com­po­si­tion, treat­ment of sub­ject, use of me­dia and ap­pli­ca­tion, and over­all vis­ual ef­fect. As artists work­ing on basi- cally a wall piece, we start with a plane and im­me­di­ately try to pull for­ward or push back that flat space to try to car ve some­thing from it. A tricky thing and dif­fer­ently ap­proached de­pend­ing on the me­dia. I ap­plaud those who try and of­ten find new ways. Even af­ter nar­row­ing (the field) to seven, I still found it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to place awards. It was an honor to have to choose from such high qual­ity.”

The Best in Show award went to Sandy Alanko for her paint­ing, “Reef Pa­trol — Spot­ted Ea­gle Rays.” The judge com­mented, “Great use of me­dia to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment with sub­tle shifts of blues and pur­ples and ac­tive brushstrokes di­rect­ing down, along with skill­ful han­dling of the sea life, over­lap­ping and jux­ta­pos­ing hard edges with soft edge sup­port. Ac­tu­ally, if you stare, they seem to float — ex­tra bonus.”

One of the three Judge’s Awards of Ex­cel­lence went to Jane Boll­man for her paint­ing, “Villa de Cortina.” The judge stated, “this is a lovely in­te­rior piece with soft dif­fused light. A paint­ing that bares stop­ping at and study­ing. The light through the cur­tain, and the re­flec­tions cast shad­ows, and the sug­gested out­doors off­set the still life on the pi­ano nicely. A lit­tle gem.”

The sec­ond Award of Ex­cel­lence went to Evie Baskin’s pas­tel and acrylic “Por­trait of Kai.” The judge noted this to be a “well thought out com­po­si­tion that al­lows the sub­ject to drift off al­most three edges of the plane. Pas­tels were used ex­plic­itly to not only de­fine form but add soft, sub­tle tex­tures.”

The third and fi­nal Judge’s Award of Ex­cel­lence went to Judy Wol­gast for her print, “Prospect Har­bor.” “It is won­der­ful to see print­mak­ing in shows. This has so much to look at. At first glance are light to dark forms, then the sub­tle shift to mid tones, then the details that are the sub­ject. Mark making is ex­cel­lent, al­low­ing a feel­ing of depth with ba­si­cally three tones,” Diaz said.

Hon­or­able Men­tions were awarded to Gerry Czajkowski for her mixed me­dia paint­ing, “Owlet Tea­house in the Juli­enne For­est,” Mau­reen Wheatley, for her paint­ing, “Donuts for Me,” and Bar­bara Zuehlke for her water­color, “Ocean Morn­ing.”

The Work­ing Artists Fo­rum an­nual Spring Show at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege is free and open to the pub­lic through­out April. Doors to the lobby of the Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon­day through Fri­day, and dur­ing spe­cially sched­uled per­for­mances. All works of art in this show are priced for sale.

The Work­ing Artists Fo­rum is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion of 90 pro­fes­sional artists from in and around the Eastern Shore who meet monthly at the Academy Art Mu­seum in Easton. Mem­ber­ship is es­tab­lished by a jury com­posed of fel­low artists. For more in­for­ma­tion about WAF, visit www.workingartists­fo­


“Reef Pa­trol – Spot­ted Ea­gle Rays” water­color by Sandy Alanko, Best in Show


“Ocean Morn­ing” water­color by Bar­bara Zuehlke, Hon­or­able Men­tion


“Por­trait of Kai” acrylic and pas­tel by Evie Baskin, Judges Award of Ex­cel­lence

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