Sixth an­nual Art at the Rock show, sale and mar­ket­place sched­uled at 4-H Cen­ter

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE -

Fine artists work­ing in paint, clay, glass, metal, fiber and other me­dia will con­verge on Rock Ea­gle 4-H Cen­ter near Ea­ton­ton, Ge­or­gia, Nov. 22-23 for the sixth an­nual Art at the Rock.

The ju­ried art show, sale and mar­ket­place at­tracts around 75 artists and a thou­sand vis­i­tors each year.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Nov. 22 and 11:30 a.m. un­til 4 p.m., Sun­day, Nov. 23.

The 2014 Fea­tured Artist is Len Jagoda of Waverly Hall, Ge­or­gia. His sculp­ture won Best of Show in the 2013 Art at the Rock artists’ com­pe­ti­tion.

Jagoda has bred and trained horses, and he and his wife have adopted or res­cued more than 37 dogs, four cats, a goat and a llama. This fa­mil­iar­ity speaks to his sub­ject pref­er­ence — an­i­mals.

“Un­der­ly­ing my por­trayal of an­i­mals is my belief that all an­i­mals have real emo­tions and not just instincts. I want that belief to come through in my work,” he said. “My goal is not to present just a like­ness, but rather a piece that speaks to you — con­vey­ing more than just an im­age. Art should have the abil­ity to move you. It should have an ef­fect on your emo­tions. It may touch your heart, bring ex­cite­ment, tell a story or draw a mo­ment from your mem­ory. Ev­ery por­trait should re­flect the sub­ject’s per­son­al­ity, not just a like­ness. Achiev­ing this sep­a­rates a mean­ing­ful work of art from just a pic­ture.”

Since his first en­try in com­pe­ti­tions in 2008, his awards for sculp­tures and pas­tels to­tal 38, in­clud­ing six Best of Shows, a Judges Se­lec­tion, a Pa­trons Award, the Molly and Claude Scarbrough Award and the Best Head Study Award from the pres­ti­gious Amer­i­can Academy of Equine Art.

Jagoda is an elect- ed mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Artists Pro­fes­sional League and an As­so­ciate of the Amer­i­can Academy of Equine Art. His work has been ac­cepted to many ju­ried exhibition­s, gal­leries and shows. He has had works ac­cepted into four in­ter­na­tional ex­hibits.

The ju­ried show at Rock Ea­gle, in­clud­ing Jagoda’s work, will be on dis­play in the cen­ter’s Se­nior Pavil­ion. Mu­sic, food, and an out­door mar­ket­place of lo­cally grown and made prod­ucts will round out the event.

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