Jonesborough’s Juried Art Show
Now in its 7th year the Jonesborough Juried Arts Show is eagerly anticipated each year by artists and art appreciators alike. Submissions of over 125 works last year from artists from multiple states in the southeast region resulted in 75 works being selected for the exhibit. Each year features a different credentialed and experienced juror from outside the area. The juror’s artistic background, training, experience, and aesthetics are part of what creates the individual unique nature of each year’s exhibition.
The 2018 juror, Arnaldo Ugarte, is a Honduran born artist, sculptor, and sculpture conservationist living in Brooklyn New York and working at the Rockefeller Estate. Over his professional career, Mr. Ugarte has served in an assortment of local juried art shows and has participated as a consultant in assistance to other art curators. Past jurors for this annual show have come from a broad variety of backgrounds and artistic perspectives, bringing fresh energy to the artistic community in this region who participate in the exhibit as artists or as appreciators and students of art.
The exhibit features works in all mediums and includes both two and three-dimensional works. The quality of the work at this show is very good, and the type of work is quite varied – from traditional oil painting to watercolor landscapes, to ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, photography, glass, and mixed media, collage, and sculpture.
The artwork is for sale with a small percentage going to the McKinney Center’s Scholarship Fund and the rest to the artist. Cash prizes totaling $2000 are awarded, and a lecture by the juror and a gala catered reception open to the public create an event that is engaging and worthwhile for all involved.
In 2018 awards were given away to the top three artists. Best in Show prize of $1,000 was awarded to Steven Reeves for his painting, LOOK AT ME. The second place award of $600 went to Bill & Tina Collison for their wooden bowl, El Caldera. The third place award of $400 was given to Charles Jones for his painting, Dancers with Zebras. Certificates of Merit were given to Renee Pitts, Vera Tracy, Nathan Gorman, Joan Bauer, and Joel Yarger.
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