Winning plein air artwork will be on display in Peninsula

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Peninsula -- Artists created some beautiful works of art during the plein air contest June 6, 7 and 8. Now visitors can view the artwork from June 29 through Aug. 8.

The juried exhibit of 32 works of art created during the competition will be on display and will be available for sale at the John F. Seiberling Gallery in the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park Administrative Offices at 1403 West Hines Hill Road in Peninsula. The award winning pieces will be displayed at the Conservancy's Trail Mix Peninsula store.

Awards will be presented at the artists' reception on June 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the John F. Seiberling Gallery. Awards include $500 for best of show, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Visitors to the reception can cast a ballot for People's Choice, and the artists with the most votes will win a gift basket from the Winking Lizard, according to event chair Debra Bures.

The award winners are Best of Show to Lawrence Churski for "King of the Road;" second place to Kathleen Gray Farthing for "Indigo Lake Depot;" third place to Janet Stolle for "Horseshoe Pond;" and honorable mentions to Mark Erdelyi for "Rescue Dogs," Julie Holman for "Red Winged Blackbird," Brian Shellito for "The Old School House" and "Inside Lock 29," and Mary White for "Diane's Cabin."

The plein air painters of the 2014 event worked in selected sites in the Peninsula and Cuyahoga Valley National Park areas. Weather was beautiful the first two days but rainy the third, Bures said. They had rain sites inside of barns or in protected areas though.

"In plein air, the artist paints in the open air so they prepare for the weather," Bures said. "The event was successful, and the quality of artwork phenomenal."

The event has grown every year and is good for the community, park and artists, Bures said.

"Composition, confidence and color were the standards I used to jury the work," said judge Barbara Gillette. "Much of the work was done, from my point of view, on a professional level. And many of the paintings were from competent to new artists in the genre of landscape painting."

Gillette encouraged those who did not place to continue painting.

"I want to strongly encourage those that are not in the exhibit to keep working," Gillette said. "Competent painting and drawing take practice. See as many exhibits as possible. They are a mini course in making art. Hopefully, those of you not in the exhibit this year will keep painting and enter again next year."

The Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the national park and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park sponsored the Sixth Annual Plein Air Competition.

Artist created an original two-dimensional art in any medium other than photography during the event in the true plein air style, working on site on a stamped blank canvas. The artists could submit two pieces for the juried competition.

Sold artwork will split the amount with 60 percent to the artist and 40 percent to the Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce.

Winning artwork is featured on www.explorepeninsula.com link to plein air page.

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IF YOU GO

The Log Cabin Gallery, 1671 Main St. in Peninsula, will feature artwork by 23 local artists in a variety of mediums--glass, fiber, wood, clay, paper, metal--housed in a restored 1850s log cabin from June 26 through July 27 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

View Monday through Wednesday by appointment: 330-657-2670 or www.thelogcabingallery.com

Saturday, June 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. Ginger Wankewycz, aka Gingerfolds, will demonstrate the art of origami.

Sunday, July 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. Tom Baldwin will transform a block of wood into a bird for a Wildfowl Carving Demo.

Saturday, July 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. Meet the artists at a reception celebrating the creative arts at the Summer Pure & Simple Reception. Jan Hammond performs on a mountain dulcimer.

Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. help paint the Peninsula python; Learn to juggle with MisterO from noon to 12:30 p.m. and 12:45 to 1:15 p.m.; and Python Parade up Route 303 at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. L. Michael Peterson will create critters from clay during a Clay Demo.

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