“Figuratively Speaking” Juror’s Statement

It was truly an honor to jury this year’s “Figuratively Speaking” show for The Art League of Daytona Beach. The range of work was impressive, and the attention to the figurative genre outstanding. As a juror, I typically look at two or three major factors when contemplating my decisions. First and foremost I look at compositional arrangements across the picture plane. Does the piece have an interesting juxtaposition of positive and negative space and does the space “work?” Secondly, I focus on anatomy and the obvious relationships of figurative forms. When color is incorporated, again I look for relationships of color that help to push the space and create depth in the picture plane.

I was happy to see such a wide range of styles and methods in this show. Everything from fabrics, to collage, to mixed media elements made for a wonderful blend. There was also a nice assortment of traditional and contemporary approaches to the figure, which I found exciting. Classical oil paintings, abstract works, and graphic styles all combined for a well-balanced exhibit. Photography stood out for mood and the play of light and dark, and the sculptural pieces also showed an adept hand when it came to representing the figure in three dimensions. I was also happy to see several pieces drawn directly from life, specifically a couple of watercolor/ink wash drawings that were quite successful. Artists should not be hesitant to exhibit their life or “process” drawings, as these are often very exciting representations in their own right.

Finally let me say that this show certainly lived up to the title “A Celebration of the Diversity and Spirit of The Human Form.” It was inspiring to see work from such a wide variety of seasoned and accomplished artists. Artistic vitality, from both the Daytona Beach community and from across Florida are very important factors in keeping our State’s art scene alive and cutting edge. When that exuberance is combined with a venue like the Art League of Daytona Beach, where figurative work is appreciated and displayed, everyone is a winner. Those qualities were very apparent in the submissions for this show, and because there was so much great work to choose from, my job as a juror was not easy. I congratulate all of the winners and encourage everyone to enter again next year. Thank you. – Ed Hall

“Figuratively Speaking” Awards and Comments

ART LEAGUE OF DAYTONA BEACH – “Figuratively Speaking 2017” 


BEST IN SHOW  #10, “Rachael”, Andrina Carey

            “Compositionally, very successful; another thing I look for is whether the anatomy is correct; balance across the figure and the relationships of parts of the body are evident in this work.  The artist made outstanding color choices, the skin tones push against the background color.  Powerful light enhances the play of positive and negative shapes.” 

FIRST PLACE  #68, “Tu es Belle”, Katty Smith

            “There were a number of things I liked about this piece; the ethnic quality and the power of the figure are evident in the symbolism and the marks on the figure;  the pose gives the viewer a strong sense of anatomical structure.”  

SECOND PLACE   #42, “Liuva, Lily of the Nile”, Barbara Perrotti

            “In terms of anatomical theory, this piece is pleasing to the eye; even though some of the proportions seem to be exaggerated a bit, the artist has the ability to do that.  You can tell that the artist has studied the figure extensively, and knows how to take liberties.  Once again, a nice balance of positive and negative space with three distinct sizes: large, medium, and small.” 

THIRD PLACE  #28, “Grace”, Lisa Argentieri

            “Obviously the artist has some experience drawing straight from the figure.  Watercolor with the figure is one of the most difficult things to control, and there seems to be a nice sense of control in this work.  Good use of positive and negative space, with large, medium, and small negative spaces, and a full range of values.  The lost edges are especially effective”. 

DISTINCTION   #80, “Flagler Trio”, Weldon Ryan

            “This piece feels representative of the area, as if the artist lives here.  I love the fleshiness of the figures and the good color choices; the reflections in the water pick up the skin tones very nicely.  The composition is nicely balanced .   

  DISTINCTION  #56, “The Model”, Lyn Strong

            “I believe that there is torn paper in this piece, something I use in my own work; the collection of collage techniques, brushstroke, and a nice open line really attracted my eye.  The artist has taken liberties with the anatomy, but I can still see that the proportions are correct.” 

DISTINCTION   #51,  “Neck Down”, Carson Kapp

            “I like the balance of the composition and the subtle color choices, especially in the balance of the complements of blue and orange, and yellow and purple.  The piece is abstracted but at the same time figurative.  The open lines on the interior of the figure are not necessarily descriptive of musculature, but could be.” 

DISTINCTION  #11, “Chilling Out”, Larry Parker – Sponsored by Marta Crawford

            “When I look at figurative work, the very first thing I look at is composition, and in this photograph I saw a nice balance of positive and negative space.  Not only does it enhance the mood of the picture, but it also moves your eye around the picture plane.” 

ACHIEVEMENT  #81, “Nina”, Richlin Ryan

ACHIEVEMENT  #78, “What Lies Ahead My Love”, Lola Lawrence

ACHIEVEMENT  #75, “Family Ties”, Betty Morris Parker

ACHIEVEMENT   #12, “Can’t See The Figures for the Trees”, Ronda Richley

RECOGNITION  #67, “Redheaded Enchantress”, Peg Williams

RECOGNITION  #47, “A John”, Nancy Hagood

RECOGNITION    #31, “Julia”, Robert Shirk

IMPRESSIONISM  #24, “Sunrise”, Marianna Ross, - Sponsored by Barbara Perkinsin memory of Paul Thompson

“SMALL WORKS”  #73, “Me and My Shadow”, Jeanne C. Wolf, – Sponsored by Don Kennedy 

MERIT  # 82,  “Country Singer”, Beau Wild

MERIT   #74, “Lillian”, Kathleen Lusby

MERIT   #66, “A New Dawn”, Linda S. Hoffmeister

MERIT  #65, “We are Stardust”,  Sue Reynolds 

HONORABLE MENTION   #69, “Freud With Cigar”, Andrew Gamache

 HONORABLE MENTION  #25, “Granny, Phnan Penh”, Kay Botet

 HONORABLE MENTION #17, “Into the Light”, Carol Orr

 HONORABLE MENTION #37, “The Chorus”, Jan Reeder






“Degrees of Abstraction” Awards


BEST IN SHOW – presented in memory of Marilynne Roland  #21 – Jules Silver   “Untitled”            The judge noted that the artist showed great skill in using his process to bring together materials that ARE the image.  The variety of colored lines create a visually interesting pattern, and the background adds depth.  The presentation is quite sophisticated and well-thought out, enhancing the work. An outstanding example of true abstraction.     

FIRST PLACE  #35 – Carolyn Land   “Stream Bed”            The judge remarked that the artist used a variety of materials to reference a landscape (but not too much!).  The work is rich with well-placed details, lines, and marks that work well in a horizontal format. 

SECOND PLACE   #69 – Peggy Banks   “Silk Ocean”            The judge felt that this artist successfully created a strong and aggressive work that also plays off the duality of rough/smooth and bold/delicate.  He appreciated the emergence of the delicate fabric from the textured, ragged edges of the openings. 

THIRD PLACE  #82 – Nancy Newlove McElroy   “Canyon Sunrise”            The judge stated that the artist used interesting abstract shapes, combined in such a way that invited the viewer to explore the piece.  He also noted the skill used in application of the paints and glazes, creating rich color. 

DISTINCTION   #38 – Keri Ippolito    “Red Mesa”            The judge appreciated that the artist used a vertical format for an abstracted landscape, and also noted the effective use of collage materials, as well as gradation of color and a complexity of surface. 

DISTINCTION  #36 – Richlin Burnett-Ryan   “Strong Not Angry”            The judge felt that the freshness of this work, in subject matter, bold color, and use of pattern, made it stand out in the exhibit and deserve recognition. 

DISTINCTION   #45 – Jaye Escudero   “Garden Beginnings”            The judge enjoyed the ephemeral quality of this piece, and the subtle color effect enhanced by the artist’s choice of paper.  He also noted the very professional presentation of the work. 

DISTINCTION  #4 – Carson Kapp   “Gallant”            The judge noted the lively color, pattern, and marks in this vibrant work, as well as the well-integrated collage materials.  He felt the work evoked a sense of the artist’s personality. 

ACHIEVEMENT  #8 – Doreen Hackett   “Three Vases”

ACHIEVEMENT  #2 – Nancy Hagood    “Summer Puddle”

ACHIEVEMENT  #16 – Joanie Kaufman    “Solitary Rose”

ACHIEVEMENT   #23 – Janet Bernardini   “Abstract in Blue”

RECOGNITION  #57 – Kris Boysen   “Freedom”

RECOGNITION  #19 – Jim Hoolsema   “Shards”

RECOGNITION    #14 – Gail Bokor   “Anticipation”

RECOGNITION  #84 – Andrew Gamache   “Madona”

“SMALL WORKS”  #51 – Kathy O’Meara   “Octopus Garden”

MERIT  #68 – Carol Orr   “Untitled”

MERIT   #17 – Ev Niewoehmer   “Evolution (Piano)”

MERIT   #55 – Katty Smith   “Beyond the Yellow Brick Road”

MERIT  #30 – Lyn Strong   “Primordial”

HONORABLE MENTION   #85 – Barbara Perrotti    “Stool Still”

 HONORABLE MENTION  #48 – Bonnie Garson   “Circle”

 HONORABLE MENTION #58 – Jan Reeder   “Mary Kate”

 HONORABLE MENTION #62 – Bab Lupoli   “Coffee Break”

HONORABLE MENTION #39 – Ricki Stofsky   “Impact” 





Members Exhibit 2017 Awards


BEST IN SHOW  #109, Katty Smith – “The House That Made Me”

            The judge noted that this sculpture possesses a strong energy.  He also appreciated that there was a wonderful story to be told behind it, and that the well-chosen colors work beautifully with the piece.

FIRST PLACE  #5, Lillian Verkins  - “Love Potion Going Down”

             The judge stated that this work had energy and a great deal of color with a lot of contrast, giving the work great depth.  The balance of color flows nicely and entertains the eye.

SECOND PLACE   #59, Barbara Perrotti – “Girl in the Garden”

            The judge remarked that he felt he could walk right into this comfortable scene, and could see the painting hanging in his house.  He appreciated that the artist downplayed the image of the figure while playing up the rest of the painting.  The negative spaces are beautifully handled.

THIRD PLACE  #73, Marta Crawford – “Affliction”

            The judge noted that the high skill level and talent of this artist come together, along with a great deal of work and attention to detail, in this sensitive portrait. Sponsored by Joan Jacobsen in Memory of Elizabeth Jacobsen

DISTINCTION   #1, Keri Ippolito – “Rough Water”

            The judge was drawn to the layering of colors as they go off into the distance.  Great dimension and strong color lead the viewer to the horizon line, and the overall look is fresh and clean.

DISTINCTION  #104, Lee Nesler – “Port Clyde”

            The judge stated that the artist has devoted a great deal of time and skill in creating an image to which we can all relate.  The piece has strong contrast, a wonderful feeling, and a lot of interesting detail.

DISTINCTION   #91, Carol Thornton – “Remnant”

            The judge appreciated the artist’s strong use of color, and the gradations from dark to light, and warm to cool, in this simply stated but powerful piece.

DISTINCTION  #36, Ken Anderson – “Ormond Loop Storm”

            The judge felt that the artist used strong contrast and beautiful color to tell the story of the lights and darks of the landscape during a storm.  The painting has great impact. 

ACHIEVEMENT  #40, Ev  Niewoehner – “Saxophone(Evolution)”

ACHIEVEMENT  #22, Marianna Ross – “Empathy”

ACHIEVEMENT   #135, Richlin Burnett-Ryan – “Soaring Above the Cranes” Sponsored by Jaye Escudero in Memory of Fred Samuelson 

ACHIEVEMENT   #52, Kathy Bloem – “Rebels of 1910”

RECOGNITION  #3, Barbara Perkins – “It’s Not Happening”

RECOGNITION  #138, Weldon Ryan – “Radiant Mas” 

RECOGNITION    #63, Tom Silvey – “View From the Garden Shed”

RECOGNITION  #33, Beatrice Athanas – “Stranded”

“SMALL WORKS”  #129, Pamela Sweet – “Nothing But Blue Skies”

MERIT  #102, Kathy O’Meara – “Sampan Sunrise”

MERIT   #57, Daniel Wozniak – “Plantation Remnants #2”

MERIT   #120, Babz Lupoli – “Go With the Flow”

MERIT  #88, Lisa Argentieri – “The Kiss”

HONORABLE MENTION   #19, Maureen McLeod – “The Loft”

 HONORABLE MENTION  #127, Sallie Gay Quick – “Jazz ‘Is’ Blues”

 HONORABLE MENTION #81, Juan Carlos Cahue – “The Great Lapiz”

 HONORABLE MENTION #80, Sharon LaDue – “Ancient Lands”

JUDGE’S CHOICE  #140, Ellen Vath – “The Dancers”

JUDGE’S CHOICE  #97, RoAnn  Elias – “Everything is Possible”

JUDGE’S CHOICE  #61, Bobi MinaMora – “The Loop”

JUDGE’S CHOICE  #46, Marilyn Leverton – “Aphrodite”

JUDGE’S CHOICE  #72, Mindy Colton – “Tango”