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The May Show

Opening Reception: Friday, May 4 at 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit remains through May 27, 2012
Gualala Arts Center

The May Show

The May Show, a juried art exhibition, will open Friday, May 4, in the Burnett Gallery at the Gualala Arts Center with a reception at 5:00 p.m.. The distinguished juror of The May Show is Melissa E. Feldman, a writer and correspondent for Art in America.

The May Show exhibition presents outstanding visual art and artists without regard to the type of media. The opening reception will feature with music, champagne, strawberries and chocolate. The May Show exhibit will continue on display through May 27, 2012.

The Third Annual May Show will be quite an event this year. Artists submitted 106 pieces in a variety of media. Begun in 2010, The May Show complements Gualala Arts' highly successful unjuried annual summer art festival, Art in the Redwoods. The goal is to offer an intimate juried event which would attract participation by both local artists and those outside the area using any medium. The top three winners will receive $2,250 in prize money during the opening night reception for the public and the artists.

Curator Doug Patterson is assisted by committee members Tom Eckles, Sue Friedland, Russ Hardy, M.D., Barbara Kelley, Hall Kelley, and Cornelia Renynolds.

The May Show 2012: Juror Melissa Feldman This year's juror is Melissa Feldman, currently an independent curator, art critic, and writer for art publications. After attending the Institute of European Studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, she received an M.A. in Modern Art from the Institute of Fine Art at New York University. Her career has included positions at the Bess Cutler Gallery, the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She also spent five years living in Glasgow and London working on exhibitions of international contemporary art.

In conjunction with the show, Feldman will deliver the Hardy Lecture on the Visual Arts, entitled Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space Art, on Thursday, May 3, 7:00 p.m. at the Gualala Arts Center. The lecture will identify California's brand of minimalism developed in the late 1960s and '70s as a leading influence on current generation West Coast artists.

Previous years' jurors were Lucinda Barnes, Chief Curator of the Berkeley Art Museum, and Stephanie Hanor, Assistant Dean and Director of the Mills College Art Museum.

The range of last year's winners highlights the diversity of media this event attracts. Marion Patterson's first prize entry "Antarctica Warming" was a monochromatic photograph with oil overlay. "Really Rococo" by Ann Berger , the second place selection, was a ceramic sculpture, and Jan Fogel's third place "Scrum" was an abstract painting.

The May Show 2012 Award Winners

The May Show 2012: First Place: Gorilla, oil on linen, by Heidi Endemann
by Heidi Endemann

First Place

The May Show 2012: Second Place: Untitled #2, oil on canvas, by Hal Fogel
"Untitled #2"
by Hal Fogel

Second Place

The May Show 2012: Third Place: Protect Me, archival pigment on etching paper, by Ron Bolander
"Protect Me"
by Ron Bolander

Third Place

Works accepted for
The May Show 2012




Bill Apton Shown Me A Sign II
Bill Apton Wind Borne
Ann Berger Walled City
Ann Berger Embers
Ron Bolander Protect Me
Janice Carrell Gualala Beach
Martin Covington Black Tree
Martin Covington Monet 2
Tom Eckles Subtle Sunset #3
Heidi Endemann Gorilla
Heidi Endemann Grisaille #2: Lost in Translation
Heidi Endemann Grisaille #3: It's Dutch
Hal Fogel Untitled #2
Jeanne Gadol Standing Proud
Craig Gilliland Transition
Sharon Greensfield Arches
Sharon Greensfield Golden Rods
Doric Jemison-Ball Dysfunctional Teapot II
Doric Jemison-Ball Dead Duck IV
Doric Jemison-Ball Pig
Barbara Kelley Happy Land
Barbara Kelley Light Field
Alan Lant River Lovers
Arna Means Pandora's Vessel
Arna Means Two Nudes (Titillation)
Molley O'Leary-Klier Old Soul
Molley O'Leary-Klier Blackbird, Blackbird
Denise Otterson Pacific Splendor
Josh Schechtel Winter Afternoon
Terry Solomon Tracy's View of Yellowstone
Craig Tooley Ancient Oak Surveys Snow
Marie Van Elder Sea 1
Marie Van Elder Sea 3
Jim White Moon Setting and Shadow
Jim White Yosemite Falls and North Star

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
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