2023 Aquarius VIRTUAL GALLERY
January 30 to March 5, 2023
Monday - Thursday 10-8; Friday & Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5
March 6, 3-6 pm and March 7, 2-4 pm, 2022
B. Smith Gallery, 3rd Floor Medina County District Library
210 S Broadway St, Medina, OH 44256
The 19th Annual members-only exhibition will be held at the Medina County District Library (MCDL) in Medina during the month of February. MCAL members are invited annually to exhibit two works in the show.
Best of Show $175, 1st Place $150, 2nd Place $100, 3rd Place $75, 4 Honorable Mentions $25 each, and Peoples’ Choice $50
All sales are handled directly by the artist. There is no commission. All artwork is to remain for the duration of the show. If you are interested in a piece, email addresses are included where possible.
Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 1-3pm
We would like to thank this year’s juror for judging this exhibit:
Mary Urbas has been the Gallery Director/Exhibition Curator/Installation Designer for The Gallery at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland since 2005.
Mary has over 43 years of experience in the professional art world as a gallery owner, curator, teacher, consultant, and an award winning exhibiting Fiber Artist. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a major in Textile Design and Silk Screen Printing, with minors in Weaving and Printmaking. She was the Gallery Manager and Shipping/Receiving Manager at Sylvia Ullman's American Crafts Gallery in Cleveland, for 17+ years. She opened her own gallery in 1997, called The Gallery in Chagrin Falls that featured contemporary Fine Art and Fine Crafts. She became the Gallery Curator and Assistant Director at the Valley Art Center (in Chagrin Falls 2001- 2005), teaching classes to adults and summer art camps for children.
Mary teaches a class at The Cleveland Institute of Art, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Lakeland Community College, Notre Dame College, Ursuline College and The Valley Art Center: Professional Practices/The Business of Art for Artists: Presenting and Promoting Your Art”; that is designed as a first-step towards helping the developing, as well as established artist make a successful transition from creating art to presenting and promoting it...
Mary also enjoys teaching young artists Textile Design and World Art through after-school and summer art camp programs at various art centers.
It is always a privilege and a challenge to award prizes to work submitted to an art exhibition.
I would like to express my thanks to all those who entered work. I know from long experience what it is like to submit my own artworks into similar shows, and how nerve-wracking the process can be. I also understand and appreciate the investment of time and passionate interest that is bound up in any art object or project.
I really enjoyed spending time with the artworks.
When I jury a show, I look for four things:
Unique idea: Something that is your very own, maybe a different twist on an old theme.
Creative design: A composition that balances all of the elements of design... line, value, color, and shape.... using repetition, texture, pattern to evoke a mood.
Execution: Knowledge of the broad range of the medium and expertise in application, which only comes with practice, practice, practice....
Presentation: Using the appropriate materials to enhance the work.
Judging the show for prizes presented me with an opportunity to view new and compelling art from member artists of the Medina County Art League; artists that I was not familiar with. I took pleasure in making these new discoveries.
- Mary Urbas
Best of Show
by Donna Bargar
by Karen Marten
by Judy Hohl
Oil on Canvas
"After the Fog Cleared"
by Betty Siska
"Pick of the Day"
by Cindy Craft
"She Dreams of Flying"
by Carol Klingel
Acrylic on Canvas
by Teenia Geig
by Craig Staufer
Oil on Linen Panel
"Summer of Life"
by Janet Baran