18th Annual Aquarius Exhibition
2022 Aquarius VIRTUAL GALLERY
January 31 to March 6, 2022
Monday - Thursday 10-8; Friday & Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5
March 7, 3-6 pm and March 8, 1-4 pm, 2022
B. Smith Gallery, 3rd Floor Medina County District Library210 S Broadway St, Medina, OH 44256
The 18th 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.
Please note that due to the pandemic, it was necessary to cancel the reception. MCAL attempts to follow all government guidance and this show will be adapted to reflect any directives or changes in status between now and the show. Please continue to check back on this page for potential changes in status.
We would like to thank this year’s juror for judging this exhibit:
Graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio with a major in Studio Art, Mel also completed a Master’s Degree in Architecture at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
He has taught painting classes and workshops for adults in community and educational settings for over 35 years. His experience includes a wide variety of media: watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel and collage. Multiple painting awards have been won both locally and nationally. Mel is a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society.
No matter what the medium he employs, his tendency is to start in soft washy tones of color. Many of his paintings utilize thin collage material which he generally tries to disguise so that hidden images appear to the viewer over time. As a retired architect, buildings and industrial structures quite often appear in his paintings. A patron once noted, regarding an abstract, a love of drawing is evident in his paintings. That is the kind of statement that keeps him going.
I was pleased to be asked to jury this year's Medina County Art League show as it presented an opportunity to see some excellent art. The large variety of media made the judging process challenging and enjoyable.
An early walk through the entire show offered a general sense of the entire 101 pieces comprising the show. I viewed every item many times at close range and from a distance.
With only 8 pieces receiving awards, many fine works were necessarily excluded. My usual method for determining awards includes numerous criteria: composition, the juxtaposition of various elements, technique, and the ability to handle the medium. I ask "Does a work make me come back to it more often than other pieces." "Does the work grab my attention and make me think?" With this process in place, the screening begins. Since I have been eliminated many times from competitions scrutinized by judges, I remind all entrants that judging is always subjective, influenced by the judges' tastes, education, and at times, personal bias. However the outcome, keep painting.
Best of Show
"Among the Shadows" by Laurie Musser
Digital Pencil Drawing
"The Barn in the Park" by Rick Williams
"Blue Tumbler" by Peggy Stover
"Babinga Goblet" by Robert Kelley
"The Promise of Spring"
by Carol Kessel
Colored Pencil/Gel Pen
by Betty Siska
by Linda Kenski
Alcohol Ink on Yupo
"Lion of the Tribe of Judah"
by Barb Zimmerman