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Winners Announced in Gig Harbor Open Juried Show

Winners announced in Gig Harbor Open Juried Show

The exhibit is currently on display at the History Museum.

People’s Choice winner will be selected by popular vote Oct. 16.

(GIG HARBOR) Issaquah ceramic artist Anita Feng was awarded the Best of Show prize in Peninsula Art League’s 13th annual Open Juried Show. Feng’s piece – "As I Am" ­– was crafted from raku-fired clay, staples and casein paint.

A pastel painting of a deserted farm by Vashon Island Janice Wall titled “The Forgotten” took first place in the painting category. A mixed media piece by Jayne Quig took second place in painting.

The show is on display at Harbor History Museum through Oct. 16.

More than 300 entries were received from artists across the U. S. and Canada according to organizers of the exhibit. The jurors selected 120 artworks, including several 3D pieces.

This year, for the first time in years, 3-D pieces were eligible said organizer Charles Salak. Response from 3D artists was good and the fact that two of the pieces won awards – including the show’s top award – means that future shows will also include 3D artworks, he said.

Dawn Emerson, a pastel painter from central Oregon, served as juror for the paintings, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media pieces.

In presenting her awards Emerson explained that she looks for “something different –not the normal view of something” when viewing a piece.

Olympia photographer Larry Ikenberry who judged the show’s photography entries selected a black and white photo of Kalaloch Creek by Robert Berg for the first place ribbon in that category.

“I take note of my immediate response to a photograph, and then I look at composition and other basic design elements,” Ikenberry said. In the Kalaloch photo “the blacks include grays and the whites don’t disappear into the white of the paper.”

In all, 15 awards were given, with more than $3000 in prize money.

“I think the judges were impressed with the depth of the show and the fact that we included photography, jewelry and sculpture too,” organizer Kim Shuckhart Gunn said.

Tacoma-based writer and storyteller Judy Cullen has added a unique, non-visual element to the show, organizer Sandy Newhouse added. Cullum has written a dozen prose poems inspired by the artworks and will read her poems during the monthly art walk on Oct. 3, Newhouse said.

On that day, admission to the museum – and the art exhibit – will be free.

Visitors to the show are encouraged to vote for their favorite artwork to receive the People’s Choice Award which will be presented at 1 p.m. on Oct. 16.

All artwork in the show is for sale. A portion of the sale price supports museum programs.

To see all the winning artworks, visit peninsulaartleague.com/eventShow. For additional information contact Sandy Newhouse at sincolor@comcast.net

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Cutline for accompanying photo: This ceramic sculpture by Issaquah artist Anita Feng, titled “As I Am,” won the Best of Show award in Peninsula Art League’s annual open juried show, on display at the Harbor History Museum through Oct. 16.

WHAT Peninsula Art League’s annual Open Juried Art Show
WHERE Gig Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive
WHEN Thru Oct. 16
COST Free with museum admission; free museum admission Saturday, Oct. 3
INFO sincolor@comcast.net