What it takes to showcase your art, there are choices out there. You could showcase your work at the Palm Beach Cultural Council for $500. Or use an alternative space i.e. restaurant, government venues. The choice of most artist, a reputable art organization. Such as the Lake Worth Art League open to an exhilarating world of art: colorful gallery exhibitions; painting demonstrations by recognized artists and offers classes. It also brings you in touch with other artist-members with similar interests and provides you with access to their extensive art library.
This past Wednesday Renee Plevy was the judge of the Lake Worth Art League, a self-proclaimed colorist and knew no one in the membership (that is a positive). She went about looking at all the hanging work. Then the clipboard came out. Certain works of art will stand out, always pouf amour instante. So it went.
So who got first place? I’ve always said “big does not make it better” as I am working on a 4×5 ft. pc. The judge chose a small wonderful work of art by Lee Michaels it has color and rich values. Lee attended Cooper Union and the Art Students League. She, Lee recalls having Frank Lloyd Wright lecture her class. So much for her age. She is a senior member of the LWAL and in the just released coloring book, she has the honor of being up front.
Second place went to a photographer, a new member, who actually teaches photography. 3rd place to another new member, an outsider artist (one who has had no formal training also called brut art) and so goes the process. No names on the images to be judged, no chatting with the judge. Trust, that she knows her art and has the needed CV. I totally concurred with her choices. Where does that leave the rest of the 122 members, all talented all experienced. They can’t all win. They must step up their game and learn, learn from each other. Lay members to patron members with an interest in the world of art are all part of the process and welcomed.
Another gifted artist who holds the record for 1st place wins. Lee Krull received honorable mention. She also opened her exhibition Valentines Day on the island ( South Palm Beach TownHall ) where some of her award-winning pics. are among those 20 showcased.
This is what Ms Plevy had to say about the work hanging. “Full spectrum of all media, with moods running from joyous playful to thought-provoking. Some must see pieces”
Editor Note:” Having run a gallery for 17 years, a not profit . I have hung over 220 shows and juried quite a few including the Armory in W.P.Beach. Been an art advocate all that time and do not believe in charging the artist in public venues that are supported by the state and by municipalities and are supported by their generous philanthropists. Not talking about take-in fees for hanging, or cost of the judges fees this also covers the prize money to 1st 2nd and third place.
PS Ms.Plevy has work on Palm Beach recognizing the Women of Distinction and her prices for a portrait is approx $2,000 She will start “oil portrait classes” at the Art League March 5, 2016