On Wednesday, June 1st, the Working Artists Forum (WAF) opened their Tenth Annual Memorial Show at Heron Point in Chestertown, Maryland. WAF is a non-profit organization of 90 working artists who meet monthly at the Academy Art Museum in Easton for lectures, critiques and demonstrations and exhibit their work in a variety of venues throughout the year. Artist and curator Teddy Johnson judged the show this year and was on hand for the awards presentation to meet the artists and provide informative critiques for the winning works. Teddy Johnson has a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia, His work is exhibited in galleries in the Mid Atlantic area, Atlanta, NYC. and internationally in Italy and in Korea. He has curated shows in Baltimore, MD and Brooklyn, NY with the Rotating History Project, which he co-founded in 2010. He is based in Baltimore, MD.
Mr. Johnson described the works in this exhibit as “presenting a vibrant and thoughtful community of artists, each with their own style and handling of drawing and painting materials. Though largely united through their exploration of the visible world, each artist displayed their own unique voice in surface quality, texture, and approach.” Best in Show was awarded to Patty Mowell for her watercolor painting, “Blossoms of Spring,” a work that caught his attention immediately for its “freshness and fluidity, walking a line between representation and abstraction. It shows a felt understanding of both the subject and shape, and there is a freeness of expression coupled with a wonderful contrast between the marks of the glass and bouquet.” Three Awards of Excellence were given to Martha Holthausen for her oil, “Regal Sheltie”, Nancy Thomas for her watercolor, “Blue Danube with Fruit”, and Evie Baskin for her plein air pastel, “Morning at Poplar Grove.” Four Honorable Mentions were also awarded to Karen Wood for her oil painting, “Marsh”, Jack Fancher for his acrylic, “Breaking Wave II,” Barbara Zuehlke for her watercolor, “Red Edges,” and Patti Lucas Hopkins for her oil, “Sally’s Garden.”
This delightful show will hang daily throughout the month of June at Heron Point and is open to the public for viewing. Please sign in at the desk when you arrive. Heron Point is located at 501 East Campus Avenue in Chestertown. For more information about The Working Artists Forum, please see www.workingartistsforum.com.