Music and conversation filled the Victor R. Small House Thursday night as locals joined artists from Sampson and the surrounding counties for a reception to kick off the Sampson Arts Council’s fifth annual Juried Art Show.
As they enjoyed wine, hors d’oeuvres, and piano music, attendees mingled in the downstairs art gallery of the Small House, browsing the 37 pieces of two-dimensional art selected to be in the show .
Many of the featured pieces were created by Sampson artists including Peter Butler, Amelia Surratt, Paula Fitzpatrick, Til Herring, Jean McLeod, Joan Carr, Gloria Edwards and Michael Ray, to name a few.
However, the show also drew attention beyond Sampson County. According to Kara Donatelli, executive director of the Sampson Arts Council, artists from Cumberland, Johnston, New Hanover, Wayne, and Wake counties submitted artwork to the show as well, bringing the total number of artists who participated to 25.
Many of those artists were present at the reception where they discussed their own creations and admired their competitors’.
Ray Jordan, president of the Sampson Arts Council’s Board of Directors, welcomed attendees to the reception, praising the artists for their work and the community for its support. Donatelli echoed her thanks and called the show’s artists “super-talented.”
Donatelli was then joined by artist Judy Crane with Artspace in Raleigh, who served as judge of the juried art show, to announce the show’s winners.
Local artist Paula Fitzpatrick earned the Best in Show honor and a check for $500 with her painting “Arabian Glory,” an oil on canvas painting of a horse.
As she shared what led her to name “Arabian Glory” as the best in show, Crane called Fitzpatrick an “exquisite painter.”
“The technique is beautiful,” noted Crane, pointing out that the artist’s skill is evident. “I love the subtleties…It’s strong because there’s strong shapes, strong design.”
First place and a check for $250 was awarded to Frank Dziepak of Clayton for his old-fashioned photograph “Water Girl.” Second place and a check for $150 went to Beth Hill of Mount Olive for her creation “King of the Coop,” a huge acrylic on canvas painting of a colorful rooster. Third place and a $50 check was given to local artist Butler for his painting “Three in the Water,” an oil on canvas depiction of three cows and their reflections in a pond. Honorable mention went to Sandra McFarlane of Fayetteville for her watercolor painting of a cow she called “McTavish #1203.”
“As a whole, the show is really strong. It was harder to judge than I thought it was going to be,” said Crane. “I was very pleased with the show.”
All of the artwork in the show will continue to be displayed at the Small House through Nov. 1. Many of the pieces are available for purchase.
The Victor R. Small House is located at 709 College St. in Clinton, and the art gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment.
For more information about this year’s Juried Art Show, please contact Kara Donatelli at 910-596-2533 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please visit the Sampson Arts Council website at www.sampsonarts.net.
Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at email@example.com.