Which do you like best? The portrait of the woman with braids or the redhead thinking? The colorful depiction of a stack of plates or the woman holding a keyboard? Do you prefer the painting of soothing blue flowers or the haunting gas station scene with a kiddie car?
Hard choices, indeed, to select a personal favorite out of the 60-plus pieces on display at the Prairie Village Arts Council's State of the Arts 2022 exhibit.
The arts enthusiasts have spoken though, and the “People’s Choice Award” was awarded to Non Trattati (Blessed be the Fruit) by Katie Wampler for garnering the most votes during the opening week of the show.
Ms. Trevethan awarded two Merit Awards in the show: Carol Kiefer Johnson's For the Birds and John Keeling's The Gaze.
"Carol Johnson’s bold use of color, exuberant pattern and expressive style lends a unique twist to both her original painting and her recreations of iconic images. A self-taught artist, Carol's style has been honed over the years. She infuses her figurative art with a passion for the subject, as well as lightheartedness and humor." ~artist statement
John Keeling likes to "capture the essence of [his] subject. [He] seeks out both lost and found edges, intentionally balancing controlled definition to help you see with blurred edges to let you enter. In this way, [he] invites the viewer to join [him]." ~artist statement
The State of the Arts 2022 Honorable Mentions are (in no particular order):
From juror, Shannon Trevethan:
"It was a pleasure and an honor to judge this years Prairie Village State of the Arts. I was delighted to be presented with so many thought provoking, well-executed pieces. As director of an art center and an artist myself, I’ve spent many years analyzing my own work and examining the work of others. This was, however, my first time in the position of judge.
"I approached the selection process with the mindset that the State of the Arts is a reflective statement on the state of the world. I felt this in almost every piece submitted, whether it related to culture, humanity, or the spaces we inhabit. The work selected for this show gave me insight into the artists’ perception and experiences. Some of the work was deeply moving, other pieces were chosen for their beauty, ingenuity, or for their proficient demonstration of artistic process."
All of the artists included in the show produced their works in the last two years. Many of the artists were in attendance at the Artists Reception held at 6:00pm on Friday, September 9 in the R.G. Endres Gallery at the Prairie Village City Hall, (7700 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS).
Running from now until October 28th, State of the Arts is one of the two juried arts exhibitions currently mounted by the Prairie Village Arts Council. Abstract works, portraits, landscapes, and still life works are on display, along with mosaics, woodcuts and fabric works. The subjects range from lakes to limes, flowers to Fiesta ware. Be sure to go check it out in person!
And remember: All pieces of artwork are for sale! See Barb Fisher at the City Clerk's office about purchase.