Monday, March 09, 2009

"Art of the Flower" Juried Competition at the Philadelphia Sketch Club - now thru March 22nd

Yesterday, I went to the reception for the Philadelphia Sketch Club's "Art of the Flower" Exhibit. There's nothing like a roomful of flower images to get you thinking about Spring and working in the garden! Juried by James P. Repenning, the exhibit is a mix of many two-dimensional media (pastels, oils, watercolors, photographs, mixed, and others) as well as a few three-dimensional pieces.

My friend Bev Benson received the 2nd place award for her pastel painting, "Roses With Reflection." Clicking on the title will take you to her website page showing that very piece. In my opinion, it is a beautiful explosion of floral color and light!

Sandra Benhaim's "Lightdance #2" is a delightfully colorful and bright landscape abstraction which was created by combining oil paint, oil stick, and oil pastel.

The first place winning entry was called, "Emerging Amaryllis", a monotype by Rona Richter. A beautifully framed, large piece that commanded one's attention, it was a gorgeous depiction of a red amaryllis in a vase. Filled with lots of very interesting marks in mainly red, brown and green, it captured one's attention and kept one's eyes traveling through its space. Very inpressive and deserving of the award!

If you go,...
Gallery hours: Open every day except Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 5 pm.
235 So Camac St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
There were a couple typos in the printed program. Beverly Benson (#2) is listed as Beverly Jensen, and Sandra Benhaim (#32) is listed as Sandra Denham. Lucky for me, they got my name spelled right! My "First Iris" is #41.
(Image shown above. Copyright 2009, Jeanne Guerin-Daley)
Just giving you an advance notice for an upcoming event. Some of the ARTsisters and I will be donating a piece of artwork to the Support Center for Child Advocates Silent Auction. That event will take place on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2009. For more info visit their website: and click on "Events."

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