Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Illustrator's Club 13th Juried Exhibit

I'm finally getting a chance to post my experience from the opening of the DC Illustrator's Club 13th Juried Exhibit. The show opened on Thursday night. The Edison Place Gallery on 702 8th St. NW, Washington DC holds the exhibit. A large group of people came out for the event, viewing 119 illustrations while enjoying wine, cheese, wonderful food and cake to celebrate the organization's 20th year. The work shown is fantastic. I'll list as many of my favorites as I can. The most outstanding in my mind were 4 large oil paintings winning awards, created by Alexander Bostic. Each of his paintings showed a strong sense of emotion, rich oil painting technique, and the highest level of skill in it's creation. Bostic won the Best of Show and a silver award for two of his 4 pieces. If you take the time to view his work online you'll see why. I wish I could have met him in person. I couldn't find out who he was in the mix of people there. I was able to meet many of the artists with work there, and enjoyed seeing the work and introducing my children and husband to several of the illustrators I had met as well. The kids appreciated meeting the people who had created the images.
Another artist whose work won a gold award and drew much appreciation, was Frank Riccio, who hales from Charlottesville, VA, where we used to live. Unfortunately it doesn't seem he has a website to view his work from. My kid's voted his piece to be "Best of Show"
Another wonderful illustrator is Bob Wood. Not only is his work outstanding, but he is a very gracious man. He met my children and spoke with them patiently and with careful attention. This same character shows in his art work. Clinton Helms also had a wonderful oil painting a la "Norman Rockwell portrait at the easel" but it seems he doesn't have a website where his work can be seen. Another of my favorite artists was Greg Harlin, whose realistic watercolor illustrations from a book about Valley Forge were gorgeous. His work is on the same website as Bob Wood's work. I haven't been able to pin down specific art for both men there yet, due to the format of the website. Hopefully you'll be able to figure it out better than I have so far.


Diandra Mae said...

Sounds like you had a blast! It's good to see you're being so active with your work. Keep it up. :)

Amy C. Moreno said...

Thanks so much! How are you? I'm sure you're keeping busy as well. I'll have to pop over to your blog and check out what you've been up to.

Courtney Pippin-Mathur said...

Hey Amy,

Do you have any images of your work that got in? I'd love to see it. :)

Amy C. Moreno said...

The two images are on my website on the children's is the rooster, Galleo..with his hat on..the other is the image with the girl riding a bike up a hill. It's called Aunt Meg's Adventure. I think you've seen them both before.