Bancroft Art Gallery Celebrates 39th Annual Invitational Exhibition | Bancroft this week

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December 10, 2021

By Chris Drost

The Bancroft Art Gallery celebrated the opening of the 39th annual Invitational Show on the evening of December 3. Although the crowd was a bit smaller than in non-COVID-19 times, those in attendance were thrilled with the quality of the show.
AGB President Hugh Monteith opened the evening by thanking the committee of Ken Fraser, Leilah Ward and Freddie Towe for the excellent editing of the show.
“It’s an exciting exhibition. Every year the quality of art gets better and better. It was hard work for the jurors. They did a great job, ”said Monteith. Although there has not been a student category this year, due to limitations related to COVID-19, the AGB hopes to offer this category next year, Monteith explained.
Boyer Chevrolet Buick GMC Bancroft is the sponsor of the show and Monteith expressed words of gratitude for its long history of sponsorship.
Before moving on to the awards show, Monteith announced that there was an audience award this year. An urn is located in the gallery and members of the public are invited to vote for their favorite work. The piece with the most votes at the end of the exhibition period will be declared “The Peoples Choice Award”.
The two jurors for the show were Lisa Martini Dunk and Rob Niesen, both artists from Peterborough. Martini-Dunk is a scraper, engraver, cabinetmaker and illustrator who also produces engravings. Niesen is a painter, printmaker and illustrator. “The show looks great. He has a great diversity of style and medium. I think it’s all there, ”Martini-Dunk said. Niesen agreed that “there is a lot of diversity and a lot of good works”.
Jurors explained how they set their jury standards for the show. First, they examine the technical competence and proficiency, and the execution of the chosen medium (s). Second, they examine whether the composition is balanced and what choices are made to express the idea, point of view, or story, and third, the originality of the point of view, the angle, the new way of looking at something. , the new use of materials and whether or not the part surprises you.
“To be on the wall, a piece has to score well in at least two of these categories. Winners and honorable mentions had to perform well in all three and excel in at least one, relative to the category, ”said Niesen. He also noted that they try to choose the best in cases where they see duplicates in the work. They were also limited by space and the importance of giving each room space to be shown without interference from neighboring rooms.
After the selection process is explained, the jurors announce the winners of the 39th annual Invitational Show.
The Best in Show went to Marilyn Simpson for her play entitled “Autumn Fields”. It has been described as “subtle and delicate, at the same time powerful (despite its size), due to an effective choice of colors, applied in loose lines, exactly where it is necessary to influence and reinforce each other. Wonderfully balanced in composition. It is almost impossible to create something unique in landscape painting, but this piece brings a unique vibe and feeling.
Honorable mention in the Still Life category was awarded to Wendy Snefjella for her play “Pink Heritage Lilies”. “Unrestricted use of color, ranging from strong and full to subtle pigments, interesting composition, well-rendered objects and efficient use of the medium. All of this makes it a unique piece of joy.
The winner in the Still Life category was Philo Smith for “Quiet Corner, Grant Road”. “A simple object made interesting and beautiful. It really makes him come alive! A very strong painting: loose strokes applied effectively, perfect composition, amazing use of color, great depth. A masterpiece.”
An honorable mention was awarded to Leilah Ward in the Figurative category for her piece “Going Home”. “The subtly changing area around the figure creates a thoughtful vibe and suggests there’s more to the scene. The centered composition seems the right choice for the “story”, as does the choice of medium and its application. The room attracts you and invites contemplation.
The winner of the Figurative category was Tracy Lee Green for “Big Red Bead”. Beautifully rendered, extensive use of the medium creates the narrative of a playful action, and the choice of multiple panels supports the story. A new approach to the subject based on keen observation.
An honorable mention in the Abstract category was awarded to Ingrid Monteith for “Ingrid’s Folly”. “A strong combination of 3D shapes, 2D shapes and the variety of patterns and colors, perfectly painted, makes this an original and cheerful piece – both simple and intricate, the organic lines combine with the wood stump. This sculpture keeps you captivated.
The winner of the Abstract category was Eric Glenn Weiner for his piece “Plastic Chair with Puddle and Leaves”. It has been described as “photography at its best: making the viewer stop and take the time to process what they can see and what they actually see. A unique point of view, an attention to detail, a masterful reframing and a play of contrasting colors disturb the eye allowing a new visual experience.
Honorable mention in the Landscape category was awarded to Krys Bradley for “Red Roof Bancroft”. The jurors expressed that it is “beautifully rendered, a perfectly balanced composition and harmonies of colors. The red roof catches the eye from this unique perspective. A simple and mundane scene from a singular point of view captures the perfect mood.
And finally, the winner in the Landscape category was Kelly MacLeod for her play “Store Alone”. It has been described as “a magical scene from an ordinary, impeccably designed place. The two-tone atmosphere, associated with the solitary red element (the letterbox), and the rendering of lights and their atmospheric reflections, create a deep feeling of emptiness and nostalgia. The use of color to create the light on the back is reminiscent of the Northern Lights. The contrast between straight, rigid lines and flowing organic lines makes this piece intriguing. A magnificent narrative painting.
After the presentation, Monteith reminded attendees that memberships are one of the most important sources of funding for AGB as they do not receive any support from local or provincial sources.
The next intake for Out if the Box Gifts is the week of December 13, Tuesday through Saturday. Accepted items will be on display the following week in time for last minute Christmas shopping.

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