Annual Juried Art Show Returns To VMRC

Posted: May 15, 2014

Daily News-Record

“Blue Barn” by Caggiano will be part of the 11th annual Juried Art Show at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. (Courtesy Photo)
Local artist Brenda Hounshell’s “Mint Condition” will also be part of the VMRC Juried Art Show to be held May 25-June 30. (Courtesy Photo)

Anne Pauley, the director of the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community’s annual multimedia juried art show, is no artist.

She’s a mathematician, she says, but her skills are perfect for organizing roughly 100 pieces of artwork from across the nation each year.

“For me, it’s a whole new world, but I have enjoyed every moment,” said Pauley, a VMRC resident who’s putting together the show for the eighth time this year.

This time around, for the show slated to run May 25-June 30, jurors have selected 103 pieces of art from a pool of 538 submitted works. Artists from 28 states submitted art; nearly 20 area artists’ works are included in the exhibit.

This year, the 11th annual juried art show, could be a record-breaker if the most expensive piece — going for $9,800 — sells.

The prices range from $55 to that nearly $10,000 mark this year; typically, a quarter of the artwork at the show sells, though 35 percent sold last year, she added.

But selling art isn’t the only way contributors can profit from the show; VMRC gives out more than $5,000 in cash awards with help from area business and individual sponsors.

“The serious collectors say this is quality art, and that they see here such diversity because of the multimedia,” Pauley said.

Artwork at the exhibit ranges from watercolor to sculpture, photography to oil paintings.

Brenda Hounshell, a watercolor artist living in Harrisonburg who will have a piece in the show for the third time this year, says she loves the range of media represented in the exhibit.

“They pick a beautiful variety of work,” she noted, adding: “It’s nice to meet other artists from across the country.”

Gayle Driver, who owns a namesake photography business out of Broadway, submitted a piece to the show for the first time this year, and it was accepted.

Her parents live at VMRC, and she’s checked out the show since they’ve been there.

“I’m just really looking forward to seeing all the new pieces of art,” she said. “I love the creativity of the show.”

The panel of jurors who chose the pieces includes William Bennett, associate professor at the University of Virginia and sculptor, Ron Boehmer, landscape artist and co-founder of Beverly Street School Studio, Jan Knipe, professor emerita from Hollins University and landscape artist, and Dr. Sylvia Yount, chief curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

For more information, call VMRC at 564-3400.

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