Sunday, April 28, 2013

Guild Hall Members Show

 The Guild Hall 75th Anniversary Artists Members Exhibition opened this weekend at Guild Hall in East Hampton. I love this show. Why? Well, the first reason is because I am in it! Every spring, Guild Hall does a wonderful thing. The Museum invites anyone who is a member of the museum to submit a piece of their art. Artists of all backgrounds and levels of experience can submit work. Michelle Klein, Assistant Curator/Registrar, does an amazing job organizing over 450 local artists into a cohesive and interesting array of talent. The second reason that I love this show is its unreviewed diversity. Where else can you see a broad representation of East End artists through a single filter: Museum membership. I love that. Who knows if the next Jackson Pollock or William Merritt Chase is shown here hiding in plain sight.
The third reason that I love this show is because it is a fantastic fund raiser for the museum. The museum keeps 50% of the price of each work of art. Where else can you buy art and take (at least for now) a tax deduction?  This year the awards juror is Elizabeth Sussman. Sussman is the Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Awards were given in the following categories: Top Honors, Best Diamond Theme, Best Abstract, Best Representational, Best Photograph, Best Work on Paper, Best Mixed Media, Theo Hios Landscape Award, Best New Member and Honorable Mentions. The Top Honors winner receives a solo exhibition at Guild Hall to be scheduled for a future date.

This year's Top Honors Winner is Stephanie Brody-Lederman.
Reading Plato by Stephanie Brody-Lederman
oil, acrylic, graphite, wax on canvas
20" x 16"
On the lower right
Far East Study by Hugh Gallagher
oil on canvas, 21" x 25"
On the lower right
Roses in a Russian Cup by Gail Gallagher
oil on canvas 14.5" x 16.5"
There really is something for everyone's taste.
Honorable Mention
Last Meal of Charles William Bass by Jackie Black
Photograph: Archival ink on paper 24" x 24"

As of this publication most of the award winning art was still available for sale.
May I say it? 
"Run don't walk people"
The Exhibition runs until June 1st

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