“My standards for jurying are the same standards I set for my own work,” says Ms. Zogotta. “I look for personal, unique, and imaginative paintings that contain a personal visual language and solid design. I also look for fully resolved works that communicate something meaningful. I also look for beauty, not beauty for a ‘pretty’s sake’ but the kind of beauty that results when an artist is passionately engaged with all of the above.”
The 39th Annual Alaska Watercolor Juried Watercolor Exhibition opened last week at the Anchorage Museum with a First Friday reception. On hand to receive recognition were 2 Seward artists, Dot Bardarson and Kwansook Schaefermeyer. The competitive show is open to entries from all over the united States. 24 watercolors were accepted into the show by professional out-of-state juror, Donna Zagotta.
The juror particularly liked the color combinations in Dot’s painting, “Paddle to the Glacier”, and awarded it First Place, for the $950 prize. The painting was the result of kayaking in the Pederson Glacier lagoon while she was artist in residence at the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. As her kayak approached the glacier, 2 twelve- man canoes emerged from behind an ice berg, to glide just in front of Pederson Glacier. It was a total surprise and photo op she had not anticipated and she was able to use the several photos she took of the incident to compose her award winning painting.
Kwansook’s painting “The Girl”, was one of 2 that were accepted in the exhibition, both portraits. Kwansook is a highly skilled in capturing likenesses.
The exhibition will continue at the Anchorage Museum until February 16, 2014.