Yesterday was the reception and awards ceremony for the 1st Annual JAM Gallery Juried Exhibition and it was amazing! There were a ton of people who stopped in and a bunch of the exhibiting artists as well. It was great to talk with the different artists about their process and inspiration for their pieces.
And what pieces they were! There really is something for everyone at this show. There are paintings, sculptures, abstract, realistic, new media, and old represented here. I found so many pieces that features wild textures. Michael Weaver, whose piece La Musa also won an Award of Excellence, hand embroiders drawings and paintings, this one in a Day of the Dead themed series. The thread overlaying the charcoal and graphite drawing created an interesting contrast and changed it from being a straightforward portrait to an icon like object of adoration.
Another artist, Joe Vescovich, works in encaustics, but his work is super textured. He builds a wooden board backing that gets built up in plaster, then covered with encaustic and shellacs to create wild textures and color patterns. It was interesting talking with him about striving to bring movement into his work.
Another award winner, Lisa Lynn, whose Barbara (Pothead) won 1st Place in Sculpture, talked about her journey from creating functional work to focusing on sculptural pieces that may or may not have a functional element secondary to the design. She also adds textures using surprising source material such as orange bags and rondelles she creates herself.
Greg Jaskot had some beautiful assemblage pieces that featured found objects, stenciled and hand painted elements in sections and layers.
Like I mentioned earlier, it is a varied and beautiful show, plus all the works are for sale, so you could take the beauty home with you. You can see more images of the work on the JAM Gallery Facebook page, also more photos of the reception.All photos taken by JAM Gallery