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18th Annual ISAP International Open Exhibition (2015)

July 30 – August 25, 2015

Paso Robles Art Association
The Showroom Gallery
1130 Pine ST
Paso Robles, CA 93447
(805)238-5473

Myrna Wacknov, Juror
Kate Burridge, Show Director
Janice Pluma, Exhibition Director

 

 

Introduction by Janice Pluma, Exhibition Director

Welcome back to The Showroom gallery in Paso Robles, California for the 18th Annual Open Exhibition of the International Society of Acrylic Painters.

This is the fourth year that the eagerly anticipated exhibit has been presented in this venue. It’s the second year that entries have been limited to smaller works. The quality of work submitted continues to prove that small can be mighty. The visual punch of approximately 60 acrylic paintings brings an excitement to this intimate gallery that draws in scores of excited visitors. It is certainly a favorite in this community! The Paso Robles Art Association and the ISAP committee thank this year’s juror, Myrna Wacknov for her excellent choices. We are proud to display these paintings.

Congratulations to all the entrants and award winners! Special thanks to the hardworking people who helped to make the show a reality and especially to ISAP for this wonderful partnership.

Juror’s Statement

It is always an honor and a serious responsibility to jury any art competition. Having entered many shows, I know the emotional investment that each entry represents. We are elated when our painting is accepted, crestfallen when it is not! I want to commend everyone who took a risk and entered the show. Do not be discouraged if your painting did not make it into this year’s show. Every exhibit should be a wonderful learning experience, as an exhibitor and/or as a viewer. To that end, if you would like to learn more about my evaluation of your painting, I am happy to share my thoughts with you. Art is one of those wonderful activities in life where growing and learning has no limits.

Jurying a show is always subjective, but I strive to eliminate as much personal bias as possible. There were four categories of criteria considered, with 1 to 5 possible points for each one. Content (story or emotional impact), Composition (design), Originality and Technique were what I was evaluating. Every artist has a different hierarchy of how they would rank the importance of these different aspects of painting. I personally feel originality is more important than technique, but that is a personal bias. For this show, all four categories had equal weight. I added up the points and 15 or better was accepted. Congratulations to those artists and to those who received awards.

For me, the true value of art is in the activity itself. The sheer joy of sloshing paint or making marks, exploring color, expressing ideas, discovering surprises and getting lost for hours in a magical world is far more important than the final result. Enjoy the process, love your time creating, strive to always learn more and you will always be the winner!

Myrna Wacknov
aws, nws, cwa, sdws, rmws

International Open Exhibition Sponsor Awards

Cash Awards:

$1500……ISAP First Place/Best of Show
$1000……ISAP Second Place
$500……..ISAP Third Place
$300……..ISEA Award for Most Experimental
$250……..Burridge Studio Award

Material Awards:*

Sub/Article..Acrylic Artist Magazine
$1000……Holbein
$500……..Vermont Art Supply
$300……..M Graham & Company
$296……..Chroma Acrylics
$200……..Citra Solv
$200……..Savoir Faire
$175………Creative Catalyst + International Artist Magazine + Matboard and More
$150………Jack Recheson & Company
$150………French Canvas
$150………Nova Color Artists Acrylic Paint + Matboard and More
$100……..Ampersand Art Supply
$100……..Golden Artist Colors
$100……..Jerry’s Artarama
$100……..Venus Studios Art Supply

* Awarded as a merchandise certificate