JFAA 50th Annual Art Show Awards

Best of Show, Sue Morrissey, “Exposed”

If you missed the reception for the 50th last Friday there was a great turnout of people and many positive comments about the exhibit. The highlight of the festivities was the announcement of the Jurors Choice Awards and the commemorative art give-away that generated much excitement with over 20 people receiving a piece of art.

JURORS CHOICE AWARDS

Best of Show – Sue Morrissey, Exposed

Mixed Media - Sabrina Hornung, Dance Me to the Moon

Photography – Lynda Thronsedt, Progress and Presentation

Printmaking - Brian Paulsen, Revenna Reply

Painting Award, Karen Bakke, “Pazazz”

Painting - Karen Bakke, Pazazz

Drawing - Jennifer Parker, Frame Rotation

Sculpture – Deane Colin Fay, Reeds

Honorable Mention

Theresa Paul, Embrace

Jon Offutt, Out West of Here

The Juror, Linda Whitney discussed each of her choices and mentioned that she was particularly moved by pieces that “had a narrative quality”. She noted that many mediums were under-represented and therefore could not give a prize in these categories. Because of this Whitney selected two honorable mention prizes that highlighted commendable pieces in glass and jewelry.

2014 Annual Show Brochure

Thanks to all the artists who participated in the exhibit and especially to those who donated a commemorative artwork. Thanks also to Ottertail Power for sponsoring this 50th year exhibit.

Thanks to Ottertail Power for supporting the 50th Annual Exhibit.

The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by The Arts Center Gallery Manager Sally Jeppson.  She would love to hear your comments here or email sjeppson@jamestownarts.com.
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Celebrate The JFAA Annual Exhibition’s 50 Years

Come Celebrate and if You’re Lucky            Receive a Commemorative Piece of Art

Next Friday, September 12 at 5:30 pm we are asking you join us to celebrate The Arts Center’s JFAA Annual Art Show becoming 50 Years old! This is an amazing accomplishment for a community art show and definitely worthy of a party!

There will be good food, beverages, fun conversations and … wait for it…. the opportunity to have a chance at receiving a piece of art to take home.  Some artists have generously agreed to donate a small artwork in commemoration of the 50th event. Some of these artists are exhibiting in the Annual but some are just willing to celebrate with us.  I won’t know how many “chances” for artwork will be available until the last minute but we encourage you to attend.

50th Commemorative artwork titled, “Opening,” a collage. Donated by Vicki Kessler and Donna Kjonaas. Some lucky ticket holder will take this piece home.

Maybe you are wondering … tickets required…$10 (member) or $20 (non-member) to attend an opening preview? Why pay when you can see the show anytime?  Ok, first, I think you should attend regardless of the perks, ’cause, well, its just good fun to hang out at the Arts Center! But here is my pitch….In addition to getting a chance to take home an artwork by purchasing a ticket you are actually helping the artists. Artists who donated an artwork had their entry fees waived. These entry fees help support the Juror’s Choice awards that will be given on Friday night. Your ticket fees will help offset those fees.

Another “perk” for ticket holders.  You get the first pick to purchase art. There will be some choice pieces exhibited and this is a great opportunity to purchase original artwork. There is too much mass produced, over priced junk in the marketplace – why not, purchase something “real”.

  • 5:30 pm Preview Begins
  • 6:15 pm Juror’s Comments and Awards Announced
  • 6:45 pm Commemorative Piece Drawing

Ok, we know there are other events in Jamestown Friday evening (University of Jamestown is having a kick-off for the Performing Arts Series) Don’t miss either event…attend them both, double your fun and support community arts.  Just remember the drawing for the donated mini artworks will be held at 6:45 pm.

Thanks to Ottertail Power for supporting the 50th Annual Exhibit.

The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by The Arts Center Gallery Manager Sally Jeppson.  She would love to hear your comments here or email sjeppson@jamestownarts.com.

 

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Glass Blower Coming to Jamestown – Come see Jon Offutt

This year with the help of Jamestown Tourism we are able to host long-time Fargo artist Jon Offutt as special, featured “entertainment” during tomorrow’s community block party.

Thursday, August 28
1 pm demo
2 pm demo
3 pm demo
5-8 pm continuously blowing

Every year, The Arts Center contributes some kind of arts activity to the event. Past years we have allowed the community and Jamestown College students to play in the mud (a.k.a. play with clay and try their skill at the potters wheel). This year we wanted to do something special as we celebrate the last Art in the Park gathering of the summer.

Offutt will be set up in the park adjacent to the Arts Center on the corner of 2nd Street SW and 1st Avenue SW (281).  Look for our tall, new, colorful banners flags.

Don’t like crowds? You don’t have to wait until the block party to see Offutt at work. To be hot enough to blow glass by Thursday afternoon Offutt will fire up the furnace on Wednesday night.  Rather than waste time and fuel with a hot furnace, Offutt will be able to do several demonstrations at 1, 2 and 3 pm for anyone to enjoy.

A bonus, Offutt will also bring some of his finished glass vessels – they will be on display and for sale in the Arts Center’s Lobby all day Thursday.

Even though Offutt is a glass artist working with materials heated to temperatures as high as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit he isn’t apprehensive about having visitors in his workspace; he is very comfortable creating beautiful glasswork in front of an audience. Jon has been working at his art for over 30 years and to watch him create vessels from molten glass is a unique, not to be missed experience. 
Everyone who visits the demonstrations should leave their name, address and phone number to be entered in a drawing for one of Offutt’s glass art pieces. 
When not touring the country in his Mobile Glassblowing Studio, Jon Offutt is busy as the owner and operator of the House of Mulciber Glass Studio. – you can find him on Facebook.
 
The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by The Arts Center Gallery Manager Sally Jeppson.  She would love to hear your comments here or email sjeppson@jamestownarts.com. 
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Like Quilting? Have Lunch – Meet the Artists

The current exhibit in The Arts Center’s gallery is titled Land, Sky, Water. The artwork provides a look at new and different ways to approach textile art-combining quilting, fiber and found objects. There is hand sewing, machine sewing and embroidery combined in each piece. The colors are vibrant and the textures are rich. The pieces emerge from many collaborative hours between two artists, Donna Kjonaas and Vicky Kessler.

Read more in the Jamestown Sun article.

Tomorrow, August 21 at NOON the Arts Center is hosting a lunch and an opportunity to meet these two artists.

The lunch is free – sponsored by Jamestown quilt shop, Comforts of Home. Call the Arts Center immediately, 701-251-2496 to RSVP if you would like to have lunch with the artists. Everyone is welcome and Sally’s making Curried Chicken Salad.

The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by The Arts Center Gallery Manager Sally Jeppson.  She would love to hear your comments here or email sjeppson@jamestownarts.com.

 

 

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CALL FOR ENTRY – The Arts Center’s 50th Annual Art Show

ARTISTS–CALL FOR ENTRY

We are hoping you participate in our upcoming JFAA Annual Exhibit. It’s that time again and the deadline is fast approaching (Aug 18 but we’ll fudge a little). This year is particularly special as its the JFAA Annual’s 50th year. It is a grand feat for a small town art show to survive 50 years. While participation has ebbed and flowed over the years, it continues to be a favorite exhibition for the Jamestown community. To celebrate this milestone we asking for “tons” of artists to participate.

The details can be found in the prospectus but briefly …

Any artist (professional, amateur, or youth) can enter the exhibit and submit up to three pieces. All mediums will be accepted. Every artwork will be displayed if it meets a few basic rules (must be framed and wired, stable and safe–the important specifics are outlined in the attached prospectus).  Once displayed, the artwork will be juried for prizes. This year’s juror is Linda Whitney, premiere printmaker and artist from Valley City.

Click here to download registration pack: 50th Annual Registration Pack

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY – To celebrate the 50th we are asking all artists to create and donate a small piece to be part of the opening preview event. Artists will receive a high-quality piece of artist paper (8 x 8) and are asked to transform it into something wonderful–it could be a collage, drawing, painting, print or whatever inspires them. Artists can also manipulate the paper by folding, attaching things to it and changing it to create a 3-D piece. The exhibit preview on September 12th will be a ticketed event where attendees will receive one of these commemorative pieces in a random drawing.

All Artists are invited to attend this event and can bring a guest.  There is no charge for artists to attend the preview, but if your want to participate in the commemorative artwork drawing you will have to purchase a ticket. Tickets are $10.

Any artist can create a piece for this event – even if they do not want to enter the Annual exhibit - tell your friends. But those artists who are entering the show will have their entry fee waived if they agree to create a donated piece.

Please call 701-251-2496 or email sjeppson@jamestownarts.com if you would like to receive paper to create a 50th commemorative artwork and we’ll mail it out right away. Please be sure to send your mailing address. If you don’t want to wait for your paper, and prefer to select your own, that is ok, but please stick with the 8 x 8” size and please let me know if you are planning on participating.

The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by The Arts Center Gallery Manager Sally Jeppson.  She would love to hear your comments here or email sjeppson@jamestownarts.com.

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Art Hunt Recap

What fun! After making a visual investigation we can say with confidence that all the mini-artworks have been found. There were three unaccounted for (grey, orange and pink) and the “finders” have not come forward but the Llamas have been taken from their hiding places. If you have found one of these three llamas we would like to hear from you–just to document your success!

We would like to thank Guillermo Guardia “Memo” for creating the mini-sculpted llamas and William Hessian “Mr. Billy” for originating the Art Hunt concept here in Jamestown.

Special thanks also to Angela Martini for hiding the llamas, taking the photographs and managing the hunt. Its a lot of extra work and logistics to make a successful hunt but the popularity and the enjoyment generated by this annual event makes it well worth it.

What I love about the Art Hunt…its great for all ages, a terrific family activity, it gets everybody excited about art, it brings out our inner child, it gets us outdoors and off the couch, it builds awareness about Jamestown area parks, and brings awareness about The Arts Center to those who might not know what we do. It is a great “Culture Builds Community” program.

Introducing the happy hunters and proud owners of miniature Guillermo Guardia llama sculptures:

The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by The Arts Center Gallery Manager Sally Jeppson.  She would love to hear your comments here or email sjeppson@jamestownarts.com.

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Art Hunt Clue Set #4

Still 3 mini artworks waiting to be found.

Here is the final set of clues.

Art Hunt Clue #4

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Art Hunt Clue Set #3

Only 3 mini art pieces remain: Orange, Pink and Yellow!

Here is the 3rd set of clues.

Art Hunt Clue #3

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Art Hunt 2nd Clue Set

Wow, there have been lots of mini artworks found already!

Here is the second set of clues. Those that have been found are indicated.

Art Hunt Clue #2

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Let the Art Hunt Begin!

Here is the 1st set of clues for the Mini Art Hunt.

Remember all mini art pieces are hidden in plain sight – no need to dig or move anything to find them.  All will be found in Jamestown’s parks.

If you find a mini art piece please email info@jamestownarts.com so we can mark it as found.

Good Luck! At 3:00pm the second set of clues will be released.

Art Hunt Clues #1

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