The 50th Hamilton Current regional art competition is a big - we mean a REALLY BIG - deal. Artworks from this year’s selected artists will be projected in wall-scale images on the Fitton Center’s exterior in an exciting new week-long outdoor digital presentation May 28 - June 4, 8:00pm - midnight. We'll also be featuring groups of artworks weekly here on the blog leading up to and during the exhibition!
Artworks chosen for Cash Awards and Honorable Mention Awards by judges will be physically installed in the ground floor Monument Gallery at Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave, Hamilton OH and on view May 28 – July 9. Fitton Center galleries are free and open to the public starting June 1. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 2:00pm.
Lori Kay Farr
1. HeART of Hamilton
36 x 21 Inches
Mosaic: Vitreous glass tiles, stained glass, recycled glass tile and hand tinted grout, Hand drawn substrate, with hand cut stained glass sheets cut into tesserea. Each piece was hand shaped using glass cutting tools and placed and glued. The final step is hand tinting the grout. The grout is then placed over each area to fill the spaces between the tiles . the entire piece is cleaned off to reveal the final result of a grouted glass mosaic.
24 x 48 inches
Mosaic: Vintage Stained Glass, glass tile and hand tinted grout, Hand painted substrate, with hand cut vintage stained glass sheets cut into tesserea. Each piece was hand shaped using glass cutting tools and placed and glued. The final step is hand tinting the grout. The grout is then placed over each area to fill the spaces between the tiles . the entire piece is cleaned off to reveal the final result of a grouted glass mosaic.
facebook: Catherine Louise Fiorelli
1. Gang of Four
18 x 18 inches
4 reductive block prints were assembled into one composition with additions of paper craft
2. Ray of Hope
12 x 36 inches gallery wrap
oil, this is a painting that I thought was complete, but the addition of more yellow interjected a happier feeling and completed my intention
facebook: Sandy Garrison
1. Cincy Wheel
16 x 20
Fine Art Photography. Nikon camera, Walked Roebling Bridge and near Sky Wheel for 3 hours capturing various shots and angles. Processed with Adobe Lightroom.
2. With Dad
16 x 24
Fine Art Photography. Nikon Camera, Early morning walk on Driftwood Beach at Jekyll Island, Ga. Processed in Adobe Lightroom.
1. Messenger of Friendship
18 x14 inches
Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore Bristol paper, Reference photo was an Iris from my yard cut and placed in a vase on my kitchen table. I needed to draw something from nature in May 2020 after being held captive by Covid 19 since March. My AKA name for this image is " Corona Iris".
My approach was a painterly style.
2. Where The Shadows End
17 X 14
Prismacolor colored pencil on Strathmore Toned Gray paper, Reference photo I took while walking on the Loveland bike trail in early December 2020. My objective is to use colored pencil in a more painterly way as oppose to a realistic approach.
7" H x 5" W Unframed
Graphite pencil and gouache paint on Canson mix media paper, Graphite drawing was created from an original photo reference. Gouache paint was then layered on top.
7" H x 5" W Unframed
Graphite pencil and gouache paint on Canson mixed media paper, Graphite drawing was created from direct observation. Gouache paint was then layered on top. Drawing guidelines were not removed to show glimpses of the painting's beginnings.
West Harrison Indiana
1. Be Genuine Even If You Stand Out 2
Layers of watercolor and graphite on claybord. Watercolor is sometimes meandering on its own journey and then very controlled painting at other times. In a sea of conformity where everyone blends in because they all look the same, be genuine even if you stand out. Let what makes you different rise to the surface and become clear. If you are too afraid to be different from the world, how can you make a difference in the world? The figure is painted to give the illusion of standing abut also floating in the water. What is above the surface of the water is genuine while what is beneath the water is in blue and faded without much detail
I began with a photo transfer of an image I took myself on claybord. I then added layers of watercolor, watercolor pencil and graphite to create additional details and the floating orbs. The artwork is about growth. Humans are similar to trees in that they are always growing. But like trees, sometimes the growth is seen like in the branches, and other times, growth is beneath the surface like in a trees roots. Just because you don't see something, doesn't mean growth is not happening. It's like magic.
3. Searching Myself 2
I wet the claybord and then let the watercolor meander on its own journey. Once dried, I drew the self-portrait from images I took myself during the early morning hours when the sun was coming through a window I had created a blind effect using masking tape across the window. The artwork is part of a series of 3 I created during quarantine that documented a time of self reflection. 2020 was full of a lot of moments that caused me to search myself for who I am and how I can educate myself to be a more inclusive teacher, artist and human.
All 24 x 36