Tuesday, October 29, 2013

NEWS FROM MY STUDIO

WAYNESBORO: I was recently juried into my third art fair which took place over a weekend in Waynesboro, Virginia. The 42nd Annual Fall Foliage Art Show was held on a very rainy Saturday and Sunday, October 12th and 13th. The Show is hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Art Center each year and typically brings in large crowds. It was also awarded Best In Virginia in 2012 by the art fair community. Luckily set up on Friday was dry. The rains came the next morning and didn't stop until I was home late Sunday night!

After 41 years it seems to have a great following in the art community because in spite of the weather the crowds both days were impressive. I visited with many patrons and artists both days and had a few sales each day. Thank you to Piper Groves for organizing an excellent event.

The one bright spot to the weekend was that I took home the blue ribbon for a media-specific award - First Place Photography - for my body of work at the show. The judge, John Morgan, graduated from the University of West Virginia with a bachelor of fine arts degree and later received his master's in fine art at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has taught at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond and Sweet Briar College. He has also received two National Endowment for the Arts grants in the past. He visited my booth three separate times on Saturday, the second time commenting, "I am enthusiastic about your work." Needless to say he made my day. The ceremony took place Saturday after the show closed. And to make it all worthwhile a check came with the ribbon!

Jones Point Mist ©CarolSimonsHuddleston
Wilson Bridge Abstract
©CarolSimonsHuyddleston
DULLES: Starting November 15th nine members of the women's photography group that I belong to, F11, will exhibit a total of 42 images at Dulles International Airport's Gateway Gallery. The exhibit will showcase differing views of the Potomac River that each of us have taken over the past couple of years. Images range from land-scapes to abstract and reflect each photographer's own vision of the Potomac. The photographs will be enlarged and made into transparencies which will in turn be displayed in the Gallery's individual back-lighted "frames" which line the walls of the walkway. If you are headed out of town between mid-November and May 30, 2014 be sure to get to the airport early so you can stop and take a look.

MOSAIC DISTRICT: Each first friday of the month throughout the Fall the Mosaic Shopping District in Northern Virginia will feature a mix of fine art, shopping, dining and entertainment.  Each month a line-up of artists will be curated by √©lan magazine to showcase their work among the shops and restaurants along District Avenue. Starting with November 1st I will be exhibiting (initially at Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio boutique) between 6:00pm and 9:00pm. Visit Mosaic Art Walk for more information.