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2014 CVG art show awards $9,000 in prizes | Kitsap Week
The annual CVG show and competition has announced its 2014 winners, but the round of honors is not quite finished.
“Voting for the $300 People’s Choice (award) is ongoing until 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28,” said Alan Newberg of the Collective Visions Gallery.
“At 7 p.m. that evening, there will be a short ceremony announcing and presenting the recipient of that award, followed by a gallery talk on contemporary art in Washington by Greg Robinson, executive director and head curator of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.”
The Collective Visions Gallery will be open normal hours and continue to take in People’s Choice Award votes. The show will continue until March 1.
This year is the seventh annual CVG Art Show, a juried competition that invites submissions from all over Washington. A total of 116 pieces of art are featured in the show this year. They were selected, blindly, by juror Jamie Walker, professor of art at the University of Washington.
“There were 280 artists from 68 Washington cities who entered over 700 individual artworks into the show,” Newberg said.
Artists across an array of mediums — from photography to sculpture — were honored at a Jan. 25 awards ceremony in the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton. Nearly $9,000 in award money was presented.
The ceremony at the Admiral Theatre was a new addition to the annual art competition, which has grown in popularity over the years.
“Nearly 300 attended,” Newberg noted.
But while attention to the art competition has grown, the show this year features less work than in past shows.
“The 2014 CVG Show has fewer artworks by fewer artists than any previous show,” Newberg said. “It also has more cases of the juror selecting more than one artwork by the same artist than ever before.”
Newberg said that the instructions to the juror each year are very general, with the aim to select the best possible show from submitted items. The autonomy of the juror is honored during this
“We pointed out the smaller numbers and the duplications but the juror stuck to his guns,” Newberg said. “The overwhelming response to the show has been positive, so I would have to conclude that he knew what he was doing.”
The awards range from categories such as two dimensional, three dimensional or photography, but there are also sponsored awards such as the Mayor’s Award, or the Best of Kitsap which is sponsored by the Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest, based in Poulsbo.
“The gallery considers this the second highest honor/award in the show,” Newberg said of the Best of Kitsap Award. “Unlike the other cash awards, it is selected by a team of two (Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest) board members and one CVG artist not in the current show.”
“This year the award went to Port Orchard artist Steve Sauer for his ceramic sculpture, ‘Song Bird,’ ” he said.
While many garnered praise through their achieved awards, audiences have taken note of quite a range of pieces.
“Besides the award winners, there are several pieces that have generated a lot of conversation and attention,” Newberg said.
“One of these is a modified found object sculpture by Tyree Callahan called ‘Chromatic Typewriter II.’ Another is an acrylic painting by Mary McGinnis titled ‘First Cutting.’ ”
The CVG show continues to feature the varied artwork from the competition at Collective Visions Gallery at 331 Pacific Ave., Bremerton. The exhibit continues until March 1.
2014 Collective Visions Gallery Show Award Winners
Mayor’s Award for Best of Show
“Ferry to the Prom,” by Harry Longstreet of Bainbridge Island — $1,500
Best of Kitsap Award
“Song Bird,” by Steve Sauer of Port Orchard — $1,000
First place: “Weekend,” by Marilynn Gottlieb of Bainbridge Island — $1,000
Second place: “Game Over,” by Matthew Worden of Port Orchard — $400
Third place: “Neutral Ground,” by Dinah Satterwhite of Bainbridge Island — $250
Two Dimensional Arts
First place: “Royal Anguish,” by Juan Rodriguez of Bremerton — $1,000
Second place: “Black Bear Study,” by Susan Cavanaugh of Silverdale — $400
Third place: “Diva,” by Antoaneta Georgieva of Seattle — $250
First place: “Moonscape,” by Brad Stave of Gig Harbor — $1,000.
Second place: “My Plane,” by Andrew Hoeppner of Seattle — $400
Third place: “Nickel Bouquet,” by Carla Grahn of Seattle — $250
Kitsap County Arts Board Purchase Prize Awards
“The Orbital,” by Ray Hamma of Port Orchard — $1,350
“Nature’s Palate,” by Mary Westerback of Bremerton — $495
“Daybreak,” by Tom King of Bremerton — $100