[By Melissa Zoeller]
The JCC Patio Gallery selected 19 local artists to be represented in the 2013 Mazin Annual Art Exhibition. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2-4 p.m. Prizes for the top three pieces will also be announced at that time. The exhibit runs in the JCC Patio Gallery until January 7, 2014.
Bernice Mazin was a prolific artist throughout her life. She created the Mazin Annual Art Exhibition in honor of her husband, Benjamin, to give new and established Louisville artists a venue for exhibiting their works.
During the opening reception, the JCC will remember the life of the Mazins and their impact on the arts at the JCC.
A record number of 55 artists submitted 177 works of art for consideration in this year’s Mazin Annual Art Exhibition. The renowned Billy Hertz, owner of Galerie Hertz, juried the exhibit. From the entries he selected 20 works of art to be displayed in the exhibition.
“As a juror, one thing I have found which so far has proved to be true time after time – do not go into the judging booth with a preconceived ideas of how the exhibition is going to look at the end of the selection process!” states Hertz.
Hertz added, “What is most important is that the final result reads as a cohesive body, that the works of art, regardless of medium, play off each other, continue the same narrative, sing together in perfect harmony – to me that is what constitutes and makes for a great exhibition. There were over 175 pieces of work to select from and getting it down to a precious few was no easy task due to the overall excellence of the majority of work submitted.”
Artists whose work was accepted include C.J. Pressma, Tracy A. Norman, Nikita Krivoshey, Alice McDonald, Jenna Richards, Kevin Schultz, Katherine Knudsen, Vailorie Henderson, Martha Plager, Judy Mudd, Susan Moffett, Trish Korte, Kathleen Loomis, Devon E. Murphy, Nick Hartman, Keith Auerbach, Frank F. Weisberg, Bob Lockhart and Beverly Glasscock.
The exhibit will feature artwork in a variety of media including Archiva/Ink Jet Print, Embroidery Floss, Oil on Canvas, Collage, Encaustic, Intaglio, Fabric, Fiber/Art Quilt, Watercolor, Drawing, Acrylic, Pastel, Neo Color and more.
The JCC Patio Gallery is free and open to the public.