July 15, 2003- Every piece of art in the July exhibit opening on Friday at Alexander's Café in Frenchtown is an award-winning work.
The show consists of the first, second and third place winners and also those which received honorable mention at this year's 15th annual Caribbean Colour show.
Many of the creators of the 23 prize-winning works will be on hand at the opening reception Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to meet them, view their art, and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and champagne.
Caribbean Colour, an exhibition presented annually by the St. Thomas-St. John Arts Council, "has been the cornerstone of support for Virgin Islands artists" over the years, publicity states.
For this year's show, held at Port of $ale Mall in May, 110 works by adult artists were judged by a panel of art experts in four categories: oil; water media; 3-dimensional — sculpture, found objects, clay; and "everything else" — drawings, pastels, photography. Another 51 works by students were judged separately.
Claire Ochoa, who coordinates the monthly shows at Alexander's, also is active in the not-for-profit, membership-based arts council. She says this exhibition, in addition to showcasing the artists' work, will offer the community an opportunity "to inform yourself about what the arts council can do for you, and what you can do for the arts council." Members will be on hand Friday to talk about the local art scene and the council's mission — and to accept membership applications.
The show will hang through Aug. 7.
Here's the list of works to be shown:
Oils — Tony Romano's "Intangible Fusion" (1st place), Kimberly Boulon's "Moonlight Shell Seeking" (2nd place), Bente Hirsch's "The Thinker" (3rd place) and Susan Edwards' "Virgin Saint II" (honorable mention). ("Moonlight Shell Seeking" also won the People's Choice balloting for the David O'Neill Excellence Award.)
Water media (watercolor, acrylic ) — Edie Paljavcsik Johnson's "Bird Dancer" (1st place), Bruce L. Shrallow's "Granny" (2nd place), Pam Larsen's "Tuscany Geese" (3rd place) and Charlene Kehoe's "Venice Sunset II" (honorable mention).
Three-dimensional (sculpture, found objects, clay) — Lynn Paccassi-Berry's "Fade to Blue" (1st place), Holland Van Gores' untitled work (2nd place), Cheryl Miller's "Caribbean Politics" (3rd place) and Barbara Weatherly's "Market Lady" (honorable mention).
Everything else (drawings, pastels, photography) — Kimberly Boulon's "Veiled Insecurity" (1st place), Joey de Martelly's "Fish" (2nd place), M. Lisa Etre's "Fair Ladies" and A. Thody MacDonald's "Bright Robe" (tied for 3rd place), and Stepanie Schoyer's "Gathering Bananas" and Aimee Trayser's "Copper Landscape" (both honorable mention).
Student works — Darvin Charles's "Essence of Beauty" (1st place), Tony Bongiovi's "Mighty Ducks" (2nd place), Dacia Samuel's "Wallow" (3rd place), and the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Art Department's "Creative Collage" and Tachelle Newton's "Fly Away" (both honorable mention).
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