July 30 to Sept 3
The Athenaeum along with the Cannon Gallery in La Costa are known for their juried shows of high quality. At The Athenaeum the jurors this year were:Mary L. Beebe, Director, Stuart Collection, UCSD, Hugh Davies, Ph.D., The David C. Copley Director & CEO, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Mark Quint, Owner, Quint Gallery
The work is on view in the Athenaeum’s Clayes Gallery and Rotunda Gallery.
I was a little surprised that with such a prestigious group of judges that more well known artists did not enter the show for the 25th anniversary. For that to happen, I supposed the jurors would have had to promote the show amongst the artist they knew. Then, if those artist did not get in it would be very degrading. And many artists do not want to pay a fee to be rejected. But this was a good chance for many under-rated artists to be seen by a stellar panel. Such are the trials of the juried show concept. That is not to say that the work was not of high quality. We loved seeing a red dot on the ceramic fantasy of Irene de Watteville which got an honorable mention. And Madeline Sherry is coming into her own with two fine very large painting that show a tour de force of skill.
|Irene de Watteville|
|Madeline Sherry perfectly displayed between the windows of this lovely room.|
|Cliff McReynold gives us a vision from sea to sky|
|You have got to love Dan Adams and his little duck and cat...but look close, there is a gun in his hand. The dark side of Adams?|
|Luscious gentle colors by Kaori Fukyyama|
|Beautifully rendered shadows in this acrylic painting by Brad Maxey|
|First Prize went to Becky Robbins for her oil on board and encaustic|