R O B E R T R E G I S D V O R A K
The Coastal Arts LeagueSeptember 1999 Exhibition
First I want to congratulate and acknowledge each person who submitted one or more works to the exhibition. Taking a blank piece of paper, film, canvas, a hunk of clay or found objects and producing a work of art is a remarkable accomplishment. One must face their shadowsinsecurities, fears, confusions, frustrations in order to create art. Beyond that, to select one or more expressions of personal creativity and prepare and permit it to be displayed takes another step of courage. I want the participants to know that I acknowledge them for each work submitted.
There were some works that "spoke" to me more directly than others. My selections for the show are based upon my own subjective connections. Being a watercolorist I am attracted to that medium but I also work in oil, acrylic, pastel, and collage and have been a printmaker for years. I have an appreciation of the technical expertise required for each media from personal experience. I have tried to make my selections represent the many different media presented. I looked for skill, personal expression, spontaneity, emotional impact, originality of concept and what I call the story factorthe narrative that comes through the work. My subjective feelings and my understanding of the piece and the medium prevailed. I wanted my selections to include technical skill and creative expression.
Best of Show Award
Susana Van Bezooijen, Yucatecan House
This small model is a very original statement full of content, story and humor. It is very original and very personal.
Best 2-dimensional work
Susan Varjavand, Boulder at the Source
This abstract painting has rich color, strong composition, lost and found edges, and reminds me of coastal rocks, earth color, and water. It is difficult to paint a strong composition in a square format. This person is a painter.
Best 3-dimensional work
Susana Van Bezooijen, Dame Regnell
The work has a primitive quality, full of life and vitality. It is a very strong ceramic piece down to the expression on the womans face. Everything works, the color and weight of the figure in a very small format. It demonstrates that bigger is not necessarily better.
Randie Marlow, Kamikaze Moon
Here I am attracted to the abstract composition made by the silhouetted figures hanging and flying through the night air with the full moon glowing below them. The grainy quality of the photo adds to the abstract quality of the composition.
Sandra Smith, Helping Hand
Of the five works submitted in this category I picked this one for its color, vitality, story and painterly quality.
Michael Forte, Tomato Man
I dont know what to call thisa photo painting? This is a digital manipulation, made with a computer, of a photograph. I like the strong light and color. Look again at the mans shirt. There are a number of excellent works in the exhibition created this way.
Victoria Hamlin, Hangin Around
The figure placed in the confines of a cramped canvas border produces the feeling of tight space, the same feeling one might have trying to work high up on a ladder in an awkward position. The paint has been applied with confidence and tells the story.
Randall Reid, Gate Keeper
The primitive quality of the gown, the base, and the expression on the face exhibit a sureness of form and an emotional aliveness. Mr. Reid is a master of this medium.
Michael Wong, Brugge Canal
The axial space in this photo is a favorite composition of mine. I could look at the colors in the water for hours. The hard line edges of the architecture contrasts with the fluid movement of the water and the soft vegetation.
Thank you for the honor and pleasure to serve as your juror.
Robert Regis Dvorak
PO Box 370371 Montara CA 94037 USA