Thursday, June 4, 2009

Delaplaine Art Blog Begins!

Welcome to the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center blog. Our intention is to engage community artists and art lovers in an ongoing conversation about art. The term "community" may take on different definitions, such as the region of Frederick County, MD, or a global "community of artists", but in any case, we would love to hear from friends both near and far! We hope this is just the beginning of an exciting, creative journey that we will take together. After all, we are YOUR community arts center.

From June 6 - July 19, 2009, The Regional Juried Exhibit will be in the F&M-Kline Gallery at the Delaplaine. Juror Annet Couwenberg has chosen the work from regional artists living and working within a 75 mile radius of Frederick, MD. Ms. Couwenberg, an award-winning mixed-media artist, has exhibited nationally and internationally. If you are in the area, please stop in to see the show and give us your feedback here. Also, see her Juror Statement below.

Juror statement
"It was a pleasure to be the 2009 juror for the annual regional exhibit at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center a vital organization in promoting cultural activities for the region. What an honor to be exposed to a large amount of exciting art works from artists with various backgrounds and accomplishments, working in different media. I have sought to include here a number of artists whose diverse works and fresh interpretations are bound together by their roots in the traditional, but their innovations provoke or evolve into unsuspected discoveries. I was most impressed with the artists who showed a personal vision: work with strong content, creativity, imagination, and technical mastery. I looked for works that were innovative and challenge our viewpoint, question and engage the viewer. I would like to express my thanks to all artists, whose excellent art was created with devotion and awareness. Let me also extend a special thank you to Diane Sibbison, Manager of Exhibits for the smooth coordination and the whole staff at the Delaplaine Center for hosting this stimulating show."

Annet Couwenberg
Professor, Fiber Department
Maryland Institute College of Art