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Posted: 10/02/13


David Pyrce, president of Starkweather Society, prepares to hang the show and was on hand to receive accepted work. Shown here are "Country Road" by Romeo artist Evelyn Raiter, "Field of Flowers" by Washington Twp. artist Paul Kurily and "Haying Field" by Dolores Kurily of Washington Twp.

(Observer photo by Judith Kimpan)

SAC to show Reflections
of Autumn Oct 4-Nov. 1

by JUDITH KIMPAN
Observer Special Writer

      With the arrival of crisp fall days and leaves changing color, Starkweather Arts Center will debut "Reflections of Autumn," a juried art show celebrating the beauty and diversity of the autumnal season. The show will open Oct. 4th and continue until Nov. 1st.
       Original art with titles such as the watercolor "Harvest Noire," by Robert Fionda of Armada, watercolor by Joyce Kilpatrick of Romeo called "Amber Glow" or a work in oil and acrylic by Gary Slomka titled "Cornfield and Clouds."
       Well-known local artist Dolores Kurily of Washington Twp. has been painting for 70 years. She found inspiration in the haying field next to her son's property in White Lake. She completed her plein-air pastel in about 2 1/2 hours, but added it took her 37 years to get the knowledge to do so. Her husband, Paul, found his inspiration on one of his trips traveling around the state photographing interesting sights. He used oils to paint a field of sunflowers and worked at home using his photograph to guide him.
       This seasonal themed art show follows on the heels of Starkweather Arts Center Thumb Area Artists Show. Twenty-three works were selected out of 54 submissions for this show.
       Barbra Miner, associate professor and associate chair of the art department at the University of Toledo, judged the show. Her mixed media and installation works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in over 50 exhibitions. She has participated in national and international residencies, received grants to support her research and artwork and has won numerous awards for excellence.
       Miner wrote in her juror's statement how pleased she was to see the range of work.
       "While everyone thinks of pumpkins and colorful leaves as de rigueur for fall themed shows, it was wonderful to see creative artists approaching the topic with other ideas. Texture and subtle linear approaches alongside photographs of landscapes and brightly colored and saturated designs provided the opportunity to construct a very interestingly broad exhibition representing local artists," Miner wrote.
       Awards for Best of Show and First, Second and Third Place will be presented at the opening, to be held Oct. 4 from 6-8 p.m. The gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
       The Best in Show winner will receive a solo exhibition at the Starkweather Arts Center in the Ford Gallery.
       All accepted work will be compiled into a full color catalog available for purchase online. The first, second and third place winners will receive a catalog of the juried exhibition.
       David Pyrce, president of Starkweather Society, didn't anticipate this show as being as large as the previous Thumb Area Artists Show, but was excited by the incoming work he accepted before hanging the show.
       "There are beautiful, interesting works, in a variety of media, from wood burning to digital photography," said Pyrce, adding that he welcomes the public to "experience some great art and discover the building."
      


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