|April M Rimpo with her husband Chas standing by April's painting|
More Beautiful with Age (as lower left)
I've been able to attend the WAS-H International Exhibition reception for the last two years. This exhibit is very popular, as evident by the crowds that attend. There is literally standing room only starting about fifteen minutes into the reception. Last year I decided not to go to the studio/presentation area for the presentation of awards so I could enjoy the art in the exhibit, stepping back and being able to take it all in. However this year the juror, Eric Wiegardt, was giving a talk during the presentation of awards and I wanted to hear it.
Eric discussed his selection process to whittle down the approximately 300 entries to the 100 on exhibit. He explained that it was only subtle nuances that allowed him to select the award winners. His talk about the top award winners was fascinating. Eric’s in depth understanding of art and art history was evident. His approach was to select paintings that emphasized different artistic styles, historically important transitions in art, excellence in technique, and particular aspects of design and execution. As he stated not all paintings can excel in all the different attributes of an excellent painting but focus on different aspects. His selection showed the breadth of great art. Hearing his thoughts on these pieces added so much to the exhibit for me and I am very glad I didn’t miss it. Spending more time with Eric would no doubt enhance just about anyone’s understanding of art and history since his ability to explain his view point was extraordinary.
|April with her son at WAS-H Reception|
Enjoy the picture of the reception with my family and me.