The opening reception of Clatsop Community College’s eighth annual juried art exhibit, Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century was held Thursday, January 30, 2014 in the CCC Art Center Gallery.
This year, artists from 28 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands submitted nearly 800 images for consideration. After careful deliberation, this year’s juror, Charles Froelick chose 57 works of art representing 45 artists from 17 states in addition to artists from Canada and Germany.
Seventeen of the selected artists were present for the reception, including artists who traveled from California and Texas. During the opening reception, juror Charles Froelick gave a gallery talk and awards were announced, including cash prizes, purchase awards, and three workshop awards, which are supported by submission fees paid by all artists who entered the competition. The Bridgewater Bistro, Clemente’s Restaurant, and Dairy Maid generously provided hors d’oeuvres and Erickson Floral Company provided a stunning bouquet for the reception. Thanks also to the Astoria Coffee House and Bistro, the Fort George Brewery & Public House, and the Cannery Pier Hotel for their support.
This year’s Au Naturel exhibit will remain on display in the CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington, Astoria, through March 20, 2014. All visitors are invited to cast a vote for the People’s Choice award, which will be announced at the close of the exhibition.
The Au Naturel exhibit is free and open to the public. The CCC Art Center Gallery is located at 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm and Saturday, 11am-4pm; Sundays and holidays by appointment only.
Annie Heisey, of Portland, OR, whose work was selected for first place in the 2012 competition, won first place again this year for her mixed media piece Haunted. As second place, Mr. Froelick selected a graphite drawing entitled Subtle Drama by Susan Boehm of Lake Geneva, WI. Nick Reszetar of Milan, MI, was awarded third place for his conté on mylar piece entitled Javon Twice.
All of the artists selected to participate in the 2014 exhibit were invited to submit proposals for the solo show and workshop awards, which were reviewed by the art faculty. From among these submissions, V.E. Long of Angwin, CA, was chosen for the solo show award as well as a workshop award. V.E. Long’s solo show entitled Cakes, Nudes, and Bowling Balls will open the CCC Art Center’s 2014-2015 exhibition season next fall.
Cynthia Lahti of Portland, OR was also selected to teach a workshop that will focus on the creative process, experimentation, and risk-taking, which will be held during the next academic year (time and date to be announced). Ellen Soderquist of Dallas, TX was selected to teach a workshop entitled Gesture: The Essence of Figure, which was held Friday, January 31, 2014.
Two works of art were selected by the faculty as purchase awards and will become part of CCC's growing permanent collection: the interactive, rotating oil on wood painting entitled Sunna-Goddess of the Sun by Colin Poole of Santa Fe, NM and a drypoint/etching/engraving/aquatint print entitled Veil by Seth Daulton of Bloomington, IN.
View images of the award-winning artwork as well as those of this year’s exhibit and prior exhibits. Visitors to CCC also have the opportunity to view the purchase awards from previous Au Naturel exhibitions in the Dora Badollet Library, 1680 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. Library hours are: Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm; Friday, 8am-5pm; and Sunday, 12pm-5pm.
Please direct inquiries to Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472.
Attached Image #1: Photo by David Homer.
Artists pictured left to right:
BACK ROW: Lisa Taylor (Dublin, CA), Andrea Moni (Irvine, CA), Ben Rosenberg (Portland, OR), Deborah Shapiro (Tigard, OR), Patrick Kernan (Portland, OR), Georganne Watters (Rhododendron, OR), Bethany Rowland (Portland, OR), Reed Clarke (Portland, OR), Evan Degenfelder (Lebanon, OR), Joseph Besch (Portland, OR)
MIDDLE ROW: Michael Kelly (Beaverton, OR), V.E. Long (Angwin, CA), Soo Ock Ryu
(Katy, TX), Ellen Soderquist (Dallas, TX), Alexandra Becker-Black (Portland, OR)FRONT ROW: CCC’s Kristin Shauck, Founding Director of the Au Naturel international competition and Charles Froelick, the 2014 Au Naturel juror and owner/director of Froelick Gallery in Portland, OR.
ALSO IN ATENDANCE: James Archer (not shown, Portland, OR), Annie Heisey (not shown, Portland, OR)
Attached Image #2: Photo by David Homer.
Charles Froelick speaks to a gallery full to capacity of visitors attending the reception.