Au Naturel Art Exhibit Awards Announced

The opening reception of Clatsop Community College’s twelfth annual juried art exhibit,  Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century was held Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 in the CCC Royal Nebeker Art Gallery.

Arvie Smith, professor Emeritus of Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, selected 60 works of art from over 500 submitted images. Works on exhibit represent 60 works of art by 41 artists from 13 states plus the District of Columbia, in addition to international artists from Canada and Taiwan. 12 of the selected artists were present for the reception.

Juror Arvie Smith gave the gallery talk, and cash prizes, purchase awards, and workshop awards were announced. Submission fees paid by all artists who enter the competition support awards for the Au Naturel exhibit.

This year’s Au Naturel exhibit will remain on display through March 15th in the CCC Royal Nebeker Art Gallery at 1799 Lexington, Astoria, and is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm and Saturday, 11am-4pm; Sundays and holidays by appointment only. All visitors are invited to cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced at the close of the exhibition.

Buck Braden of Tualtin, OR won first place for his oil painting entitled The Mask. For second place, Smith selected Lauryn in October, an oil painting by Patrick Deshaye of Hillsboro, OR.  Third place went to James McComas of Golden, CO, for his oil painting called Daydream.

All of the artists selected to participate in the 2018 exhibit were invited to submit proposals for the solo show award and workshop awards, which were reviewed by the art faculty. From among these submissions, Justyna Kisielewicz of Burlingame, CA was chosen for the solo show award.  Kisielewicz ‘s solo show will kick off the 2018-2019 exhibition season next fall, and the featured artist will also be conducting a workshop in conjunction with her exhibit.  Chris Sheridan of Seattle, WA was selected for a workshop award.  The date and time of Sheridan’s workshop will be announced at a later date.

The large oil painting entitled Drift by Jordan Hayes of Rohnert Park was selected as this year's Purchase Award, which will become part of CCC’s growing Permanent Collection.  The majority of the pieces in the Permanent Collection are currently housed in the Dora Badollet Library, 1680 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. Library hours are: Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm; Friday, 8am-5pm; and Sunday, 12pm-5pm.

Thanks to the Bridgewater Bistro, Erikson’s Floral Company, the Fort George Brewery & Public House, The Inferno, and the Cannery Pier Hotel for their support.

To view images of the award-winning artwork, as well as all of those in this year’s exhibit and prior exhibits, please visit the gallery page of the Au Naturel website at:


Photo by Roger Dorband

BACK ROW (Left to right):  James McComas, Golden, CO; Buck Braden,Tualatin, OR; Arvie Smith, 2018 Au Naturel juror; Justyna Kisielewicz, Burlingame, CA; Jason Mayer, Vancouver, WA; Karen Schmidt, Seattle, WA; Gary Stutler, Portland, OR.

 FRONT ROW (left to right): Kristin Shauck, Founding Director of Au Naturel; Uta Fehlhaber-Smith, Portland, OR; De Anne Sbardellati, Tustin, CA; Carol Wood, Vancouver, WA; Jordan Hayes, Rohnert Park, CA; Steve Tannenbaum, Portland, OR; (Notshown) Jonathan Harkham, Los Angeles, CA.



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