The opening reception of Clatsop Community College’s ninth annual juried art exhibit, Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century was held Thursday, January 29, 2015 in the CCC Art Center Gallery.
Juror Barbara Shaiman, an independent curator based in Seattle, selected 56 works of art from among more than 500 submitted images. Works on exhibit represent 41 artists from 14 states in addition to an international artist from South Africa. Please note that the artist from South Africa is represented in the online 2015 gallery only. View images of the award-winning artwork as well as those of this year’s exhibit and prior exhibits online.
Eighteen of the selected artists were present for the reception. Juror Shaiman gave a gallery talk, and cash prizes, purchase awards, and workshop awards were announced. Awards for the Au Naturel exhibit are supported by submission fees paid by all artists who enter the competition.
The award presentation was recorded and can be viewed online. The Bridgewater Bistro and Dairy Maid generously provided hors d’oeuvres and Erickson Floral Company and Bloomin’ Crazy Florals provided bouquets 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 5th, 2015, and 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-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.
This is the fifth year that first place winner Reed Clark, who resides in both Portland and Gearhart, OR, has exhibited his artwork in the Au Naturel. His large oil painting Apparition Number Four, was also selected for a purchase award. Ms. Shaiman selected an oil painting entitled Pearls by Carrie Alter of Chapel Hill, NC for the second place award. Linda Andrei of Ithaca, NY was awarded third place for her oil painting entitled Ode to Man.
All of the artists selected to participate in the 2015 exhibit were invited to submit proposals for the solo show and workshop awards, which were reviewed by the art faculty. From among these submissions, David Allison of Seattle, WA was chosen for the solo show award. This solo show will open the CCC Art Center’s 2015-2016 exhibition season next fall, and the featured artist will conduct a workshop in conjunction with the exhibit.
Another award-winning artist in this year’s Au Naturel is Portland-based Henk Pander, who was born in Haarlem, The Netherlands, and whose artwork is represented in prestigious museums and collections across the globe, including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Pander has accepted an award to conduct a special workshop, which will tentatively be held during the fall term of 2015, date and time to be announced.
In addition to Reed Clarke’s large oil painting, Chris Sheridan’s Venus Revisited: Examining Beauty 3 (Study) was also selected for a Purchase Award. Both paintings will become part of CCC’s growing Permanent Collection, housed primarily in its 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.
2015 Au Natural Opening Reception:
Top row (standing), from left to right: Leslie Lee (Portland, OR), Linda Andrei (Ithaca, NY), Sarah Burns (Portland, OR), Tedd Chilless (Portland, OR), Chris Sheridan (Seattle, WA), Randee Ayres (Portland, OR), Patrick Kernan (Portland, OR), MaryAnn Kuchera (Seattle, WA), Reed Clarke (Portland and Gearhart, OR), Ben Rosenberg (Portland and Manzanita, OR), Henk Pander (Portland, OR), David Allison (Seattle, WA)
Second row (seated), from left to right: Erin Grant (Portland, OR), Kristin Shauck (Founding Director of the Au Naturel international competition), Barbara Shaiman (Seattle-based independent curator and 2015 Au Naturel judge), Nancy Allen (Port Townsend, WA), Kay Danley (Portland, OR)
Not shown: Patrick Deshaye (Hillsboro, OR) , Karen Gjelsteen (Seattle, WA), Paul Barton (Tumwater, WA)
David Allison (Seattle, WA), Solo Show and Workshop Award Winner
St. Severin, Preaching Meloncholia
Mixed Media on Paper, 42x42
Henk Pander (Portland, OR), Workshop Award Winner
Oil on Linen, 39x68
Reed Clarke (Portland and Gearhart, OR), First Place Award and Purchase Award Winner
Apparition Number Four
Oil on Canvas, 42x42
Carrie Alter (Chapel Hill, NC), Second Place Award Winner
Oil on Canvas, 48x30
Linda Andrei (Ithaca, NY), Third Place Award
Ode to Man
Oil on Linen, 40x50
Chris Sheridan (Seattle, WA, USA), Purchase Award
Venus Revisited: Examining Beauty 3 (Study)
Oil on Wood Panel, 22x10