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Schack Art Center’s Juried Art Show

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he Schack Art Center’s 2016 Juried Art Show marks the twentieth time the biennial exhibit has graced downtown Everett’s hub for the arts. The Schack hosts various shows by nationally and internationally © Schack Art Center / Sally Anaya known artists throughout the year and works to promote and celebrate the arts in Snohomish County. What makes the Juried Art Show unique is the rare opportunity it affords emerging artists to have their work presented in a professional gallery setting. “There are very few venues in Snohomish County for artists to show their work,” said Schack Art Center’s Gallery Director Carie Collver, “and many of our exhibits are already set, so this is one exhibit that anyone can apply to be a part of.” This year local artists submitted approximately 400 entries in a wide range of media, divided into the two-dimensional (2D) category, which includes paintings, photography, collage, and colored pencil among others, and the three dimensional (3D) category featuring works made of wood, glass, metal, and paper. Three well-known artists from the North Sound served as judges for this year’s show: photographer Jim Arrabito, painter Chris Hopkins, and sculptor Verena Schwippert. Together, they had the difficult job of winnowing the hundreds of entries. “They [were] looking for quality work and a well-rounded exhibit, choosing pieces from all art mediums,” said Collver. In the end, the jurors selected 128 pieces for the show, awarding 28 honorable mentions, as well as first, second, and third prizes in each category, and one grand prize. “Being asked to judge the heartfelt labors of anyone is an uncomfortable task,” said Hopkins of his job as juror. “However, if the quality of the art is at a high level then the discomfort will be off set by the pleasure. For me it was a pleasure.” As challenging as it was to decide which artists to include in the show, Hopkins said the most difficult part of the process was selecting the various place winners. First prize in the 2D category went to fiber artist Terri Shinn’s Meadow Lane (top). Created from cotton, wool, silk, and metallic threads and ribbons, the jewel-like piece, at first glance, appears to be an impasto painting until a second look reveals it to be the skillful knotting, stitching and layering of colorful fabric and thread. In the 3D category, weaver Sally Anaya’s basket took first prize. Titled Dragons and Winds (bottom), the intricately woven work of dyed rattan, cane, and waxed linen with an ash base features a sinuous teal dragon gamboling across a golden-brown background. The jurors awarded top honors and the grand prize to Rick Holst’s 3D Target Rising. Consisting of tiny circles of blue, red, yellow, and green Color-aid paper painstakingly applied to acrylic sheets, Holst’s work is a mesmerizing creation of concentric rings layered with an exacting, kaleidoscopic precision. These pieces, and the many others selected for the Juried Art Show, showcase the variety of mediums and styles used by artists working in and around Snohomish County today. The result is a refreshing and eclectic look at local art, in all of its diversity.  

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