Thirty-six local, visual artists welcomed constructive criticism of their works as they participated in the eighth annual Focus Art juried show over the weekend.
Their judge and jury, was internationally acclaimed artist, Bernard Poulin, from Ottawa, who offered of his talent, knowledge and experience to help artists of all medias see their work in a different light.
“It gives you an idea of what to work towards in the future to help us improved,” said Tracy-Lynn Davies, Focus Art treasurer and participating artist.
Following a public adjudication, Poulin then decided which of those artists would be chosen for the exhibit, ongoing until November 7, at the Cornwall Public Library.
“What’s different about this juried show compared to most, is that it’s an open judging,” said Adele Constantineau, artist and Focus Art member, who explained that unlike most juried shows where adjudication is done in private, in this case, the artists, in fact, the public in general were all privy to the thoughts and assessments of the judge, in this case Poulin.
“The artist is not able to give any feedback (during the adjudication) but is able to listen,” said Constantineau. “With the judging being open we can be here, listening. This is an awesome opportunity for an artist to (receive) a critique from a well-known artist.”
Comments by the judge can include everything from composition to colours, depth and focal point, she explained. “Most artists take it very well. We welcome a critique, if you have faith in the judge and you’re paying to put your art in the show.”
The annual event is open to all regionals artists. You don’t have to be a member to participate said Elaine Arkwright, member of the executive and participating artist.
“I found it very informative. Sometimes you put (the comments) in the back of your mind and next time you paint it’s in your subconscious,” said Arkwright. “It’s always a learning process.”
Opinion and taste is in the eye of the beholder, she explained, “but you also want to please everybody and want to attract more attention to your picture. It’s a great opportunity.”
Among the prizes offered, the first place winner will receive $500 from Gilden Finance. For further information about the exhibit or Focus Art, visit www.focusartonline.org.