By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – The next Van Gogh or Monet may have been at Focus Art's ninth annual juried art show.
The all-media format put over 100 submissions, submitted by 39 participants, under the watchful eyes of two judges.
Gerry Swift, coordinator for the art program at The Abbey for the Arts in North Lancaster and Erica Taylor, an illustrator, painter and designer from Williamstown, critiqued each piece in front of the artists and an audience. Out of all the submissions, 75 will be kept for an art show taking place at the Cornwall Public Library.
"It's nice to see such a healthy art scene in Cornwall," said Taylor.
Several categories including oil painting, acrylic painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, pen and ink and charcoal supplied the judges with a wide range of local talent.
Swift commented on the importance of an organization such as Focus Art.
"Focus Art being around this long is a real achievement," he said. "Cornwall's art scene is on par with Ottawa and Brockville, in terms of taste and ability. It's very dedicated and harmonious."
Focus Art president Rose Desnoyers said the open forum juried show gives artists a valuable chance to see how jurors make their selections.
"Our judges are kind enough to explain what they feel about each piece of art," said Desnoyers. "It's a difficult choice. The judges have to tell some of the artists that their work won't make the show."
10-year-old Hannah Lord submitted a chalk pastel piece entitled 'The Northern Lights.' In a world run by grown-ups, the budding artist finds freedom in the endless possibilities of a blank canvas.
"What I love about art is you can choose what you want to do," said Lord.
To see what pieces made it in the show, visit the Cornwall Public Library on Thurs., Oct. 10, at 7:00 p.m.