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2013 Members’ Exhibition: “Sparkle”

Exhibition Co-chairs Deanna Jokinen and Marie PanlenerCo-chairs Marie Panlener and Deanna Jokinen
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This year we saw a lot of change. First of all the name of the fall show changed to Members’ Exhibition. The venue changed to the Northrup King Building in northeast Minneapolis, a creative center for over 200 artists, including some of our own members

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. And – best of all – it occurred during Art Attack where more than 1000 people viewed the 88 paintings in the show during the 3 day event!

The opening reception and awards ceremony took place on Wednesday evening, October 30. Members and their families gathered to see the exhibition, and to hear Juror Jill Van Sickle present awards to the winners.


Juror Jill Van Sickle2013 Juror’s Comments

Juror Jill Van Sickle began her presentation with the comment, “It was much harder than expected. I based my decisions on a balance between technical merit and creativity, but it was like comparing apples and oranges because of the range of approaches in this show.”

Honorable Mention

“Nature Life” by Leonilda Edith Estrin“Nature Life” by Leonilda Edith Estrin
This is all about color. She has confidence in color and not scared by it. She uses color in a significantly different way.


“Dappled Palm Fronds” by Patty Healy“Dappled Palm Fronds” by Patty Healy
This is a technically beautiful painting, emotional and happy. The technique takes patience.

“Baby it’s Cold Outside” by Jeannie Ferdinand“Baby it’s Cold Outside” by Jeannie Ferdinand
The painting is interesting because of the neutrals and monotones. Moody. The viewpoint is interesting – from close up and far away.

“Workers” by Richard Graves“Workers” by Richard Graves
Besides showing technical skill, this painting is interesting because of the subject matter, two workers and a manhole!

"Mei Mei" by Heidi Nelson

“Mei Mei” by Heidi Nelson

Marie Hammond(1)“Golden Season” by Marie Hammond




Awards of Merit

“Glassy Waters” by Calvin deRuyter“Glassy Waters” by Calvin deRuyter
A stunning landscape. There is a clear sense of calm with the slight texture of gold.

“Auspicious Journey in Time” by Lana Grow“Auspicious Journey in Time” by Lana Grow
This type of abstract is hard to do well. It has a masterful sense of color and held my interest.

“Autumn Light” by David Smith“Autumn Light” by David Smith
Technically, this is unbelievably well done. Great perspective and lighting.




“Study” by Linda Stout“Study” by Linda Stout
The technical skill in the handling of the fabric is wonderful. You have to look close. It also has emotional appeal.

Awards of Excellence


“Central Park Taxi” by Rebecca Cardinal2nd Place

“Central Park Taxi” by Rebecca Cardinal
This painting is not just photo realism. If you take a close look you see the technical skill and creativity. Great line quality.


“Sailing Through Life” by Karen Knutson2nd Place

“Sailing Through Life” by Karen Knutson
In this painting, creativity is weighted heavily. A great deal of thought went into it.


Best of Show

“Stone Series II” by Jan Vaughan“Stone Series II” by Jan Vaughan
This best of show represents the best of technical skill and creativity. It is both abstract and realistic. 50/50.


















Exhibition Photographs

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