Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Surprising Prize

acrylic, Wood Icing, collage and china marker on wood panel
The Foundry Art Centre, an arts organization in St. Charles, MO recently sent out a call for mixed media for their "In the Mix" show. I entered and was thrilled when all 3 of my works were selected. So imagine my reaction when I heard my name called at the awards ceremony!? [insert sidebar here - actually I wanted to jump and scream, but I played it cool - had to walk up on a stage and I was happy I had worn my new cowboy boots]

A very cool award - the Grand prize (which I did not get) was a Solo show in one of the Foundry's stunning galleries. The other prize was a 4-person show and that is the one I got. I wish I had kept better track of the peeps who won along with me so I could link them up. Duh. I didn't know any of them cause it was a national show. I certainly admired their work. At any rate, here are two of my pieces.


acrylic, Wood Icing, collage, vintage fabric, china marker on wood panel
All my pieces included parts of an electronics manual in addition to other vintage elements that are symbolic to me - I think if you click to enlarge you can see them a little bit better. The pieces are about communication and how it has all become so complicated, I was hearkening back to a simpler time as I explored the work.


Simultaneous to "In the Mix" is a solo show by Matthew Davey - oil paintings, drawings and sculpture, all absolutely bigger than life - literally and figuratively. Amazing realistic and evocative work with such heart. Both shows run until March if you have a chance to get over there.

18 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Nice work!

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  2. Congratulations on your fantastic accomplishment!

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  3. wonderful winners! I'm happy for you! that must be a terrific sensation. keep up the good stuff! lyle

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  4. Congratulations on your win! And all the best in the 4 person showing to come! These are just beautiful pieces and to hear the story they weave, very special. Can't wait for the release date on your book!

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  5. These are gorgeous Mary Beth - congratulations!!

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  6. Congrats!! MArvelous pieces!!

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  7. This is so gorgeous! It has a place of honor on my desktop today.

    Congrats to you!

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  8. Woo Hoo! These are gorgeous, no wonder you won. You go, girl!
    Cindy

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  9. Congratulations! The pieces are just beautiful. xoxoxoxo

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  10. wow wow wow.....

    and to think that i know you....like know you face to face and laugh to laugh know you....

    like eat lunch and dinner with you know you....

    again......wooooooow ! congrats !!

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  11. Congratulations! And way to go on playing it cool, LOL! :)

    -Joy

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  12. Congratulations!!! Let us know when you're having the 4-person show and start thinking about that (amidst all the other things that bounce around in your head all the time!) :) As much as you love those cowboy boots, I think we'd see some mixed media work incorporating them sometime soon?

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  13. Congratulations ~ you so deserve it!!!

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  14. Congratulations!! STUNNING work!
    Love the story about acting so cool, AND IN cowboy boots! We need to see those too!

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  15. Woo woo! That is so exciting I can feel the shivers! What a wonderful confirmation of your art. I am very happy for you.

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  16. Congratulations, Mary Beth! I love-love-love your new work! By the way, I've been keeping my sketchbook journal, have you? (Well, not every day, but I have made several entries.)
    Congratulations!!!!

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  17. Congratulations, Mary Beth! I love-love-love your new work! By the way, I've been keeping my sketchbook journal, have you? (Well, not every day, but I have made several entries.)
    Congratulations!!!!

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  18. By the way, Mary Beth, what sizes are these pieces?

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