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Geometric by Design
Exhibition Dates: March 17 - April 20, 2017
When studying the elements of art, you learn of line, shape, form, color, texture and space. Shapes tend to be either geometric or organic in nature. Geometric shapes refer to those that are more orderly and rely on fundamental designs such as circles,  squares, rectangles, triangles, lines, etc. In this exhibit, we asked artists explore these shapes through their work.
Juror: Melissa Whitwam
The Juried Artists


Coleen Breen
Sharon Bauer
Maggie Bauman
Ross Clark
Patrick Clark
Janet Deien
Carla Duncan
Steve Femmer
Julie Ferguson
Marcia Gay
Rich Gordon
Jan Hager-Klein
David Hasty
Lois Holthaus
Rebecca Klostermann
John Kuntze
Talia Long
Mary Pennington
Christy Schneller
Christopher Seep
Kathy Stotler
Lisa Truttmann
Tammy Williams

First Place
by Stephen J. Davis
Acrylic Painting

Second Place
"White Island"
by Marcia Gay

Third Place
by Rich Gordon

Honorable Mention
"Spatial Logic"
by Ginger Repke
Digital Art

Honorable Mention
"Paradox Glow"
by Lois Holthaus
Micron Pen on Watercolor Paper

Honorable Mention
"Vintage Railway"
by Julie Ferguson

Honorable Mention
"Paper Collage #15"
by Steve Femmer Acrylic

Honorable Mention
AND People's Choice Award (Tie)
by Holly Ross

People's Choice Award (Tie)
by Lisa Truttmann

People's Choice Award (Tie)
"Fancy Rooster"
by Rebecca Klostermann
Inktense on Cloth

Juror's Statement:

     I would like to first thank Framations Art Gallery for inviting me to jury Geometric by Design. It is a privilege to view the artwork of so many talented local artists, and not one I take lightly. As an artist, I understand the risk inherent to offering your work to a juried opportunity, and I, too, have as many rejection letters as acceptance letters. Please remember that if you were one of the artists whose work was not accepted into this particular exhibition; I am only one voice. I am honored to view your work and thank every artist involved in this process!
     In selecting the work for this exhibition, my overarching decisions were made by considering the unity of the theme and creating a cohesive exhibition. It is delightful to see the many different interpretations and I wanted to include as many varying perspectives as possible. Many artists chose to highlight the structural precision of geometric forms, while others blended the foundational elements of straight lines and shapes with the organic. I found great joy in seeing immediately the architectural, geometric form, only to look closer and notice the unpredictable natural shapes working their way into and supporting that structure. In some cases, the composition itself was the strongest comment on the theme. It is my hope that viewers of this exhibition also approach the pieces with curiosity and receptivity, and find the beauty in both the structure and the chaos of these works of art.   Again, many thanks for the opportunity.   ~ Melissa Whitwam
About the Juror:  
Melissa Whitwam received a B.A. in Literature and a B.F.A. in Fiber Arts from Truman State University (Kirksville, MO) in 2003 and earned an M.F.A. from Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) in 2007.  She currently lives and works in St. Charles, MO.  As an artist, she shows work throughout the country.  In addition to actively making and showing her work, she is a member of many local Art organizations, including Missouri Fiber Artists, Surface Design Association, Women’s Caucus for the Arts - St. Louis, and a supporting member of Craft Alliance and Laumeier Sculpture Park. Melissa’s proudest accomplishment is being able to combine her love of the arts with her career. Serving as the Foundry Art Centre’s Executive Director, she is able to serve the community through the arts and in turn, create a space in the community that can be a resource for artists and for those more interested in the current art community. 

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