Monochrome: A Juried Fine Art Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: July 6 - August 9, 2012

     In this art exhibition, artists focused their work following the theme “Monochrome”, including work that is primarily monochromatic,  visually including shades of one color. Artists were encouraged to explore the theme in a way that suited their vision and their medium. 

The Juried Artists

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Kim Carr
David Coleman
Kathy Czopek
Jessica Dreyer
Ryan Duffy
Carla Duncan
Ken Farris
Steve Femmer
Christine Fischer
Susan Garrett
Marcia Gay
Kathy Gomric
Carol Mariott 
Christy Martin
Shirley Nachtrieb
Joel Ray
Judith Repke
Marilyn L. Robinson
Jim Trotter
Joyce Trotter
Michelle Turner
Lee Walter
Melissa Whitwam
Debbie Wilger
Linda Wilmes
 
First Place: "Black Bear, Black Witch" by Steve Femmer. Graphite.
First Place
Steve Femmer
"Black Bear, Black Witch"
 
Second Place: "Glacier Ice" by Marcia Gay. Photography.
Second Place:
Marcia Gay
"Glacier Ice"
Third Place: "Sky" by artist Melissa Whitwam. Pima Cotton, Indigo Dyes. 
Third Place
Melissa Whitwam
"Sky"
"Frosty" Photography by Kim Carr. People's Choice Award. 
People's Choice Award
Kim Carr
"Frosty"
Honorable Mention: "Frosty" by Kim Carr. Photography
Honorable Mention
Kim Carr
"Frosty"
Honorable Mention: "Representing Red" by Linda Wilmes. Watercolor.
Honorable Mention
Linda Wilmes
"Representing Red"
Honorable Mention: "Close-Up" by Steve Femmer. Grey Colored Pencil 
Honorable Mention
Steve Femmer
"Close-Up" 
Honorable Mention: "Storm Rising" by Jessica Dreyer. Acrylic.  
Honorable Mention
Jessica Dreyer
"Storm Rising"
Read the review of this exhibit by M.T. Erickson, St Louis Art Examiner.
Juror's Statement:
     I am honored to have juried Monochrome.  I congratulate all of the artists who submitted to this exhibit.  Please know that ultimately you are your own judge and juror of your artwork.  Your perspective is important and I ask that all of the artists that submitted continue extending your creative ideas and visual language to the public.  I thank the staff at Framations for their kind hospitality and their continued work to offer exhibits that allow local artists a venue to express themselves through their art. 

     Over 80 works of art in a variety of media, demonstrating different techniques, concepts and subject matter, all while focusing primarily on the idea of monochromatic work were offered up for this exhibition and 33 were selected.  Monochromatic requires the artist to take one color and play with the value – darken and lighten the color to create artwork the viewer can enjoy.  This is not an easy task.  Those selected for this exhibition seemed to not only illustrate an extraordinary understanding of this technique, but pushed the boundaries of what it means to be monochrome.

     I congratulate the award winners:  To first place – the technical skill and the hidden nuances found throughout this mid-tone drawing made for a curious and outstanding artwork.  To second place – the insightfulness in finding grayscale in our naturally colored world was highly imaginative.  To third place – your beautiful hand-dyed textile kept me looking throughout the work for the little intricacies of stitches and dyes.  And to the honorable mentions – you played so beautifully with this monochromatic concept and I applaud your ideas and technical skills. 

    Mark Rothko said “silence is so accurate.”  I am impressed with how dramatic and accurate this selection of artists’ work is in the “silence” of one or two colors.  Great job to everyone!  ~ Juror Nicole Dutton 

About the Juror: 
     Nicole Dutton began her MA in painting at Fontbonne University in 2003 while working at Parents as Teachers as a Parent Educator and at Jefferson College as an adjunct art instructor. She completed her MFA at Fontbonne University in 2007 and then began working at Chesterfield Arts - first as Director of Education and Outreach and later as Associate Director. As Associate Director she curated the Gallery at Chesterfield Arts as well as an offsite exhibit at the St. Louis County Library, Sachs Branch. She also worked as the public art manager, overseeing CA’s public art collection and managing community public art projects. She worked with the City of Chesterfield heading the public art committee and worked to implement Chesterfield’s Public Art Master Plan. In July, 2012 Nicole took a new position as Curator for the Schmidt Art Center in Belleville, IL.  Learn more about juror Nicole Dutton on her website.

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