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‘Scapes Opens October 8 at Falls Church Arts with a Meet the Juror and Artists Event

By: Falls Church Arts

September 30, 2022

Fifty-one artists will be featured in the ‘Scapes exhibit at the Falls Church Arts gallery from October 8 through November 12. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 8, at 7:30 pm. Artists will be on hand to share their processes and inspirations. Juror and internationally renowned landscape artist Bryan Jernigan will speak about the jurying process. This event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit theme, “landscapes, memoryscapes, seascapes, dreamscapes,” challenged artists to contemplate the “‘scapes” that inhabit their world–inner or outer, real or imagined, representational or abstract, macro- or microscopic–in this all-media show.

The Falls Church Arts gallery is located at 700-B West Broad St. (Route 7), Falls Church. It is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Masks are optional and guests are asked to postpone their visit if they are not well.

Artworks can also be viewed online at www.fallschurcharts.org. All pieces can be purchased at the gallery or on the website.

A $150 Juror’s Choice Award and a $50 People’s Choice Award were made possible by a donation from DuBro Architects + Builders, 429 S. Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046. Jernigan will announce the Juror’s Choice Award at the opening. The People’s Choice Award will be announced on October 30, based on votes from visitors to the gallery.

Jernigan spoke generally about the exhibit theme, saying ‘Scapes departs “from the traditional ‘landscapes’ show, featuring the broad use of media–from sculpture to photography to paintings, fiber, collage and mixed media in this show, and the attention to the formal principles of art–whether that’s composition, value, use of line or repetition, mastery of color, highlights, shadows and more.”

He also talked about the challenges in selecting artworks for ‘Scapes. “I had to narrow the 197 submissions to just around 50. Eliminating nearly 75% of the work for any show would be incredibly difficult, but when the artwork is across-the-board stellar, it made my job that much harder. So, what viewers will see will be truly the cream of the crop!

“I am so proud of the artists’ community in northern Virginia. In reviewing all the submissions, it is evident it is rich with promise and growing every day. The ‘Scapes show is singularly a validation of the fact that art is alive and well in our community.”
Jernigan is a painter and teacher whose work has won numerous awards. He routinely participates in juried and non-juried art shows and events, and his work is held by patrons both nationally and internationally.

The following artists have works in ‘Scapes:

John Allen, John Ballou, Sara Bardin, Ruth Becker, Diana Bozza, Donna Byrne, Julie Clark, Jodi Condes, Rita Corwin, Amanda Dempsey, JK Dimond, Vicky Dorn-Fontana, Bethany Douglas, Roberta Drabyk, Erin Endean, Samantha Lane Fiddy, Caitlin Garvey, GM Guernica, Xavier Hardison, Sara Harland, Stuart Hindle, Daniel Horowitz, Nancy Jakubowski, Kiefer Johnson, Roxanne Kaylor, Elissa Krieg, Leslie Landerkin, Gerda Lane, Sharon Malley, Russ Mardon, Carolyn Marshall Wright, Molly McCracken, Jane McElvany Coonce, Suzanne McIntire, Anne Meagher-Cook, Aynex Mercado, David Merrell, Cynthia Miller, Marilyn Miyamoto, Nan Morrison, Sandi Parker, Alejandra Pineiro, Helen Power, William Rollins, Joan Slottow, Margaret Stewart, Terry Svat, Suzanne Updike, John Valenti, Rebecca Visger, and Craig Wright.

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