This is a reblog of a popular post from my Artdog Observations blog. It was originally published on May 23, 2013.
As I described in last week's post, a good critique can be valuable and energizing thing for an artist.
|Here's my presentation at the InterUrban ArtHouse's ArtMatters Critique Night. My audience includes, L-R: fellow artists Lori Sohl, Dora Agbas, Adam Finkelston, and Nicole Emanuel. Nicole founded the InterUrban ArtHouse.|
|Elizabeth Berkshire's paintings are inspired by metal surfaces and rust textures. Her viewers, L-R, are sculptor Deron Dixon, JCCC's Larry Thomas, Lori, Dora, me, and Adam, as above.|
This Critique Night was held at a quaint, small-group gathering place called the Vintage House, and artists went through a process of submitting samples of work and applying to be invited.
|L-R: That's me (red sweater) lurking in the background, listening to Larry Thomas discussing Deron Dixon's sculpture.|
|Kelly Seward comments on Linda Jurkiewicz's artistic quilts. Also visible L-R: Deron, Jerry Stogsdill, Larry, Alex Hamil, me, the quilter herself, and (far R) Nicole.|
|Alex Hamil answers a question about his work, while (L-R) Lori, Dora, and I look on. You can see some of Dora's work in the background at left and some of Elizabeth's in the background at right.|
Ten of us were included in the first Critique Night, while two designated experts, Larry Thomas, chair of the Johnson County Community College Fine Arts Department, and Kelly Seward, Director of Business Programs for ArtsKC, took the lead in each discussion. InterUrban ArtHouse founder Nicole Emanuel was originally planning to offer comments as well, but a scheduling difficulty kept her away until the latter part of the event.
I recognized the work of Alex and Linda, as having also been displayed at the Arti Gras show, which I blogged about in February.
the InterUrban ArtHouse has grown and expanded its mission since this article was originally written. Read more about its current scope on its website.
Jerry Stogstill has taken a detour from his fascinating photography since I wrote this post in 2013. He is now a candidate to become the Kansas Representative of District 7, in an effort to change the current suicidal course of the Kansas Legislature. I love his art, but I also support his platform.