Show goes on at Rawls

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2007


COURTLAND—Gallery goers took in the sights of two exhibits at Rawls Museum Arts on Linden Street during an opening reception for the event that runs through July 15.

The 2007 National Juried Exhibition held in the Main Gallery featured 18 of the approximately 82 entries from all over the country. Lia Gangitano of New York was the juror.

By winning first place, Tracy Featherstone of Hamilton, Ohio, gets the opportunity to have a solo show next year. She won for her animation and digital video, &uot;Twining Into A Shelter.&uot;

In the Francis Gallery, last year’s juried exhibition winner, Stephen Brookbank of Toronto, displayed his photography in a show titled, &uot;In Between,&uot; featuring photos taken in locales ranging from North Carolina to Iceland.

&uot;We were pleased to see some new faces at Rawls Museum Arts,&uot; RMA Executive Director Leigh Anne Chambers said.

&uot;This year the juried show is breaking new ground with the inclusion of video installations — and that is exciting for us.

&uot;The show represents a variety of media and includes artists from all over the country. It was a treat to be able to award many of the prizes to Hampton Roads artists who have previously participated in shows here.&uot;

Chambers said Brookbank’s works complemented the juried show.

&uot;He has been ambitiously pursuing his passion for photography in New York City and throughout Canada,&uot; she said. &uot;His recent body of work is thoughtful and many pieces intimate a mysterious narrative.&uot;

Other winners at the show were Peter Eudenbach of Norfolk for second place, and Peter Geiger of Portsmouth for third place. The Robert Riddick Memorial Award went to John Roth of Norfolk, while the Doris Conover Memorial Award went to James O. Phelps of Lexington.

Three honorable mentions were also awarded to Nancy Kinzinger of Portsmouth, Lawrie Brown of Aptos, Calif., and Brenda Wright of Portsmouth.

There is another juried exhibition on Sept. 7 titled, &uot;All The Animals,&uot; to give artists &uot;another opportunity to exhibit art,&uot; Chambers said.

For more information, contact the museum at 653-0754.