July 4, 5, 6, 7, 2019

Westmoreland Art Nationals

Westmoreland Art Nationals Juried Fine Art & Photography Exhibit

Now Accepting Entries for
2019 Westmoreland Art Nationals

2019 WAN Entry Form & Rules

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Every year, the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival holds the Westmoreland Art Nationals, a juried fine art and photography competition, featuring art from all around the country. Artists are permitted to enter as many pieces as they’d like to be considered in both of our exhibits.

The first exhibit will be held at the Westmoreland County Community College from Saturday, May 18 through Wednesday, June 5. The Opening Reception will take place Saturday, May 19 from 6-8pm. The second exhibit will be held Thursday, July 4 through Sunday, July 7 onsite at the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival with the Opening Reception set for Saturday, June 29 from 6-8pm. Both shows are free and open to the public to attend.

A total of $4,400 in prize money will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best of Show
  • Painting
  • Graphics
  • Craft
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Mixed Media
  • New Entrant
  • People’s Choice

Winners are selected for each exhibit and are not announced until the night of the Opening Receptions. Both shows provide excellent exposure and serve as wonderful networking opportunities to meet other distinguished artists.

Meet Our 2019 Jurors!

Janice Mason Steeves – Rockwood, Ontario

Born in Saskatchewan, Janice Mason Steeves graduated with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manitoba. She held school psychology positions before leaving the field to focus on painting. Further studies were completed at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Janice is represented by galleries in Canada and the U.S. and has work in public, corporate, and private collections in North America and internationally. She has been awarded artist residencies in Spain, Ireland, Sweden and Iceland.

The landscape is Janice’s starting point. Places like Lapland in Sweden, northern Iceland and the Isle of Lewis in Scotland with their stark landscapes, the clarity of their air and the quality of their light inspire a minimal, reductive quality in her paintings. Process and materials are important to her. Structured and methodical approaches combined with intuitive reactions allow her to take risks, to combine control with spontaneity.

She is working on two concurrent series of paintings, each of which are painted with a mixture of cold wax and oils. One series consists of small gestural interpretations of the landscape on paper, some of which are accompanied by colour field paintings that reflect the atmosphere of place. The other series, comprised of small works on panel, are attached together to form grids. The paint is applied in extremely thin translucent layers that overlap each other creating luminous colour fields that reflect the energy and emotion of her response to nature.

As an established artist of 35 years, Janice has been sharing her knowledge both in her Art Mentoring program and in the painting workshops that she teaches in Canada, the US, and Europe. She has also become interested in inspiring artists to create a whole new response to the environmental crisis that goes beyond facts, pessimism, arguments, and blame, and instead offers up what nature means to our spirits; the love of it. With this in mind, Janice has developed an art teaching initiative called Workshops in Wild Places. In these unique, innovative workshops, students travel to remote locations throughout the world to experience the beauty, energy and power of the wild landscape, to deeply and joyfully connect with it, and then–– through a facilitated contemplative and creative process–– translate that response into abstract paintings.

www.janicemasonsteeves.com
www.workshopsinwildplaces.com

June Linowitz – Bethesda, Maryland

June Linowitz is an artist, past gallery director, curator,  business person and an active member of the art community.

June Linowitz has been working as a professional artist for almost 40 years. She has received numerous corporate commissions and has shown her work widely.  From 1990 – 1996 she was the director of Studio Gallery in Washington DC.  In 1996 she founded ArtSeen, Inc. an art consulting business specializing in selling and leasing original artwork to corporations.  In 2014 she closed ArtSeen to return to her studio fulltime.

Linowitz has served on numerous boards including the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery Country.  She is current board president of Arts on the Block, a local non-profit that empowers creative youth to imagine and shape creative futures.  In 2015 June Linowitz was an honored to be included in The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center’s  Images and Expressions – Maryland Women in the Arts.

www.junelinowitz.com

(image credit: Chris Barclay Photography)

 

 

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