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This is the 4th annual Members’ Juried Art Exhibit to be held at the Frederic Remington Art Museum. Some long-time members of the museum participate each year, as do new members. According to museum curator Laura Foster, many of the participants are from the local community. “I enjoy seeing the old friends year after year and meeting new artists that have never ventured to participate in our exhibits,” said Foster.
This exhibit is a unique opportunity presented by the museum in that it is a reward to member artists. According to Foster, each artist is invited to submit up to three images in digital form of their three-dimensional art since the jurying is done on a computer. They are guaranteed that at least one of those images will be in the show, which means that this is a less competitive show than is typical.
“This is the only one that we offer where there are actual prizes. We offer first, second and third place cash prizes,” added Foster. Also, at the end of the show in September, there will be a public’s choice award offered. Anyone can vote once for their favorite piece of art online or at the museum gift shop.
This year’s exhibit features 42 pieces of art in two galleries, and is equal to the size of last year’s and is the maximum. “It’s great to be wonderfully inclusive but for me, the more space you give something, the more important you make it and the easier it is to take it in so it’s a bit of struggle,” said Foster.
Foster attempts to give the volunteer juror, which is a new person each year, leeway to make a great show of their own crafting using their own tastes and sensibilities. This year’s juror is Paul N. Pederson, an artist from Hermon, New York. “He has been a favorite exhibiter here in other juried shows,” said Foster.
“This exhibit is more a place where people who truly consider themselves amateurs are comfortable introducing their work into the show. It’s a friendlier set up, but we do have some superstar, accomplished artists in the show,” said Foster. Kasarian Dane, a professor of art at St. Lawrence University, submitted three pieces, as did St. Lawrence’s Anne Sibley.
The exhibit opened on May 12, and runs through the entire summer to September 16. “This is the best time for artists to participate in a show to get maximum visibility at our museum, because we get most of our foot traffic through the beautiful, warm weather,” said Foster.