The Anderson Arts Center’s 44th Annual Juried Show opened on April 5 and runs through May 16. From among the 408 pieces of work submitted, 159 were accepted into the juried show and 50 were accepted to Art on the Town, which means they will be displayed in different downtown venues from May 3 through May 24.
Thirteen members of the Anderson Artists Guild were among those selected for the juried show: Jo Anne Anderson, Debbie Bzdyl, Carolyn Gibson (two pieces), Sharon Jacobs, Deane King, Kathy Moore, Wesa Neely, Yolize Monson, Kathy Ogden, Wendy Rogers, Diann Simms, Sue West, and Barbara Yon. Eight members had pieces accepted for Art on the Town: Alice Burnette, Jane Friedman, Jamie Hansen, Mary McAlister, Wesa Neely, Wendy Rogers, Diann Simms, and Diana Walter.
Members winning $100 Merit Awards were Debbie Bzdyl and Wendy Rogers, with Carolyn Gibson winning a $100 Photography Merit Award.
Purchase awards of $500 went to Debbie Bzdyl, Deane King, and Barbara Yon, with two purchase awards for Barbara Mickelson Ervin.
Kathy Moore won third place—the $500 Russell Warren Award—for her assemblage She Had Holes in Her Memory. Here’s what Moore had to say about her award-winning piece:
"This piece is a story about a dear friend of mine that died a couple of years ago. Her name was Patricia Price—we called her Pat. She taught Latin at T.L. Hanna High School for over 30 years. She was truly loved by her students and the faculty.
"She struggled in her last few years with health problems. Along with the physical health issues, she was diagnosed with dementia. Since she had no family, her friends took care of her. I had never experienced dementia with anyone I was close to. Some days she would talk about her parents as if she had just spent the day with them—there would be such joy in her voice. A few days later she would be sobbing realizing that her parents had passed away years ago. As the dementia progressed her memory deteriorated. Pat died in 2017. As we were organizing her estate, I came across buckets of her old photos. I found that I had an emotional attachment to the photos and knew that I wanted to tell a story. She Had Holes in Her Memory proved to be the story that I needed to tell.
"I used the photos and old canvas/muslin strips as symbols of her memories. The placement and manipulation of the photos and fabric strips was an intuitive process."