On Friday, October 30, we had a wonderful time hosting an opening reception for the EAFA 2015 Juried Members Show. With the gallery full of artists and art patrons, the room was abuzz with talent and engaging conversation. We enjoyed listening to debates about favorite works on display, technical criticisms, as well as catching up with artists from all around the Puget Sound area.
The highlight of the evening was the awards ceremony, presented by EAFA President, Joan Wittler, and Juror, Joan Frey. Frey graciously explained each of her selections to the audience and congratulated the artists personally. Frey opened the ceremony by stating, "You are all master painters. You know you are. It's amazing, the level of paintings in this show and with EAFA." She emphasized EAFA's mission, referencing newcomer and Golden Sponsor Award winner, Betty Franks-Krause, when she said, "It's wonderful ... that you're a new painter - that's what EAFA's all about. We have a lot of master painters here but it's wonderful to promote the newer painters too."
The show will be on display in the TSUGA Fine Art gallery on Main St. through November 27, 2015.
1st Place - Lynda Lindner, "Drying Off"
2nd Place - Ellen Grove, "Model Reclining on Red"
3rd Place - Molly Murrah, "Buchart Art"
Artist and Craftsman Supply Award - Vicki Perry, "Ready to Launch"
Cheap Joe's Award - Lyla Jacobsen, "Waiting"
ADG Printing Sponsor Award - Jannelle Loewen, "Three Hats in Oma's Garden"
Tsuga Fine Arts & Framing Sponsor Award - Aaron Brethorst, "EMP/Space Needle"
GAGE Sponsor Award - Deborah Roskopf, "Plenty To Think About"
HK Holbein Sponsor Award - Melissa Jander, "All In a Day's Work"
Gamblin Sponsor Award - Suzanne Powers, "Along the Waterfront"
Golden Sponsor Award - Betty Franks-Krause, "Beneath the Surface"