Attendance for the annual Art Critique Luncheon sponsored by the Upper Rogue Artists may have been down for the April 7 event, but the quality of the work is certainly on the rise. During the show, Judge Carl Seyboldt frequently paused to remind artists that “this organization has come a long ways,” since his last judging experience just a few short years ago.
Seyboldt, art instructor at Rogue Community College, told several of the entrants that “I need to be taking lessons from you.” He encouraged several of the entrants to move on to other, larger shows, that their talent might be discovered by a larger audience.
Judging is very subjective, and Seyboldt reminded entrants that they shouldn’t feel discouraged because their work didn’t make the top spot. “Another judge can walk in here and the placing would be entirely different,” he said.
June Shepard of Medford earned best-of-show honors for “Toby,” a young boy with a sand bucket. The oil is so lifelike, that a person must get close to see that it isn’t a photo. Seyboldt remarked about the expert blending of shades to produce realistic flesh tones. He encouraged her to expand her horizons by attending other, larger shows.
Shepard also received the “people’s choice” award from her peers, the first time the artists have given such an award.
Many very familiar names were among the entrants, including Debbie Elder of Shady Cove, whose poster titled “Pears and Wine” has become the poster for the Pear Blossom Festival in Medford.
Other winners among the 46 entrants were: Leonard Peterson, first in Professional oils, followed by Debbie Twa and Linda Evans. Peterson’s “Crowded Reef” was a dramatic life-underwater work, that made people feel as if they were really underwater looking at a variety of creatures living within the reef.
Dorothy Spetter received a first place ribbon for her water color “Fantasy Floral.” Dixie Kinser took both second and third place in the same class.
Spetter also received a first place in landscape oils in the professional division.
Student Rashell Parkinson swept the division with three innovative pieces. Her first place entry, “Fire Flowers” appealed to Seyboldt’s fondness for strong, bold colors.
Cheryl Magellen was the only entry in charcoal/graphite category, but Seyboldt liked the work so much that he awarded her the first place ribbon. He explained that if the work didn’t stand up by itself, he would not award a first place ribbon, even though it was the only entry in the category.
Cathy Spires “Two Lions” created strong emotion with the use of bold colors and therefore received a first place ribbon in the professional pastel division.
Dorothy Dierks of Shady Cove received a first-place for her oil of a spring storm over the Wood House and a second placing for the “Wreck of the Seasurge.”
Attending the event were 48 artists and guests and the total entries numbered 45. As said earlier, the total entries were down from past years, but the quality has steadily risen. Alice Berger, Phyllis Lovett, Bob Faulkner, Leona Haiken and Dorothy Dierks worked hard to set up the show held at the Red Lion in Medford, ably assisted by others from the Upper Rogue Artists.
By Ralph McKechnie
For the Independent