Exhibition brings variety to gallery

By ALLEN LAMAN
alaman@dcherald.com

JASPER — Watercolor. Oil. Acrylic.

Prints, photography, collage, sculpture and graphite.

Emily Peak loves the wide range of creations. That’s why, every year, the city’s annual juried art exhibition that takes shape inside the Jasper Arts Center is her favorite show of them all.

“It’s absolutely my favorite show of the entire year, each year, because of the variety,” said Peak, who is the visual arts coordinator at the Jasper Arts Department. “And just because you don’t know what you’re going to see. And every corner is different.”

Jasper Community Arts announced details regarding the 27th iteration of the exhibition on Monday. The show is set up in the Krempp Gallery at the local arts center and will run through Sunday, Sept. 27.

The exhibit includes a mixture of media and techniques and consists of both two- and three-dimensional work. Only artists from Indiana, its contiguous states or former residents could apply.

An opening reception will not be held due to the ongoing pandemic. Jasper Community Arts will, however, post a prerecorded discussion and awards with the juror via the Jasper Community Arts Facebook page today at 5 p.m.

Peak explained that this marks the first time during her time working at the arts center that a juror has spoken about the works entered in an exhibition.

“I’ve never had someone say why they picked this, why they didn’t pick this piece,” Peak said.

In all, $2,000 in prize monies will be awarded in the categories of best of show, award of excellence, high honor award and five honorable mentions.

The juror is Andy Jendrzejewski, who is the co-founder of Art Space Vincennes LLC, and is a sculptor living and working in Vincennes. His work ranges over many media.

Over the years, he has welded and cast metals, created clay figurative sculptures, constructed found object assemblages and created temporary monumental environmental pieces in public places.

Jendrzejewski has worked with figurative, abstract and non-objective imagery. Unlike many sculptors, he is a generalist in that he not only works with many sculptural media types and styles, but also with photography, painting, drawing and collage.

Artists selected by the juror for the exhibit are listed below.

Indiana

Abby Laux of Celestine; Alexandra Giannell of Bloomington; Beth DeSchamp of Jasper; Bill Whorrall of Shoals; Bob Zasadny of Oakland City; Cecily Jo Meyer of Huntingburg; Clarissa Pezone of Bloomington; Curtis Uebelhor of Ferdinand; Ivy Brenneman of Bloomington; James Viewegh of Martinsville; John Puffer of Vincennes; Kazhia Kolb of Saint Meinrad; Keith Hampton of English; Mark Kebasso of Columbus; Michael McAuley of Indianapolis; Rob Millard-Mendez of Evansville; Sara Steffey McQueen of Bloomington; Tiffany Hokanson of Bloomington; Wenyan Xu of Bloomington; Wyatt LeGrand of Bloomfield; Yichen Hu of Indianapolis.

Ohio

Debrah Butler of Kent and Lawrence Baker of Cleveland Heights.

Kentucky

Brent Oglesbee of Bowling Green; Dennis Mader of Louisville; Elizabeth Clare Taylor of Bardstown; Gweneth Dunleavy of Louisville; Holly Oglesbee of Bowling Green; Lexie Millikan of Marion; Suzanne Spencer of Louisville.

Illinois

Todd Snyder of East Peoria.

The Krempp Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. It is also open by appointment by calling 482-3070.

The space is managed by Jasper Community Arts, a department of the City of Jasper. JCA is supported by Friends of the Arts Inc., Indiana Arts Commission, Community Foundation Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.




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