3rd Annual Juried Arts Salon a resounding success!

May 6, 2004

Kingston Arts Council's 3rd Annual Juried Arts Salon a resounding success!

This year, 106 member-artists entered in the 3rd Annual Arts Salon, an increase of over 30% compared to the first Annual Juried Arts Salon in 2002.
Even though the majority of entrants are KAC members from Kingston and its immediate surroundings, we also had member-artists from Smith Falls, Perth, Ottawa and Pointe Claire Quebec competing.

The Arts Salon is judged in two categories Established and Emerging Artists. The artists themselves decide which category they wish to be judged in.
Out of the 106 entries, 42 (40%) considered themselves Established Artists and 64 (60%) considered themselves Emerging Artists.

A total of 198 pieces of artwork, paintings in all medium, photography, sculpture, ceramic and fabric art, were placed before the adjudicators.
The adjudicators this year were Kingstonians, Gayle Johnstone, Co-Director of the Edward Day Gallery in Toronto and Ben Darrah, Artist, Art Instructor, Art Writer.

The adjudicators selected a total of 84 pieces to form the 2004 Arts Salon, 34 pieces (40%) from the Established Artists category and 50 pieces (60%) from the Emerging Artists category.

Adjudicators statements:
Gayle Johnstone:
On May 5th, the 3rd Annual Arts Salon jurying took almost twice the time traditionally allotted for the process. This is telling! It speaks of difficult choices given the outstanding quality of the submissions, the stimulating variety of genres, interpretations and media as well as the unprecedented support for this important event. You have every reason to be proud of your vibrant community and the Kingston Arts Council who serves you so well.

Ben Darrah:
Given the overwhelming volume of high quality submissions it was an arduous task narrowing the field down to this bursting at the seams exhibition. We concentrated on attempting to represent a cross section of styles and techniques, while also selecting the highest calibre works. I feel this is a very strong exhibition - Kingstonians should be proud to live in a community so rich in dedicated and accomplished artistic talent.

The adjudicators will make comments and awards will be announced during the Opening Reception.

The Opening Reception, which is open to the public, will take place in the Wilson Room on the second floor of the Central Library, 130 Johnson Street, Tuesday May 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

The 3rd Annual Juried Arts Salon is open to the public from May 7th until May 27th, 2004.
The Library is open Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 9 PM, Friday & Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Sunday.