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Local artist honored in open juried show

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PlacerArts has announced the winners of the 30th Jubilee Open Juried Show at The Arts Building Gallery on exhibit through May 31.

Nevada City artist Terry Juhl won Best of Category Oil for her piece, "Rustic Wonder." Juhl has painted in watercolor and acrylics since 1995 and began her study of encaustic medium in 2008.

"Painting with pigment and heated wax results in a surface that is thick and textured and yet soft and smooth. While this is new adventure to me, the process dates back at least to the Fayan mummy portraits of Egypt around 100-133 CE," Juhl said in a news release.

Matt Konar, of Loomis, won Best of Show for his work entitled "Jesus in Blue Jeans," and says, "I want to extend my thanks to the many folks behind the scenes who make the PlacerArts shows and Auburn Art Walks possible, as well as the judges who stepped up to make the very difficult decisions required of this show."

Konar's work is both light and dark in subject, approaching at every turn the whimsical and the mischievous. He uses the canvas as a stage to capture moments of love and heroism, as well as times of human folly. His characters come from real life, from songs, from poems and from stories. The stories take place under a starry sky with the drama of the constellations. Unexpected details are presented through the book on a shelf, the image in a mirror, the wallpaper pattern, an individual leaf and many other visual gestures waiting to be unlocked by the viewer. There is a profound sense of mystery, nuance, symbolism and timelessness in the scenes he depicts.

The only artist to win in two categories is Auburn artist Christiane Raymond, who took second place for her fine pencil illustration "Urban Nest 1," as well as Best of Category Other for her fine pencil illustration entitled "Mobile Home" and says "I hope you enjoy looking at the pieces as much as I enjoyed creating them."

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Third place was taken by Colfax artist Foxey McCleary for her work, "Sodden." McCleary is also participating in the 2013 Colfax Art Walk opening Friday. She is a member of the Placer Artists League and has taught art locally for many years.

Shirley Hazlett, of Sacramento, won Best of Category, Acrylic for her piece entitled "Orca." Shirley says, "This was a great show. I really liked seeing all the work. I'm proud to be in it."

Best of Category, Pastel, was awarded to Auburn artist Reif Erickson for "Along the Path."

Merridee Joan Smith and Deanna Marsh of Auburn collaborated on a mixed media work entitled "Terraces," which took Best of Category, combining the felted fiber art of Ms. Smith with the metal art of Marsh. The piece was inspired by the terraces of La Gomera in the Canary Islands. Michael F. Corlew of Folsom won Best of Category Photography for "Dancing Cranes." Corlew notes that a signed copy of Black and White Magazine's Special Issue #95, Single Image Contest 2013, will accompany the purchased print. Dancing Cranes is featured on page 25.

Best of Category 3D, went to Penryn artist Ann Henderickson-Pantos for her wire sculpture "Time Travel."

Juan Pena of Colfax, with a new gallery in Auburn, won Best of Category Watercolor for "Coffee Trees."

The 30th Jubilee Open Juried Show continues at The Arts Building Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn, through May 31. The public is encouraged to visit, enjoy the exceptional show and cast a vote to select a People's Choice Award.

Jurors of this show are Anthony Maki Gill and Maria Winkler. Cash prizes totaling more than $1,000 accompanied the honors. Many of the entries are available for purchase. For more information, visit http://www.PlacerArts.org or call PlacerArts at 530-885-5670.

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