WILLIAMSBURG, VA - Local art abounds at the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center.
For more than 50 years, the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center's Annual Members' Show has been a center point for showcasing the talent of local artists. This year's show in the WCAC gallery at 219 N. Boundary St. will be no different.
This current show runs from June 28 to August 12 and features all original works in many mediums, including photography, painting, printmaking, ceramics, wood, and mixed media. Pieces are recent works and none have ever been shown in the gallery.
"There is so much talent within the community and among our members," said our artistic director, Apryl Altman. "This is one of the many ways the WCAC helps bring that talent to the attention of the community."
This year's show featured works by 73 members. Each piece is an original piece of art that includes varied styles, media and creative use of traditional and non-traditional materials. Each piece is also available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the artists and missions of the WCAC, including art education, exhibits and art-related community activities.
The WCAC Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
The 2016 show was judged by Professor Elizabeth Mead, Chairperson of the Art and Art History Department at the College of William & Mary.
Mead awarded First Place was to Sandy Nahm for her painting entitled Pink Water Lily. Carlton Abbott was awarded Second Place for his drawing entitled Slow Death, and Ray & Martha Rountree were awarded Third Place for their collaborative wood piece entitled Peepers. Merit Awards were presented to Apryl Altman, Holland Wentz Etheridge, Kathy Hornsby, Lori Jakubow, Gudrun Kiel-Bullock, Juliet Kirby, Cindy May, Myra Polsky and Catherine Delsandro Walsh.
The presenting sponsor for the show is Williamsburg Landing with gold sponsorship by Michael and Juliet Kirby. The Jean K. Walker Awards of Excellence for first, second and third Place are endowed by Ambassador Howard K. Walker.
WCAC was founded in 1959 as "Twentieth Century Art Gallery" and exhibits a wide variety of contemporary paintings, sculpture, and crafts by outstanding regional and national artists. The gallery, adjacent to Merchants Square and the Historic Area, currently occupies a unique 1920 Sears Roebuck house that was modernized in the 1980s.
In 2000, the organization changed its name to This Century Art Gallery in recognition of the new millennium. In 2015, the name was changed to Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center to more fully reflect dual focus of the organization - "Contemporary" to reflect "art of today" and "Art Center" to reflect the art education mission.
Go to https://visitwcac.org/what-we-do/exhibits/ for further information about the gallery and its exhibits, or contact Karen Schwartz at visitWCAC@gmail.com or 757-879-4328.
CUTLINE: Award winners and show judge from left to right, Gudrun Kiel-Bullock, Juliet Kirby, Holland Wentz Etheridge, Sandy Nahm, Cathy Delsandro Walsh, Lori Jakubow, Kathy Hornsby, Professor Elizabeth Mead, Cindy May, Martha Rountree, Ray Rountree, Apryl Altman, and Carlton Abbott. Missing is Myra Polsky.
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