58th Annual Labor Day Art Show Aug. 28 thru Sept. 28
The RAL Art Center’s major signature event is the Annual Labor Day Art Show. It is widely recognized as one of the longest-standing visual arts shows in Virginia. Since the show moved from Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury to the RAL Art Center in 2014, attendance has increased to over 1,100 visitors.
Traditionally, the show is open on Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend, providing 11 continuous open days to accommodate visitors celebrating the end of summer. Adding 15 open days will provide increased opportunities for art patrons to view this extraordinary exhibit, and purchase a RAL Member’s unique piece of art.
Production of the Labor Day Art Show takes a village! Seasoned and new members are creating prized pieces of art. Loyal sponsors are being solicited for their support. Promotion material is being designed. Logistics for food, awards, etc. is being confirmed. Plans are being made for freshening the gallery wall paint prior to hanging the show.
Entry Forms / Fees Due Aug 10 (No exceptions)
Receiving Aug 25 & 26 10am-12pm
Artists’ Awards Reception Aug 30 5pm-7pm
First Friday Reception Sept 6, 5pm -7pm
Other important dates and details are listed in the Prospectus and Entry Form included in this Artline.
Current Exhibiting Artists are encouraged to exhibit two pieces of their work in the Exhibit Room. The entire gallery area will be transformed into the Labor Day Art Show.
The 58th Annual Labor Day Art Show promises to be another epic event as we continue to celebrate our 70th anniversary in our stunning gallery. (Have you seen the new carpet?)
Thank you in advance to the many, many members who will “make it all happen”.
Cheryl & Ron Mihills - Chairmen
Labor Day Art Show Judge: Lisa Boardwine
Lisa Boardwine is an artist and author with 26 years of art show experience. She is a Signature Artists member of both the Virginia and Baltimore Watercolor Societies. Her work is represented by numerous galleries, and included in private and corporate collections both nationally and internationally. In 2019, she was the recipient of a Virginia Center for the Arts Fellowship Award. She was also selected for the International Art Exhibition-Neutralism in Nereto, Italy.
RAL Art Center’s 57th Annual Labor Day Show Judge,
Emma Lou Marchant Martin
An enthusiasm and passion for the arts is evident in the life of this artist. In the past thirty plus years that she has lived in Richmond, she has served as a Docent at VMFA, exhibited her multi-media art widely, receiving awards in each media she has explored. Her work is in numerous corporate and private collections internationally. She has taught painting workshops, directed art camp for adults and children, and served as a juror for national and local art exhibits. Emma Lou served President of the Metropolitan Artists Association (now Metropolitan Richmond Artist Association). In that position she co-founded Richmond’s artists’ co-op, Uptown Gallery, in 1992. She is a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society and is a charter member of the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Pastel and Virginia Collage Societies.
Emma Lou earned a BFA from William and Mary after two years at Randolph Macon Woman’s College and has continued to study with nationally known artists through the years to perfect her creative vision. Usually working in a series, her wide range of subjects includes florals, still life, portraits, abstracts and landscapes. Her watercolors reflect her love of travel and the natural world. Her current passion is collage in which she recycles junk into abstract art saving landfills from its poison!
Labor Day Show Winners 2016
Best show ever.” “It just keeps getting better and better.” These were the comments you would hear as you mingled with the many attendees of the First Friday Labor Day Show exhibit and winners presentation. The Rappahannock Art League’s 55th Annual Labor Day Show, co-chaired by Mary Ellis and Sharon Mundy, was indeed special with 146 pieces of art and crafts.
The judge was Eleanor Cox, award-winning plein air watercolorist from Richmond. She said that the exhibit “encompasses a great variety of creatively finished pieces in many different mediums, reflecting the League’s member artists’ visions. It is always an honor to view a collection of works and then come the difficult task of selecting a few for awards. I found many more that could have been selected. From a group of diversified works, I chose pieces that showed a fresh view of an ordinary subject, that engaged the eye, had good composition, and showed a mastery of materials. The Art League’s annual show will please all.”
Mary Ellis and Sharon Mundy, Co-chairs of the exhibit, after thanking the many volunteers and sponsors, gave out the awards as the crowd cheered every pick. A special cheer went up for the announcement of the Best in Show, My Potted Plant, an acrylic painting by Johnny Hayes.
The Pat O-Shaughnessy Memorial Award (Traditional) went the Hal Tench for his large oil painting, Sharps Island Light, Maryland; the Don Kennedy Memorial (creative use of color) was awarded to Rose Nygaard for her acrylic, Breaking News; the Jane Stouffer Memorial (overall excellence) was awarded to Marie Armstrong for her acrylic, Mom’s Coffee Pots; and the Jim Hazel Memorial (excellent use of watercolor) was given to Jacquie Colligan for her watercolor on yupo, Unspoiled Universe.
Patty Richards' wonderful acrylic, I’ve Got It, won the People’s Choice Award. Viewers of the show voted on their favorite and the winner was announced on September 5.
Blue ribbons were awarded to Marge Alderson for her watercolor, At the Edges; Mike Dirle for his oil, Designated Decoy; Ralph Higgins for Fireworks, a watercolor; Mary Randolph Jones for Harbor Scene, an oil painting; and Bonnie Murray for her collagraph, Widget.
Red ribbons were awarded to Anita Baker for Mike, a watercolor; Mary Ellis for her acrylic, Life on a Hillside; Maggie Gilman for her photograph, At Home, Herdia #151; Bob Haynes for his watercolor, Three Eggs; Mel Neale for her pastel, Reflections in Time; and Robin Sowell for her acrylic collage, Conflagration.
Yellow ribbons were awarded to Judy Becker for her clay work, Weight Watchers; Mary Jo Beswick for her mixed media piece, Jars Dressed for Market; Ellen Garvey for her blown glass vase and beads, Vase with a Shawl; Charles Albert Huckins for Soul Mother, an inkjet composite; Cheryl Mihills for her fiber art, Still Life; Kathleen Noffsinger for her watercolor, Heron Spirit; and Gary-Lou for her acrylic and copper leaf painting, Pink and Yellow Pears.
Honorable Mentions (white ribbons) were awarded to Beth Burnside for her photo on metal, Oyster Tongs; Jan Dobrowolski for her silver jewelry, Boxed In; Elizabeth Eddowes for her watercolor, So Cool; Lella Lee Edwards for Untitled I, a watermedia painting; Lisa Peters for After the Race, an oil; Sukey Starkey for her mosaic, Rio Grande; Gail Weyant for Tropical Waters Vase, high-fired stoneware: and Sheila Zukor fo her stained glass, Love Birds.
Annual Labor Day Show - Our 55th!
This year’s Labor Day Show will be special since it is - can you believe it? - our 55th. And it seems that each show gets better and better, especially since we have brought it home to the Studio Gallery. As in previous years, the show will open the last Wednesday before Labor Day, August 31 with the Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony on Friday, September 2, from 5-7 pm. And due to popular demand, the exhibit will run through Saturday, September 10.
Our Judge this year is Eleanor Cox, well-known artist, teacher, and juror from Richmond. She specializes in plein air, focusing on watercolors that feature color and light in the landscape and garden.
The Prospectus and Entry form are included in this Artline. They will also be available at the Studio Gallery and through weekly Artmails. Contributing artists need to read the Prospectus carefully. Entry forms and fees are due August 13. Receiving is August 29 from 9 am to 1 pm. Judging will occur on Tuesday, August 30. Other important dates and details are clearly indicated in the Prospectus. Send your entry form in as early as you can. Space is limited but adequate.
Exhibitors should take note of the important date that will precede the Labor Day Show: remove artwork from the Gallery by Saturday, August 27th and provide a representative sample of your work for the Exhibit Room show which will occur simultaneously with the LDS.
All of us at RAL are looking forward to be hosting our 55th Annual Labor Day Show at the Studio Gallery.
Chairman - Mary Ellis.
Labor Day Show Winners 2015
The Rappahannock Art League’s 54th Annual Labor Day Art Show opened at 10 am, September 2, at the RAL Studio Gallery, 19 N. Main St. At the First Friday Reception and Awards Ceremony, a crowd of participating artists, RAL members and guests celebrated the wonderful art and the winners with a fine array of food and drink organized by the Social Committee Chair, Diana Jamison, and her team of volunteers.
This year’s co-chairs, Mary Ellis and Sharon Mundy, conducted opening ceremonies and presented the awards. The Best of Show Award Presentation Cup was donated and presented by Ross Christiansen of Ross’s Rings and Things.
The judge for the show, Bev Purdue of Richmond, is a Signature member of the prestigious American Watercolor Society. She is the recipient of many national and international awards including Best in Show for the Southern Watercolor Society and Virginia Watercolor Society. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections. Many of her plein air paintings are set in Italy France, New Mexico, Maine, Anguilla and the Outer Banks.
With the Visitor’s Choice Award yet to be determined when the ballots are counted on the final day of the show, 28 awards were presented. All awards were made via an open competition with the judging based on creativity, originality and craftsmanship for all media.
The following awards were presented:
Best in Show – red, white and blue ribbon and a pewter Presentation Cup donated and presented by Ross Christensen of Ross’s Ring and Things went to: Perseverance by Ron Taylor
The Experimental Group’sPat O’Shaughnessy Memorial Award for Non-Traditional Approach – purple ribbon – went to Rainbow Sunset by Jacquie Colligan.
The Jane Stouffer Memorial Award went to Red Right Returning by Eileen Tullner.
The Kennedy Memorial went to Autumn Sparkles by Mel Neale.
Five Blue Ribbons went to:
Totem by Lella Lee Edwards, The Landing #2 by Bonnie Murray, Untitled by Joan Robinson, The Heron by Rebecca Grow and Hero by Charles Huggins.
Six Red Ribbons went to:
Recalling the Falls by Ann Vliet, Girls’ Walk by Peggy Moore, New Point Comfort Light by Bob Haynes, Grandpa Racing the Storm by Jim Pancoast, Williamsburg Tavern by Charles VanDenburgh and Trees in Season by Kathryn Murray.
Seven Yellow Ribbons went to
Maze Master by Barbara Kershner, River’s Edge Harmony by David Zuck, Tie Up To Me by Mary Ellis, Flora Dancing by Linda Goldstein, Stella by Cheryl Rembisz, Great Expectations by Shirley Kinney and Spring on Route 3 by Marge Alderson.
Eight White Ribbons went to:
Following the Sun by Lynn Savarese, Summer Sea by Herb Aman, Autumn Glory by Darryl Adams, Ice Princess by Gail Weyant, Marley by Tommy Fox, Stingray by Jan Dobrowolski, Momentum by Nancy Reath and Touch of Turquoise by Gary-Lou Upton.
The Award-Winning Entries will be showcased in an exhibition at the RAL Studio Gallery following the Labor Day Show, September 9-28.
Mary Ellis and Sharon Mundy would like to extend their appreciation to Judge Bev Perdue for a great job of judging the show. They would also like to thank all the volunteers and committee members whose hard work and energy made this show possible
Beverly Perdue to Judge the 54th Labor Day Show
RAL is excited to have Beverly Perdue judge the Labor Day Show. Bev is a signature member of the prestigious American Watercolor Society. Based in Virginia, she is the recipient of many national and international awards, including Best in Show for the Southern Watercolor Society and Virginia Watercolor Society competitions. She has been selected into multiple exhibits throughout the United States. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections such as Bank of America, Media General and the University of Virginia Bev has been featured in Artist Magazine and American Artist Watercolor Magazine.
Many of Bev’s “plein air” (on location) paintings are set in Italy, France, New Mexico, Monhegan and Grand Manan Islands off the coast of Maine, Anguilla in the West Indies and on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
This year’s show is co-chaired by Mary Ellis and Sharon Mundy.
54th Annual Labor Day Show, September 2 - 7, 2015
Continuing with last year’s success, the Labor Show will again be displayed in the Studio Gallery. As in previous years, the show will open the last Wednesday before Labor Day, September 2nd, and will run through Labor Day, September 7th. This year the Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, September 4th from 5 pm until 7 pm at the Studio Gallery instead of on the opening Wednesday as it has in the past. Our Judge this year is Beverly Perdue.
The Prospectus and Entry form can be downloaded on this page. They will also be available at the Studio Gallery and through weekly Artmails. Contributing artists need to read the Prospectus carefully; a few changes and clarifications have been made. Use the Exhibit Calendar dates to mark your calendar. Entry forms and fees are due August 15, as are any changes to entries. Receiving is August 31st from 9 am to 1 pm. Judging will occur on Tuesday, September 1st. Other important dates and details are clearly indicated in the Prospectus. Send your entry form in as early as you can. Space is limited but adequate.
Further important dates for our current Studio Gallery exhibiting artists have been sent out previously with the new 6 month contract. Please take note of the important Milestone Dates that will precede the Labor Day Show: remove artwork from the Gallery by Saturday, August 30th; provide a representative sample of your work for the Exhibit Room show which will occur simultaneously with the LDS.
All of us at RAL are looking forward to be hosting our 54th Annual Labor Day Show at the Studio Gallery.