Young Talent Show in Washington, CT
By: Tamara Tragakiss
WASHINGTON-Calling the upcoming show "breathtaking," the Washington Art Association (WAA) recently released the names of the seven artists chosen for the Young Talent exhibition that opens in early January.
Hailed as "great artists in the making," the six painters and one graphic novelist will come from as close as Bethany and as far as Tennessee to be at the opening reception Jan. 7.
The minimum requirements for being in the show are that the artist is under the age of 30, is out of school and is pursuing an artistic career. Beyond this, "their work represents them," explained WAA's administrator, Delancey Materne, about the selection criteria.
The 12-member exhibition committee, an all-volunteer group composed mostly of professional artists, chose from "a huge field of outstanding applicants," according to a
release. The exact number of candidates who applied, including the method of invitation, is kept confidential by the small nonprofit art organization.
Ms. Materne, who lives in Roxbury, did say that the committee tries to "represent all areas of the arts."
"This year, for the first time, we have a graphic novel artist. ... Graphic novels are becoming a new way to illustrate your life with your art and tell it as a story," she said. The exhibit will include graphic novel artist Amber Scoon of Massachusetts.
In addition to Ms. Scoon's work, the exhibit this year will feature Kyle Bowman, an abstract painter from New York; Brian Kiernan, a landscape painter from Vermont; Jay Noble of North Carolina, with a collection of drawings and paintings; the interior paintings of Vermont artist Jennifer O'Connell; Tennessee artist Amanda Rogers' figurative paintings, and, from Bethany, the paintings of Nicole Salva.
Ms. Salva, a student of the Washington-based painter Margaret Grimes, received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury this year. Explaining in her artist's statement that she is "fascinated with capturing the light and space of objects in my work," the collection Ms. Salva brings to the WAA show is composed of oil-on-masonite still life paintings with bottles.
The art association has been holding the Young Talent show for more than 15 years, Ms. Materne said.
"All young artists are trying to built a résumé, which should have gallery shows," she said. And, the WAA is well known in the art world, which offers exposure. "We have people who are art collectors who do come and buy Young Talent work," Ms. Materne noted.
Eric Aho, now a well-known landscape realist, was featured at WAA's Young Talent show "about 14 years ago and he shows in [New York City] now."
Another reason the organization puts on the annual show, Ms. Materne said, is to nurture an appreciation of art and to encourage and facilitate the practice of it, as described in the association's mission statement. "A lot of schools come to this [show], and it encourages young artists," she said.
Besides, the artwork at the Young Talent exhibition is refreshingly new, she added, saying, "And I always think it's a great way to start the new year."
The opening reception for Young Talent 2006 will be held Jan. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibition runs through Jan. 29. All artists in the show will attend the reception.
The Washington Art Association is located in Bryan Plaza in Washington Depot. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. To inquire about the show, call 860-868-2878 or visit the association's Web site, www.washingtonart.org.