Familiar scenes are inspiration for winning art

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First place winner for the Plein Air Contest during Splash last week was "Morning Light" by John Gagnon of Edenton.


From staff reports

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Artists captured familiar scenes from the local landscape to win top prizes in the Plein Air Contest hosted by Arts of the Albemarle last week.

First place went to John Gagnon of Edenton for a painting of hay bales in a field, called “Morning Light.”

Contest juror Munroe Bell commented, “Evocative of harvest season, atmospheric and demonstrates full range of g values.” In art, a value is the lightness or darkness of a color or hue.

Second place went to Tesh Parekh from Raleigh for “Winter Watch,” a painting of a white-shingled house with a stone bench and bare-limbed tree in front.

Bell commented, “The intimate composition exhibits craftsmenship and a strong sense of light and shadow.”

Third place went to Alena Nodzomi from Kitty Hawk for “Holy Noon Feeling,” a painting of First Baptist Church in downtown Elizabeth City. The juror commented, “This painting has a compelling perspective with a harmonic palette. Nodzomi also won the sponsor’s choice award for “Cool Evening Water.

Participating artists submitted 27 entries for $1,200 in prize money, during Splash, a regional event for artists in downtown Elizabeth City. Rules required artists to paint any subject or scene outdoors from Oct. 27 to Nov. 1 without taking photographs first.