Saturday afternoon, 50 and counting gathered in the Visitor’s Center gallery to celebrate the works of 21 artists selected to exhibit in Adkins Arboretum’s 2013 annual art competition. This is the fourteenth year since artist Marion Price took the helm as the Arboretum volunteer art curator to arrange for this show heralding interest among artists from Philadelphia to Salisbury, Western Maryland to Lewes, and many points in between. The theme, Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is interpreted through seed pods and expansive landscapes, as well as fish and prey, quilting, mosaics, and our beloved trees, fields, and water. An eclectic collection? Maybe, but not the motivating factor. Juror (and Washington College Adjunct Professor of Art) Alex Castro’s modus operandi in selecting the show was “fresh,” and he succeeded. As the artists attending Saturday’s reception shared the path to creating their work, whether printmaking, photography, carving, or painting, it was a spontaneous unfolding and discovery that resulted in the “fresh” that Castro was looking to recognize.
For those of us who have attended the annual show’s reception for more than a decade, we noticed new patterns at this reception. The guests were glued to the walls, and sometimes with their noses almost touching the art; they examined each piece of work with awe, fascination, and curiosity.
The show is on view through March 29. Call 410.634.2847, ext. 0 for gallery hours, and click here to learn about upcoming shows.
by Ellie Altman