Coming around once every two years, the ‘Cream of the Crop’ art exhibit premiered Saturday, June 11, at the Southern Ohio Museum.
This is the fifteenth biennial juried exhibition of works by artists living and working within an 85-mile radius of Portsmouth and an exciting showcase for the finest art in the region.
The works on display were selected by Tess Cortez. Cortez serves as the Director of the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries at Wright State University in Dayton. Cortez was unable to attend the ceremony due to travel.
“She really had a difficult time choosing,” explained artistic director Charlotte Gordon. “She was amazed at the quality of the work. She said ‘I had no idea coming to Portsmouth what I’d get and what I’d see.’ She said this was one of the toughest exhibits that she’s juried.”
Over 8o artists works were chosen to be displayed. Out of 224 submissions, roughly half were chosen for the exhibit.
One of those being, local tattoo artist and business owner Josh Kilgallion. Kilgallion’s oil and photo work, “Untitled #3”, was selected for the exhibit.
“I feel so lucky that my piece was selected, there are lots of really great, talented artists in the area, and all of these works are so wonderful, it’s really an honor,” said Kilgallion.
“With so much talent, we’re wishing that the walls expanded,” said Gordon. “It’s really great because we’ve seen such a variety, he mediums are all over the place, we’ve got hooked rugs, we have a tattoo artist who submitted a tattooed piece, ceramics, and paintings, mixed media and of course many more.”
One entry was an industrial design, created by Kelly Babcock for Sole Choice in Portsmouth.
“It was the first in a long time,” said Gordon. “I went back through our records and it’s been a long time since we’ve seen something like this. She’s actually one of our museum members and she’s a graphic designer. She was asked by Sole Choice to re-work their entire shoelace catalog. It’s phenomenal, she’s really disrupting the whole industry and redoing the presentation of shoelaces, and she entered that. It’s an awesome piece, and they all are.”
Ranging from traditional Appalachian crafts like wood working and needlework, to contemporary abstract paintings, each work reflects a part of the unique individual who created the work.
The exhibit will be on display through August 12. For more information, visit the Southern Ohio Museum website — www.somacc.org. Facebook “Southern Ohio Museum,” or by calling 740-354-5629. You can also stop in during museum hours, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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