Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Acceptance AND a Prize
Red Hills, 2006, Oil on Panel, 12x16
I just received a letter from the Woodstock School of Art notifying me that my painting in their regional juried show, the one I just dropped off on Friday, was chosen for a prize, the Catskill Art & Office Supply Award, a $100 Gift Certificate. I was just happy to have gotten into this show and so winning a prize is a lovely surprise. This is a good art supply store (located in my very favorite place, Woodstock, NY), and going there to do some shopping will be very retro. I rarely buy art supplies in a store anymore, as buying in bulk on the internet is more convenient for those of us out here in Hooterville these days. That goes for vitamins, clothing, shampoo and baby chicks too, by the way.
Anyway, earlier this year I wrote here about how I had been getting rejected from competitions and I'd have to keep entering until I was accepted again. So I have been and now (with the exception of one entry that is still out, and the few local events that I am happy to continue to support by entering) I am going to retire from entering competitions. They have served their purpose for me, giving me some experience, a few lines on my resume and fulfilling the competitive aspect of my personality.
However, I do reserve the right to change my mind if a really good competition shows up, with a prize of $1000 or more, juried by my painting soul mate, Wolf Kahn or by Steven LaRose who likes my work now or or by the guy who just bought a bunch of my paintings from Salt Meadow Gallery. You know, just in case a juried show like that comes up.