SMALL WONDER: Getting To Know Worcester County Arts Council
Small wonder, the name of the most recent art competition at Worcester County Arts Council (WCAC). A contest that challenged artists to take a look at the world in miniature and share what they saw. Small wonder, also apt words to describe the WCAC gallery on Jefferson Street in Berlin, MD. This small building is packed with the work of local artists; silk scarves, jewelry, glass , ceramics and paintings from a range of talented artists.
Small wonder, words that describe the amount of courage it took for me to enter my first art contest. While I didn’t win anything, the experience was thrilling and I have a new understanding of the adrenaline pump and courage required for artists to open up their work to judgement…..public judgement.
The Small Wonder competition was judged by artist, Martha Graham. Martha very carefully described the criteria she used to judge each piece, such as composition, but was also quick to point out that some of what makes a work appealing is the reaction that it evokes in the person viewing that work. I do not envy the position of judge. I can think of not much that is more difficult than judging the personal expression of others.
The winner of this competition was Janet Trimper, with a beautiful watercolor painting that happened to be one of my favorites too. Janet was one of many friendly artists that I met on Friday night. Take a look at some of the winning art work, including some of my personal favorites. Then stop into the gallery and take a look at them for yourself and see what inspires you! Click on each picture for artist info and to see the full pictures.
For more info about the gallery click here.