Celebrating the Monadnock Region's Vibrant Arts Community
I am thrilled to have been selected as one of the first recipients of the Ruth and James Ewing Arts Awards, sponsored by the Keene Sentinel and Arts Alive .
I don't generally submit my photographs to contests or for awards consideration, and there are a number of reasons for my reluctance. I would like to be able to loftily proclaim that "I don't require the acknowledgement of others to validate my work", but the truth is that I crave approval as much as most artists. No, the unfortunate fact is that I simply fear rejection far more than I require external approval. Sad, but there are other reasons, beyond my delicate ego.
In recent years there has been an
|Swift water, Gill Truslow|
|Ruth & James Ewing|
James Ewing was the owner and publisher of the Keene Sentinel and both he and his wife Ruth were strong supporters of the arts within the Monadnock Region. Local organizations that benefited included Apple Hill Chamber Music, the MacDowell Colony and the Grand Monadnock Arts Council. I can't think of any two more deserving of this recognition.
|The Apple Hill Quartet|
|Canopy, Deborah Lloyd Kaufman|
The Artistic Community
|President Lincoln, Tim Campbell|
The Monadnock Region is blessed with a wide variety of marvelously talented artists and instead of focusing on a single genre, the Ewing Awards was open to all types of artists, in both the performance and visual arts. They were even willing to consider photography, and I'm especially pleased that the student winner is photographer Annika Kristiansen. I was also attracted by the fact that the awards were not based on the judging of one or two pieces, but on a greater body of work and on the relationship of the artist and his work to the Monadnock Region.
|Grazing the Fence|
An award focused on my home region and in the name of two remarkable community leaders, this was not your typical photography contest. So I went through the arduous process of submitting my work, my story and my ego to the prestigious panel of judges and was excited to be considered worthy to be among the 14 other amazing recipients. To me it is wonderful that, in addition to the talented painters, the judges also recognized music and dance, sculpture, set design and, yes, even photography.
|Animaterra Women's Chorus|
"We want to showcase in some small way the amazing creativity that surrounds us", said Keene Sentinel Editor Terrence Williams, "This is a wonderful beginning."
I certainly agree, and all I need to do is bask in the radiant glory of these talented artists:
- Lee Dunholter, painter and theatrical set designer, Peterborough
- Peter Roos, painter, Walpole
- Deborah Lloyd Kaufman, painter, Spofford
- Gill Truslow, painter, Keene
- Jeanne Maguire Thieme, painter, Swanzey
- Tim Campbell, painter, sculptor, Keene
- Annika Kristiansen, photographer, Keene (student winner)
- Craig Stockwell, painter, Keene
- Richard Whitney, painter, Stoddard
- Animaterra Women’s Chorus, musical performers, Harrisville
- Frank Wallace, classical guitarist, Antrim
- MoCo Arts, dance performers, Keene
- Apple Hill String Quartet, musical performers, Nelson
- Chamber Singers of Keene, musical performers, Keene
|Monadnock Orchard, Richard Whitney|
Next Thursday, July 23rd, The Ewing Awards recipients will be recognized at a reception in Keene State College's Redfern Arts Center. I will try to jam 2-3 examples of my photography (those shown here) into the 48 inches of "running wall space" that has been allotted to each of the visual artists. Even "running", 48 inches isn't much, but more excitingly, there will be performances by the performing artist winners. I hope to see a few of my friends at the event.
Here are the details:
Ten visual artists and five performing artists or groups will be recognized with the first Ruth and James Ewing Arts Awards. A reception and awards program are planned for these recipients on July 23 at Redfern Arts Center on the campus of Keene State College.
Tickets — $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 and under — will go on sale Friday, June 26m. Tickets can be reserve at 603-352-1234 x 1004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope to see you there.