The 16th Annual Aquarius Exhibition, hosted by the Medina County District Library, opened January 27. The Medina County Art League held a reception February 1 on the third floor of the main branch, in the MCDL B. Smith Gallery, 210 South Broadway, Medina, to recognize this year's winning artists.
Sixty-one of the Art League's 124 members entered a total of 119 original pieces of their art work in the exhibit. The impressive, tastefully displayed selections featured outstanding, works done in watercolor, acrylic, photography, ink, colored pencil, jewelry, clay, scrap metal, charcoal, wood carving, fused glass, oil, needlework, and much more.
Jack Mulhollen, Ohio Watercolor Society and Whiskey Painters of America, served as the judge for the 2020 exhibition. He has taught watercolor at Cuyahoga Valley Art Center since 1991, and also teaches workshops, does group demonstrations, critiques, and jury's shows. Mulhollen has been honored with more than 25 Best in Show and First Awards.
He said of the Aquarius exhibit, "It is every bit as good as any I have seen in the area and could compete with many larger city shows. There is a diversity here not found in many shows. The overall quality is excellent."
In addition to the expected awards, Mulhollen gave Merit Awards to three of the artists: Kelly Jadach, "Poppies in Bloom;" Ricky William, "Empty Dreams;" and Linda Kenski, "Mesa Sunset."
Past MCAL President Deanna Clucas joined current co-presidents Kathy Stokes-Shafer and Vincent Matheney in presenting the 2020 award winners.
Honorable Mentions went to: Laurie Musser, "Snowy Owl;" Margaret Herrmann-Dreher, "Wool Gathering;" Sarah Bullington, "Flowers, Heart, Love;" and Betty Siska, "The Old Orchard."
The third place winner was Leo Miller, for "Hibiscus and Red Clematis." Second place went to Carol Klingel for "Frosted Blues." First place winner was Sally Heston for "White Farmhouse," and the Best of Show award went to Donna Bargar, for "Window Box Nest."
Most of the exhibited selections are for sale. Anyone interested in purchasing the artwork should contact the artist.
Deanna Clucas and Sharon Borror co-chaired the committee that organized this event, working with Teri Arthur, Donna Bargar, Denise Benko, Cindy and Greg Craft, Bill Beuther, Margaret Hermann-Dreher, Teenia Geig-Koehler, Darrell Kent, Gail Martonicz, Vincent Matheney, Helga Reid, Betty Siska, Kathy Stokes-Shafer, and Darlene Young.
An expression of thanks went to the MCDL for donating the use of the building, Minuteman Press of Medina for their printing services, and Crown Trophy.
The objectives of the MCAL are: "to promote education, exploration, awareness and development of the visual arts; to promote groups and community interest in and appreciation of the arts; and to sponsor and/or participate in art shows, exhibits and community projects."
For further information about MCAL, write to P.O. Box 339, Medina, Ohio 44258, or visit www.MedinaArtLeague.com.
The Aquarius Exhibition is free and open to the public until February 29, during regular library hours.