Abstraction Show

Nov 16, 2021 | Exhibitions, Latest News

Thank You & Congratulations

Our first in-person opening reception since the start of the pandemic was a success! Thank you to everyone who came and all of the artists whose work is on display!

This weekend is the last opportunity to view the show in person at the Art Alliance Gallery. Stop by Saturday or Sunday from 1–4:00pm or view the gallery now

Show Awards


1st Place: I'll Leave the Lights On, Erin Welsh

Abstraction Show November 16, 2021Juror's Comments: This joyful, exuberant painting is small in stature but big on layers and dynamic energy. The repeated circular forms create a patina or history of shape and texture, resulting in a piece that speaks to history, memory, and the passage of time.


2nd Place: You Are Not Your Thoughts, Melinda Curley

Abstraction Show November 16, 2021Juror's Comments: This painting has a wonderful material texture that makes viewers want to reach out and touch it. Viewers can feel the energy of the paint application and recurring moments of color and texture.

3rd Place: Space Walk, Michael Pelikan

Abstraction Show November 16, 2021Juror's Comments: This piece appealed to me for the mystery created by the textures and value shifts. Are we looking at a lunar landscape, the underside of a pile of leaves, or a close up of human skin? Photography is by nature inherently abstract although frequently we look to it for "truth." I appreciate the ambiguousness of this image. 

Honorable Mention: Bound, Dotty Ford

Abstraction Show November 16, 2021Juror's Comments: This small print feels like it could be fabric, a collection of pressed papers from long ago, or an unraveling sweater. Handheld in size, it is mysterious, quiet, and calming.

Honorable Mention: Heaven & Earth, Joe Beddal

Abstraction Show November 16, 2021Juror's Comments: This painting is unique in its layering of painting atop painting as well as the use of extruded material through its screen. 

Honorable Mention: Ghost Winds & Burning Leaves, Ruth Knowles

Abstraction Show November 16, 2021Juror's Comments: This piece feels like a piece of excavated history, pulled out from a sheath of old papers or dug up from the studio floor. 

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