The Art Gallery at The Edge Center in Bigfork has its July show in progress until the 27th, and its opening reception was yesterday. It is the Ninth Annual Juried art exhibition with a larger variety of artwork this year. Everyone in the show is a “winner” because their entries were 38 of the over 90 entered. That’s the largest field of entries in the show's previous years. Yesterday awards were announced for four special artworks. Three were selected by this year's juror, Anne Dugan, who is the Curator of the Duluth Art Institute. The fourth award was The People's Choice, which could be voted on by anyone at the opening reception. Anne also selected the 38 items on display at the show. You can come and see the exhibit from now until July 27. The Gallery is open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Admission is no charge.
There were four awards: one Best of Show, two Awards of Excellence and one People's Choice. There was a tie vote for the People's Choice between the Claro Music Cabinet and Ken's Memory quilt. The cabinet also won the Best of Show award. The Awards of Excellence went to the Ore Dock drawing and the Shallow sculpture.
The Claro Music Cabinet is done with walnut, ebony, and maple and is made by Paul Losik.
Ken's memory quilt is done with quilting material and is made by Char Bailey, Tammy Warren, Lori Dvorak and Terrie Carlson.
Ore dock is done with graphite made by Aaron Squadroni.
Shallow is done with aluminum, human hair, nails, and wood and is made by Susan Gilbert.
The reception this year was very well attended. In fact, it was probably the largest crowd that has ever been in the gallery for an art exhibit. The Edge Center encourages and welcomes visitors for this special exhibition which is open all month. Again a special thanks to the Edge Center volunteers who setup and take down these exhibits and to the generosity of our financial supporters. This year our juried show sponsors are: Northland Dental Clinic, Arvig Communications, First State Bank of Bigfork, Kocian's Family Grocery and Bigfork Valley Hospital. Please come and visit us.