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"A Touch of Red" and the winner is . . . . .

“A Touch of Red”

February’s Exhibit at the RAL Art Center, 19 N Main Street, Kilmarnock celebrates the color RED. “A Touch of Red” includes paintings, photography, mixed media, fused-glass and fiber art. This exhibit began February 4 and runs through February 27.

Nadine Flood judged this exhibit. She moved to the Northern Neck three years ago and joined the RAL Art Center. Nadine has a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary

Studies in Art from VCU, and she has taught high school art for 29 years at North Stafford High School.

Laurie Breakwell took first place for her fused-glass, “Hot Mess of the Heart.” This is Laurie’s third year to win a first place award in a member show at the RAL Art Center. The judge quoted, “This is a fun fused-glass composition composed of layers of clear, translucent and opaque colored glass. It is a whimsical piece with a playful edge mounted on a black metal stand. The placement of the heart focal point is daring and unexpected.”

The second place award went to Maggie Gilman for her photograph, “A Slash of Red.” Mrs. Flood commented that it was a beautifully sophisticated photograph of harmonious analogous colors on a cement wall. It celebrated texture and spare shadows and the nuances of color.

Jane Wells won third place with her acrylic of “Richardson’s,” which is a fresh and expressive scene of an alley and house with a small red car parked next to it. The judge said it showed a bold contrast of warm and cool colors along with bold highlights.

Honorable mentions also were awarded to the following:

“Red In,” acrylic by Karen Kingsley

“Gone to the Birds,” pastel by Mel Neale

“Typhon Racing,” watercolor by Carol Vaughn

“Second Day,” mixed media by Jacquie Colligan

“The Treehouse,” acrylic by Brenda Sylvia

Visit the RAL Art Center during February to see “A Touch of Red” on Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


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