6 area artists make it into prestigious Cincinnati show

If you don’t believe that artists work hard at their craft, here is a statistic for you. Leonard Williams took over 2,000 photographs last September at Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton mountains, of which 30 were deemed sketch worthy. From these, he created several casein paintings.

“Yellowstone Backwaters” was entered into Cincinnati Art Club’s ViewPoint 46 and made the cut. Five other Dayton-area artists were also juried in: Misuk Goltz, Yuki Hall, Connie Hanselman, James Noyes, and Sharon Stolzenberger.

“The quality of the work made the jury’s selection very difficult. I believe this will be our finest exhibit,” said ViewPoint 46 chair Ray Burt. “Being a national competition, we have had entries from all across the country, including Alaska.”

There were just over 400 entries, and only 83 paintings, two sculptures, and one stained glass work were selected. The exhibit will be held from Sept. 13-25 at Art Design Consultants.

“The past two years, the exhibit was held at Cincinnati Art Galleries,” said Burt. “It is the first year we’ve held this show at Art Design Consultants for which we are very excited.”

The artists who were juried in are also excited about being in this prestigious exhibit.

“I have entered the ViewPoint show several times, and have been accepted three or four times. It’s a hard one to get into,” said Williams, a Waynesville resident.

Goltz, of Xenia, was inspired by a street merchant in South Korea for her entry, “Street Tailor, Old Delhi.”

“I like to sew, so I related to him right away,” said Goltz. “I loved the expression in his face. He just inspired me.”

This is the third year that Hall has gained a spot in the exhibit. Last year, she won the Winsor & Newton: ColArt America Award for her watercolor, “Greektown.” For ViewPoint 46, “Rainy Day Main Street” shows a cityscape of downtown Dayton.

“I wanted to depict the cool rainy day of the street with reflection from the tail lights, etc. in a very loose and spontaneous style, which I always try to achieve in my watercolor painting,” said Hall, of Beavercreek. “I have been painting several Dayton scenes for the last several years. This is one of three such paintings that made it into a major show, so I am very happy about it.”

This is the first time Stolzenberger has submitted an entry to the ViewPoint show. Her painting, “Secrets and Symbols,” started out as an overall pattern of poured and layered acrylic paint with no subject matter.

“It was a challenge of defining recognizable shapes, such as the bird, and making them come forward while pushing other areas into the background,” said Stolzenberger, a Kettering artist. “I then applied transparent and opaque layers of paint, as well as lifting paint in a sort of push/pull effect that made this painting exciting to work on.”

Like Stolzenberger, this was Hanselman’s first try at this exhibit. Her “Mixed Bouquet,” an oil-painted collage, is not arranged in the expected glass vase.

“Flowers are often given in acknowledgement of loss, of health, or a loved one,” said Hanselman, a Kettering artist. “Their beauty provides a type healing distraction. Here, the mixed bouquet of life is pieced together, and wrapped in suffering.”

Noyes, who lives in Kettering, was juried in with “Rocky Mountain,” a 16” x 20” oil painting.

“This is a photograph I took many years ago on vacation with my children,” said Noyes, whose wife Laura, is a watercolorist. “I just love that area, and that was my inspiration. I’ve been accepted into the ViewPoint exhibit three previous times, and last year was one of them.”

This marks the 46th year for this annual competition that is sponsored by the Cincinnati Art Club. A variety of awards will be given out, including a $2,000 First Place, $1,000 Second Place, and $750 Third Place. They will be announced at the Artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony on Sept. 13.

The exhibition jurors for ViewPoint 46 were: John Michael Carter, master signature member who also serves on the board of directors of Oil Painters of America; Shaun Dingwerth, executive director of the Richmond Indiana Art Museum; and Chris Leeper, adjunct faculty member at Youngstown State University, and former president of the Ohio Watercolor Society. The awards judge is C.F. Payne, whose artwork has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, and other national periodicals.