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Annual Art Speaks on the Bay opening reception is May 6

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Artist Jan Finn Duffy with her watercolor at the 2016 Art Speaks on the Bay show

The Bay School Community Arts Center will host its 5th Annual Art Speaks on the Bay Juried Art Show from May 6 through June 3. The show, featuring 84 Virginia artists from 50 cities and towns across the state, will open with a reception on Saturday, May 6, at 4 p.m. in the Art Speaks Gallery at the Bay School, 279 Main Street, Mathews. The public is invited to attend.

The Bay School is honored to have Jeffrey W. Allison as juror and judge of the show. Allison is the Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Manager of Statewide Programs and Exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and a professional photographer. As juror, he selected 95 two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces from 358 entries to be featured in the show. The works represent a diverse and inspired collection of art in over 25 artistic media.  

As judge, Allison will select winning pieces from the group and will award $5,000 in cash prizes to the artists at the opening reception. In addition to the Best in Show and three prizes in both 2-D and 3-D media, Allison will select a Founder’s Award, honoring Faye and Jack Jackson. This prize is sponsored by Wendy Wells-Finn and Patrick Finn. Wendy was the founder of the Bay School in 1997. Without her tireless efforts, the doors of the school would have never opened.

In addition to this prize, other awards include a Students’ Choice Award, two Purchase Awards and 10 Awards of Merit.

Allison holds a BA in photography from Virginia Intermont College and MFA in photography and film from VCU. He has been curator of numerous exhibitions throughout the Commonwealth. He currently teaches Advanced Photography and the History of Photography at the VMFA and has taught for over 30 years at colleges and universities across Virginia. Allison was the consultant on the Discovery Channel series “Ancient Origins of Native Americans.” His awards include the 2010 John Kent Shumate Advocate of the Year. His photographic works are in numerous collections including Capital One.  

The Bay School, a non-profit community art school and gallery, is at 279 Main Street in Mathews and is supported in part by Mathews County, Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Dominion Foundation, Davenport & Company, and Chesapeake Bank.

posted 04.26.2017

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