Hosted by Vincent Carnegie and Geosystems Inc. in Glendale, the annual show and contest is an opportunity for members of the Burbank Art Assn. to share their work with the local public and receive feedback from experts and colleagues.
The association has been serving the community since 1950 and provides a forum for anyone to learn or teach in various workshops scheduled throughout the year. Beginners, teachers and professionals are represented in the spring show.
The association categorized this event into the Open and the Honors divisions. Each division awarded a Best in Show, first, second, third places, and an honorable mention.
The Best in Show in the Open Division was awarded to Rick Karp for his work titled "A Piece of the Past." The mixed-media piece consists of a large wooden peace sign (play on words in the title) painted red, white and blue, filled with imagery from the hippie movement. Beatles, Haight-Ashbury and drug references are layered in a collage that is energetic and interesting to visually dissect.
The art show juror selected "Vista del Mar," a rocky seascape by artist Arline Helm as Best in Show for the Honors Division. Helm masterfully controls the watercolor medium using a rough cold press paper as her ground, which adds an interesting organic texture. I would love to see this piece framed in something equally organic as an extension of the image.
A wonderful example of extending a work of art beyond its ground is my personal Best in Show "Silence," an abstract work by Armineh Teimourian. The background canvas is an acrylic wash of brown, orange and red, with a tree-root-like protuberance bursting vertically out of the canvas.