Piedmont Virginian magazine is sponsoring a juried art exhibit in Rappahannock this fall to showcase the talent of artists living in the Piedmont. “The Piedmont is a special place for artists to live and gain inspiration,” said Walter Nicklin, publisher of Piedmont Virginian. “We are pleased to have a role in perpetuating the careers and aspirations of these artists.”
River District Arts in Sperryville will host and curate the two-month Piedmont Virginian Artist Showcase, on display Oct. 5 through Nov. 30. The two-year-old venue is an artist collective with nine working studios, an artisans market and two exhibiting galleries that host local and regional exhibitions year-round. “Piedmont Virginian has been a stellar advocate for the arts,” said Jim Allmon, RDA’s art and marketing director. “They regularly feature articles on artists and fine art venues. They also publish a Guide to the Arts each fall. We are delighted to partner with them on this exhibit.”
To “recruit” artists for the exhibit, a Call for Artists was announced in the magazine’s spring issue. “To submit art for consideration, artists should go to riverdistrictarts.org/piedmontvirginian,” Allmon said. “Artists creating paintings and three-dimensional art in the 12 counties composing the Piedmont can submit.”
The counties are Albermarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Prince William and Rappahannock.
Jurors for the Piedmont Virginia Artist Showcase are Donald Allen Mosher, Gary Robertson and Maggie Siner.
Mosher is one of New England’s most acclaimed plein air painters. Mosher is the recipient of more than 200 awards for his watercolor and oil paintings, and is a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, New England Watercolor Society, the Copley Society, International Society of Marine Painters, and New York’s Salmagundi Club.
An illustrator, muralist, trompe l’oiel and Americana artist, Robertson has created works for such notable places as Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Historic Charleston, Mystic Seaport, Biltmore Estate, Sturbridge Village, the University of Virginia and the White House.
Siner, a master of paint and a devoted teacher, has influenced a generation of painters. She has been on the faculty of l’Institut Americain Universitaire and the Lacoste School of Art in France, a visiting professor at Xiamen University in China, artist in residence at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and dean of faculty at the Washington Studio School. Her works are part of hundreds of private collections around the world.
Artists may submit up to five images of their work for the jury – by April 30. A $500 cash prize for best of show will be awarded at an artists reception Oct. 12. All the artists selected for the exhibit will be featured in the summer issue of Piedmont Virginian.