ArtSquared was a blast! I participated in Walla Walla's 5th year of sponsoring the event. 100 artists entered, displaying over a total of 1,000 works! (Wowzer!) On top of the multitude of 6" x 6" pieces, there was a Juried portion of works. This portion allowed framed pieces to be viewed and judged with possibility of award. I also was part of an artist interview conducted for this event, which you can view here.
I am grateful to announce that I won the People's Choice Award for my illustrative piece, Vesta, during the juried portion of ArtSquared! This award was determined by viewer vote; and I couldn't be more excited to have been chosen! (Thank you!)
Ink, graphite, gouache, and watercolor or cold-pressed watercolor paper
Vesta was created with both Roman mythology and current events in mind. This piece is named after the Roman goddess, Vesta, whom embodied the Roman people's hearth and home. She was personified by the fire that was kept alive by the Vestals within her temple. As the historical nature of civilization would have it, the grand Roman Empire eventually fell. Here, I liken the fall of Rome to our own impending demise. The goddess's flames couldn't be more fitting with the onslaught of climate change stretching fire seasons and cultivating drought in the state of Washington. I'm embarrassed to say that my personal hearth and home, America, is not leading in the face of climate change and thus, we too may end up in ruins.
6"x 6" Section
I entered 10 pieces into the 6" x 6" section. All of these little guys were done with ink, tea, watercolor, and gauche. (You can see the process of creating these works here) Each piece was priced at a casual $38.00, with a portion of the proceeds allotted to Walla Walla's art education system. I went with a fun and simple theme; Walla Walla life! I did some quick illustrative renderings of plant and animal life commonly found in the Walla Walla Valley. Each illustration is finished with a custom postage-like stamp featuring our town name, postal code, and longitude x latitude.
Thank again to everyone who came out to ArtSquared! This event raised over $29,000 for art education in the Walla Walla school districts. I'm so proud of my fellow artists and patrons for their participation!