Matthews Artists Guild hosts art show at Presbyterian Hospital Matthews
Visitors to Presbyterian Hospital Matthews will get a visual frenzy until March 23.
That’s when the Matthews Artists Guild will end an almost month-long art show in the lobby of the hospital at 1500 Matthews Township Pkwy.
Debbie Yacenda, co-president of the guild, said the free art show is just one way that the organization hopes to get people interested in art.
“Our goal is to promote the arts and try to get people interested,” she said. “Anyone who has an interest (in art), we accept them and we try to generate as much interest as possible.”
There are 43 entrants and more than 80 works in this year’s hospital art show. The show is open only to Matthews Artists Guild members. While the show accepts two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, this year only two-dimensional arts were entered.
The show is a mix of photography and paintings of various mediums from watercolors to acrylics. The works are displayed on panels situated throughout the lobby. For $25, guild members could submit up to two works. The money raised is used to present awards to show winners, monthly meeting guest speakers and other guild activities.
Winners of this year’s show were selected by Harris Holt, owner of Harris Holt Framing in Charlotte.
First place winner was “Heritage,” a watercolor painting by Sharron Burns. She won $300 for her work at the March 1 opening reception. Second place winner “Daisy in Rain,” a photo by Jennifer Benton, won $200 and “The Lemon Tree,” an oil painting by Prudy Weaver, won $100 in third place.
Four achievement awards were given to artists for outstanding works and included Russell Smith’s oil painting “Quentin Roosevelt,” Mike Thomas’ watercolor “Pick me, pick me,” Reg Narmour’s watercolor “Lemonade Stand” and Paula Hemsley’s pastel “Basket Maker.”
Honorable mentions were Barbara Jimison’s watercolor “One Saturday Morning,” Jewel Baldwin’s watercolor “Nyhavn Harbour,” Jean Yates’ watercolor “White and Black” and Lynn Kera’s mixed media painting “Transcendence.”
Gift certificates were provided to the achievement award and honorable mention winners by Binders and Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.
If you see artwork you’d like to purchase, call the number of the artist, located on a card next to the artwork, and make arrangements directly with them, Yacenda said. The hospital is allowing the artists to sell their artwork commission-free, a practice that is highly unusual, she added.
Want to know more?
Find more information online about the Matthews Artists Guild at www.matthewsartistsguild.blogspot.com. Membership is $25 per year. Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Matthews Community Center. The guild also hosts special workshops. The next workshop will be an Alcohol Ink workshop on March 15 from 1 to 4 p.m.