LAUREL — Glen Burnie artist Kathy Daywalt took first place at the 49th Annual Laurel Art Guild Open Juried Exhibition reception held on March 11 at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel.
Daywalt, a working artist whose works have been recognized in numerous juried exhibitions and one-person shows, won for her watercolor, “The Favored One.” Juror Lois Wolford pored over more than 120 pieces of work to select the 60 pieces shown in the exhibition, and said she loved Daywalt’s use of patterns and shapes and the whimsical figures depicted. “It makes you interested in these two women and what is going on in their world.”
For the past five years, Daywalt has studied the effect of watercolor on Yupo, a plastic originally used for permanent outdoor signs. “The plastic resists the paint, and you have to work to get it to accept it,” said the artist who says she finds textures and patterns fascinating.
The annual exhibit showcases works by artists ages 18 and older who live in the Washington metropolitan area and includes paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, collages and more. For Ibrahim Harris, 25, who graduated from Towson State University in December, his “Still Life” on oil in the exhibition is his first juried show.
“I am excited to be here because this show is very prestigious,” Harris said.
Harris mingled with many of the other artists at the reception who were waiting to hear whether their names would be called to receive one of the awards that came with cash prizes ranging from $75 to $250.
As Wolford announced the six awards, including three honorable mentions, she based on whether the works were well designed, whether they captured a mood and the thoughtful use of color.
“I went over the works several times. There are a lot of impressive pieces.”
The three honorable mention winners were Roxana Sinex, “View From Above”; Perry Douros, “Schizoid Paradigm”; and John Cholod, “Tuesday Morning,” The third prize went to Sally Davies for “Time Travel,” and the second prize went to Karash Payne for “Hesitant.”
Melissa Price, vice president of the guild, said: “I believe that this is one of our strongest exhibits ever. I have gotten so many compliments today on the quality of the works in this show.”
The exhibit runs through March 31 at the Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd.