LIMA — More than a first robin sighting, spring is officially here when ArtSpace/Lima opens its annual Spring Show.
And this year, the show boasts 52 pieces from 34 artists within a 100-mile radius of Lima.
“The quality of this show, as anticipated, is very high,” said Bill Sullivan, operations manager for ArtSpace. “The show typically draws from the best of the best, and this year we’ve also drawn from a few locations we’ve never drawn from before."
Judges Charlotte Gordon and Julie Byrne narrowed the pieces hanging in the Ellen Nelson Gallery from the 148 pieces entered from 60 local artists.
“This really is a highly selective show. About one in three pieces made it into the show,” Sullivan said.
The entries were in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, digital art and mixed media. The work had to have been completed in the last three years.
As in the past years, pieces that don’t make the initial cut are re-judged with an opportunity to hang upstairs in the ArtZone, at a Salon de Refusees.
“That’s a 19th century tradition, the salon of the refused. In this case, the 25 pieces there are a second chance for artists to show,” Sullivan said.
And getting that opportunity is what the spring show is all about.
“One of ArtSpace’s mission statements is to provide a venue to show local artists,” Sullivan said. And this month, local art is hanging in the Ellen Nelson Gallery, ArtZone, in the lobby and the front window.