LIMA — ArtSpace/Lima is honoring tradition while implementing creative solutions for its annual Juried Photography Exhibition. It opens Saturday and continues through Feb. 6.
The photo club, which has disbanded, formerly organized this show, and ArtSpace has chosen to continue it and its associated cash awards, said ArtSpace/Lima Executive Director Sally Windle.
The show will be approached in an art show style, meaning awards will be given for Best of Show, First, Second and Third Place, Black and White and Color categories, Youth Category and “This is 2020.” In the past, the photo show was organized by categories, like landscapes and portraits. There are 126 works by 36 artists. Photographers were allowed to submit up to seven photos.
Juror Sally Hobbib Rumman is an artist based in Perrysburg who works in both 2D and 3D art and photography. She holds an MFA in sculpture and design.
“She did a really nice job and approached it in the way that we felt was good in not only finding the quality in the photography technique and skill, but then also in composition. You know, the art elements were also honored as well,” Windle said. “And you’ve got to have that eye. That really changes everything. And it’s recognized by people who have that eye. People can look at (the photo) and it stops them for a minute.”
Hobbib Rumman shared a statement about the show, here in part:
“When I look at a work, I am looking for something beyond technique, composition, presentation and craftsmanship. These are a given. I am looking for a quality that reaches beyond that, the evocation of emotion, message or meaning. I look at how the artist sees the world, be it using documentation, realism, impressionistic or nonobjective imagery. The determinant of great photography embodies all of these qualities.”
Another new approach ArtSpace is taking is using its three floors to its advantage.
“We’ve made new gallery spaces. We’ve got the artwork in the lobby areas. So there’s enough room that people can socially distance, but it’s not goint to be as if we have to count people to go into rooms; they’ll be able to do that naturally, because there’s all the work in lots of different areas,” Windle said. “They don’t have to hurry out of an area. They can really look and concentrate on all the pieces. It won’t be as if they’ve got this in the back of their mind that they’ve only got so much time to spend in one area. They can leisurely browse and take it all in.”
Award winners will be noted on the labels, with winners and subject matter arranged across all the gallery spaces. The third floor space, which was storage, is continuing to be improved. New gallery lights are coming.
“We spread them out for safety reasons, not because someone has a privilege or we’re trying to hide somebody,” Windle said. “We want every piece of artwork to be honored, to look the best it possibly can.”
Masks are required and are available at the gallery. An elevator is available.
There will be no opening reception due to the pandemic, but the gallery’s hours have been expanded to align with other businesses downtown. Visit 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
LIMA — ArtSpace/Lima’s annual Juried Photography Exhibition will open Jan. 9 and continue through Feb. 6 at the downtown gallery, 65 Town Square, Lima. 419-222-1721
The show will feature more than 100 works by 36 artists. The photographs will hang in four galleries on three floors at ArtSpace to allow for social distancing.
The exhibit will be open during ArtSpace/Lima’s newly expanded hours, which are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.