Last night I participated in the 2011 Art Gala at the North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh, NC. The format of the show was unlike any other that I have been a part of. Thirty paintings were selected by Linda Johnson Dougherty who is one of the curators at the North Carolina Museum of Art (I was fortunate enough to have Whitewater Falls #3 selected for this show). The juried paintings were all displayed in the room leading into the main ballroom of the country club. Those artists that were juried into the show had the opportunity to set up in an approximate 10x10' area to show other works.
The show lasted just 3 hours, but during that time my booth had many visitors. Overall the event was very well attended and alot of fun. Pat and George Wallace did a great job organizing the event. The event is only in its third year, It made me happy when George remarked this was the best yet!
At around 8:00 the awards were given for the juried show. Constance Pappalardo won first place for her Desert Skies (shown). This is a striking work that is well deserved of first place.
I am looking forward to applying for the show again in 2012. Alot of fun, nice people. and so close to home.