BluSeed Studios announces ‘Abstraction’ winners

Best in Show: John Cullen’s “Mosaic Waters VII” (Photo provided)

SARANAC LAKE — BluSeed Studios has announced the winners of its sixth annual “Abstraction” art exhibit.

The exhibit features abstract works in a wide variety of media including paintings, collage, photography and mixed media. More than thirty artists from the North Country and across the state of New York submitted their works.

“I am really impressed with the quality of the work that was submitted. This is an ‘open call’ exhibit and we have been thrilled with the quality of artwork,” BluSeed Studios’s Artistic Director Carol Marie Vossler said of this year’s exhibit. “Abstraction fulfills BluSeed’s mission, in part, by allowing artists to diverge and experiment and bring a diverse aesthetic to the community.”

Artistic Director Scott Renderer of the Upper Jay Art Center was the award juror.

“I took a purist’s stance on abstraction which resulted in the task of eliminating some strong works of art,” Renderer said.

Steven Harris’s “Sphere Studies IV” (Photo provided)

He went on to congratulate all the artists who contributed to this exhibition.

“Everyone is a winner, especially the community and visitors who can view this exhibit during public gallery hours six days a week,” BluSeed Operations Director Kathleen Recchia said.

Four works were awarded prizes at the opening reception on Friday, June 1: Best in Show, First Place, Honorable Mention, and a People’s Choice Award.

Best in Show went to John Cullen for his mixed media piece “Mosaic Waters VII.” First place was given to Steven Harris for his “Sphere Studies IV.” Honorable Mention went to Ellen Few Anderson for her acrylic painting “Transformation Series (Orange) #17.”

Attendees at the opening reception selected Beckie O’Neill’s photograph “Melange” as the popular People’s Choice award.

Abstraction runs through June 30 in the Gallery Space at BluSeed Studios.

BluSeed Studios is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide space and opportunities where artists and educators collaborate, experiment, diverge, exhibit and perform.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., or by appointment.

For more information, call 518-891-3799 or visit www.bluseedstudios.org.

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