Made in Florida 2013, an exhibit of forty-one works created by members of the Florida Craftsmen organization, opened at the Gadsden Arts Center last Friday evening with the announcement of the winners of the show.
Juror Mark Lindquist, a craftsman himself who creates unique sculptures in wood, said of the show: “These small institutions and art centers are the glue that binds a community together. It was tough to choose (winners) because these works have already been juried just to get into the show. When I first got these works it was without artists’ names or anything about them. Much of these works transcends just being made well and are artistic as well.”
As he walked around the gallery, he identified his selections. Lucrezia Bieler’s Barefoot in the Wild, a black and white intricate scene made from cut paper, was named Best in Show. A painting on silk of orchids, Orchid Cascades, locked in first place. In second place was Lesley Nolan’s glass sculpture of a dancer, Bits and Pieces. Julie Price took third place with her earthenware sculpture, Barren. Honorable Mention was given to Robyn Pelszynski for her fiber jacket, Stone Harbor. John Snyder’s stoneware sculpture, Shino Black was also given Honorable Mention.
Of Bieler’s cut paper piece, Lindquist said, “Staggering, stunning!” He liked the painting on silk that he named first place. Lindquist said the glass works of Lesley Nolan were intriguing in the shadows they threw on the walls. “Julie Price’s Barren bridges the gap (between crafts and art) and crossed over into art work. A worker works with his hands. A craftsman works with his hands and head. An artist works with his hands, head and heart.”
The show may be seen in the Gadsden Arts Center’s Sara May Love Gallery in Quincy through October 5th and includes several woodturning pieces by Mark Lindquist.
"Over four decades, Lindquist's work has been labeled as groundbreaking, innovative, and pioneering. Lindquist has pushed the boundaries of 'the establishment' and paved his own way into the highest echelons of the fine art world," said GAC's curator Angie Barry.