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"Huge amount of energy" on display in Courtland

June 23, 2014

By Lia Russell, The Virginian-Pilot



June 23--A juried art show, "Emerging II," at the Rawls Museum Arts in Courtland earlier this month featured a variety of work from regional artists.

Nancy Kinzinger, who judged the entries, is the former director of the Suffolk Art Gallery and Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

Kinzinger, a practicing artist and independent curator who lives in Portsmouth, said the show was very strong, with a nice variety of media. The winning pieces, by Peter Geiger (first), Santa DeHaven (second) and Lana Stephens (third), emanated a "huge amount of energy," she said.

"They talked to me right off the bat. That is always the way that I select top winners in a show," Kinzinger said. "I try to give everything its significant attention and it's a thinking process, but it's also an emotional process."

The best in show, a large abstract oil and enamel painting entitled "Triptych," is an abstract by Norfolk resident and art instructor Geiger, who has placed in other juried shows at the Rawls.

"The piece was very fresh," Kinzinger said. "I tend not to like large pieces, but in this case the size is very appropriate for the technique."

DeHaven's second-place win was for two pieces, "Dance #3" and "Dance #4," pastel figure drawings on paper. Kinzinger said the Midlothian resident's work had wonderful movement and line.

Third place went to Virginia Beach resident Lana Stephens for two pieces, "Burst," a charcoal drawing with resin and "Winter," a charcoal and resin piece under a blown glass dome.

Geiger won a $400 first-place prize and is eligible for a solo show at the gallery during the 2015 season. Second place received $200 and third place, $100. Honorable mentions went to Erlene Hendrix, Jayson Lowrey, Millie Youngblood Horner and John Terrell.

"This is a fun show because it highlights what our area offers and the talent of the people who live in this region," said Leigh Anne Chambers, director of the Rawls.

All the works entered in the show will be on exhibit through July 11.

"The Rawls is a wonderful, beautiful venue," Kinzinger said. "I think it's a jewel."

Lia Russell, 222-5562, lia.russell@pilotonline.com

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if you go

What "Emerging II" juried art exhibit

When Through July 11

Where Rawls Museum Arts, 22376 Linden St., Courtland

Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri.;1-5 p.m. Tues., Sat., Sun.

Cost Free

Info Visit www.RawlsArts.com or call 653-0754 or 888-215-7450.

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