“Petting Zoo”

Robert Burridge Studio
Virtual Juried Show
Opening Night – Saturday August 8

To view the Petting Zoo on our Opening Night please click here on Saturday 8/8 to join the FaceBook page. Enjoy the very wonderful and imaginative artwork!.

Petting Zoo AWARDS!

We congratulate all the award winners and thank everyone for entering Petting Zoo, our first virtual juried show.

Many Thanks to Linda Kemp, our juror; our generous sponsors for awards and to Dillman’s, our non profit sponsor.

Opening Night is Saturday, August 8!

List of Awards

Best of Show • Holbein
Michelle Henderson-Topp
Don’t Ever Change

Juror’s Award • Burridge Studio
Robin Wiesneth
Wren the Pirate

Merit Award • Cheap Joe’s
Janet Foutz
Brown and White Dog

Merit Award • Vermont Art Supply
Lorraine Page

Merit Award • Vermont Art Supply
Elizabeth St Hilaire

Merit Award • Ampersand Art
Josie Mendelsohn
The Hunt

Merit Award • Citra Solv
Ken Goldman
Study in Contrasts

Honorable Mention • Big Squeeze
•Charles Holt, Bear
•Christina Haylett, Soul Mates
•Edwina May, Miss Penney
•Kathryn Hansen, Winging It
•Kimberly Kelly Santini, Totem
•Linda Branch Dunn, Naptime
•Olga Hegner, Little Dog with Dark Eyes
•Ryan Biryukov, Entry 1
•Roxanne Fawcett, Donkey Blues
•Yvonne Joyner, Little Girl with Piglet

Special Commendation • Linda Kemp
•BJ Anderson, Caribou
•Brenda Cretney, Sammy
•Frankie Johnson, Two’s Company
•Helen Green, Dutch Rabbits with Poppies
•Jane Walker, Koala Cutie
•Judy Shreve, Walter
•Larry Brandstetter, You Had Me at Woof
•Lynn Davis, Prince, The Rescued Alpaca
•Marie Panlener, Owl
•Mary Boettcher, A Whale of a Tale

Special Commendation • Bob Burridge
•Judy Rider, Just Us Chickens
•Jack Loeb, Your Majesty
•Patsy Heller, Wyatt
•Valerie Saldanha, Fascinated by a Voice
•Susan Hess, My Fat Cat
•Haidar Art, Untitled
•Saroja Joy, Zen Master
•Jan Raven Stitt, Walking with a Friend
•Lisa Pace, Maui Turtle for Mom
•Marnelle North, A Bit Crowded

Juror’s Statement, Petting Zoo

I once heard a wise man hypothesize that the most difficult job in the world would be selecting the winner of a “Most Beautiful Baby Contest” at the local fair. He reasoned that everyone believes their baby is the most beautiful and, since it would be community affair, the juror was sure to find himself in a lot of trouble! Along that line of thought, it seems to me, that judging a competition of paintings of people’s pets, and any assortment of animals, runs a close second.

The birds and animals in our lives hold a special place in our hearts. The warmth and love we feel is expressed in each painting in this exhibition. Each artist has made a connection with their subject and it shows!

As juror, I was set to the task of presenting seventeen awards to an offering of about 950 paintings. Unfortunately, although I love and appreciate many of these works, there just aren’t enough awards to give you each the special recognition that I would like to bestow!

As artists we visually express our intimate thoughts, ideas, personalities and interpretations through our artworks. We create for ourselves, for our own reasons, so perhaps the true judgment of the success of the work should be left up to the individual artist. However, in a juried exhibition, success is determined according to a juror’s standards and criteria. As you peruse the selection of artwork in this exhibition, I would like to provide some insight into the qualities that I was looking for as I decided which pieces would receive awards.

I always strive to present a show that is diverse in style, medium and skill level. I look for artworks which have been executed with sincerity, honesty, creativity, good design and creative use of colour. A unique vision wins my favour before technical skill and I have a hard time resisting artwork that displays a sense of place or captures a fleeting moment. I also enjoy being caught off guard by a piece that I find humorous.

This collection is filled with wonderful surprises. Selecting the awards was a big job and I hope that as you choose your personal favourites that you will agree with me on at least one or two. In making my selection there were some tough decisions. To ease that the disappointment, Bob and Kate graciously expanded the number of awards and you will find a number of extra commendations.

Although I have not made comments on each painting, if you find a little “LOVE” clicked on your painting, from me, you will know that yours made it as far as the final elimination round.

Congratulations to each contributor, it was a pleasure to judge your wonderful creations. Thank you to Bob and Kate for inviting me to juror this delightful Petting Zoo Collection.

Linda Kemp

Juror, Linda Kemp
Linda Kemp is internationally recognized for her unique, contemporary watercolours and acrylics. Her innovative use of negative painting is the focus of her two best-selling books, Watercolour Painting Outside the Lines and Simplifying Design and Colour For Artists.

She is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC), the Ontario Society of Artists and the Society of Canadian Artists. Her award-winning paintings are in collections around the world, including The Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. She is the recipient of the Woman of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture and the A.J. Casson Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Water Colour.
Linda instructs at symposiums and workshops throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and France. She has served as juror for numerous national and international exhibitions. www.lindakemp.com

Nonprofit Sponsor – Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation
The mission of Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation (DCAF) is to bring cultural enrichment and educational opportunities in fine arts to northern Wisconsin and beyond. In 1923, the Peterson family purchased the White Sand Lake peninsula in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. In 1934, Dillman’s Bay Resort was founded, a year-round resort handed down through four generations.  Sue (Peterson) and Denny Robertson operate the resort together with their children, Stephanie Skotterud and Scott Robertson. Denny, an accomplished artist, envisioned bringing world-class art workshops to northern Wisconsin. Beginning in 1978, workshops were offered; they quickly gained popularity, and the nonprofit DCAF was established. DCAF offers an average 35 workshops annually, serving approximately 200 students aged 25-80 years.