Virtual Critiques

Open To All AAWA Members

Virtual Critiques

You will need access to the internet during the critique, and a built-in camera/microphone on your device or a webcam, as we will be using Zoom.

There is a limit of 7 people for each critique group, first come, first served. Please send a message to AAWA on Facebook/Instagram or contact Payton Cook directly to participate.

Spring 2020 Online Juried Exhibit

Our Spring Juried Exhibit was scheduled to be held in the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor from late March through April. Unfortunately, the global COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of the in-person exhibit.

In place of a physical exhibit, we have assembled a virtual exhibit for you here. Please enjoy this slideshow of the beautiful pieces selected by our juror, Ed Kennedy, and read his remarks below.

  • FIRST PLACE: Blooming | Watercolor & Gold Ink | 18x12" | $295 | Tia Sunshine Dye
  • SECOND PLACE: Szabadsag Ter | Watercolor | 14x11" | NFS | Patricia Davenport
  • THIRD PLACE: Girl in the Grass | Fabric and Colored Pencil | 11x14" | $500 | Alessandra Lipman
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Time Can Be So Sweet | Oil | 36x48" | $2250 | Sue Cutler
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Alaskan River of Ice | Photography | 10x30" | $550 | Betsy Finn
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Elizabeth and Her Knots | Oil | 18x9" | $1000 | Brein Harpster
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Heat Wave | Pastel | 18x24" | $1200 | Bob Palmerton
  • Horse Kiss | Oil | 30x30" | Eva Antebi-Lerman
  • Pesticide Casualty Costa Rica | Graphite & Colored Pencil | 21x22" | Judith Bemis
  • Detroit: Andrea & Rooster | Acrylic | 20x20" | Barbara Boyce
  • Traverse City Super Ruben | Acrylic | 21x27" | NFS | Barbara Boyce
  • Segovian Geraniums | Watercolor | 30x24" | $750 | Cheryle Chidester
  • Gifts - Water & Soil | Acrylic | 22x18" | NFS | Mary Eldridge
  • Keweenaw | Acrylic | 14.5x14.5" | $125 | Mary Eldridge
  • Little Boy Blue | Digital Painting | 16x16" | NFS | Betsy Finn
  • National Park: Portugal | Collagraph | 18x32" | $355 | Kath Frajbis
  • Hocking Hills | Woodcut | 16x22" | $425 | Dennis Gordon
  • Jennabelle in Peachy Pink | Oil | 13.5x10.5" | $450 | Catherine Hetherington
  • Cabbage | Watercolor | 12x16" | $225 | Aiko Holt
  • Contemplation | Pastel | 12x10" | NFS | Marie Howard
  • Beatnik Dave | Linocut Print | 11.5x9.5" | NFS | Faith Jasmund
  • Frida | Charcoal | 25.5x21.5" | NFS | Faith Jasmund
  • Vibrant City | Pastel | 12x9" | $425 | Linda Klenczar
  • Tree of Life | Colored Pencil | 36x11" | $480 | Laila Kujala
  • Berries | Photography | 11x14" | $250 | Pamela Lindberg
  • Sunflower | Photography | 11x14" | $250 | Pamela Lindberg
  • Inubiyori 200110 | Watercolor | 10x7" | NFS | Yoshiko Mishina
  • Summer Explosion | Watercolor | 20x26" | $450 | Mary Murphy
  • Bromeliads | Watercolor | 15x14" | $300 | Nancy Murray
  • Going Home | Photography | 24x16" | $250 | Ann O'Hagan
  • Purple Mountain Majesty | Pastel | 12x18" | $800 | Bob Palmerton
  • Iris in the Sun | Watercolor | 10x10" | $225 | Teri Pattison
  • Summer: A Rose is a Rose | Watercolor Crayon | 24x18" | $450 | Carole Pawloski
  • Yellow Light Day and Time | Mixed Media | 9x12" | NFS | Brittany Roden
  • Mexican Sunflowers | Mosaic | 17x17" | $350 | Lynlee Sky
  • Jordyn in a Mood | Graphite Pencil | 23x18" | NFS | Karen Smith
  • Interiors | Acrylic | 16x12" | NFS | Laurie Wechter
  • The Assignment | Oil | 25x19.5" | NFS | Bob Wesley
  • Dad is Snoozing | Oil | 25x20" | $500 | Lesli Weston
  • Burntside Evening | Photography | 15.5x23.5" | $325 | James Whiteside


Juror’s Statement

The AAWA show is challenging as a judge, not only because of the number of high quality works submitted, but also due to the variety of media and subject matter.  My criteria for selecting artwork for inclusion into the show as well as selecting awards were based on fundamentals that I believe transcends both medium and subject matter.  For me, the first criteria being overall impact.  The work must capture my attention.  It should hold my attention and want me to explore the work longer, moving my eye throughout the work.  The work should illustrate good design principles.  It does not matter if the artwork is a sculpture, photograph, painting or a drawing.  Design matters.  I look to see if the artist has good command of their selected medium such as good drawing skills, the use of color, understanding of edges, texture, material, value, etc.  For example, photographs should show that the artist understands focus, exposure, etc. Drawings should demonstrate an understanding of line, shading, proportion, etc.  Even so, there still remains preferences that each judge may have, including me. So do not be discouraged if your work was not selected into the show or if you did not win an award.  All of the work I reviewed was wonderful and perhaps next time….

Notes on the award winners:

1st place – Blooming:  This work checks all the boxes.  The design is well thought out.  The relative position of the heads, the gaze of the eyes, the use of flowers all help orchestrate movement of your eye through out the painting.  The artist also understands color and in particular its restraint.  Drawings and proportions are spot on.  A wonderful work.

2nd place – Szabadsag:  The artist captures the feeling of light and atmoshere on a warm fall day.  There is an understanding of perspective and design that invites the viewer into the painting.  It has a wonderful color harmony that enhances the subject.  It certainly reminds me of a fall day in Ann Arbor and I would love to go sit on that bench.

3rd place – Girl on the Grass:  This work is well executed.  Although a simple subject (a girl on grass) the artist understands design and can draw.  The background compliments the subject and heightens attention on the girl.  The variety of texture and shapes adds interest without distracting from the focal point. I can only imagine how the actual texture of the fabric would add to the overall feel of this work.  Well done.

Congratulations to all of the winners:

  • First Place: “Blooming” by Tia Dye Sunshine
  • Second Place: “Szadbag Ter” by Patricia Davenport
  • Third Place: “Girl on the Grass” by Alessandra Lipman
  • Honorable Mention: “Alaskan River of Ice” by Betsy Finn
  • Honorable Mention: “Elizabeth and Her Knots” by Brein Harpster
  • Honorable Mention: “Time Can Be So Sweet” by Sue Cutler
  • Honorable Mention: “Heat Wave” by Bob Palmerton

Cancellation of AAWA Events

Updated on 5.1.2020

Greetings Members~

In order to protect our AAWA community we are continuing to put our public events on hold.

Among the events that have been cancelled in response to the Covid-19 pandemic are the upcoming AAWA membership meeting on May 3 and the field trip which would have taken place next month.

The AAWA Spring Juried show was suspended because the of social distancing guidelines. You can now view the show with the juried results on this website.

All of our social events and classes have been temporarily suspended and we are busy working on some digital alternatives. Online critiques will be opening soon. Learn more Virtual Critiques Blog Post. Programs may also be available online if deemed necessary.

Please bear with us as we work through the rescheduling of our programs and events for the upcoming season. We are hoping to put out a tentative schedule for the fall of 2020. These events will of course be subject to the pandemic rules and guidelines as we go forward. We will keep you updated through the website and the AAWA email newsletters.

Please stay well and I look forward to gathering again for the purpose of Art when we can do so safely.

Patricia Davenport
AAWA President