Group Exhibit

November 6, 2015 - January 10, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday November 6, 2015  6-10PM

The Jackson Junge Gallery proudly presents a special group exhibition titled Best in Show. The exhibition opens to the public with an artist’s reception on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 6-10PM and runs until January 10, 2016.

Anatole France said, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Best in Show is a collection of work that is sure to awaken the soul by appealing to the animal lover in all of us.  Whether it is the pets that share our individual living spaces, the ones that we visit at a zoo or in the wild, they all impact humanity and our daily lives.

Best in Show explores the depiction of animals through multiple mediums.  Kate Hoyer's god paintings capture "man's best friend" through a kaleidoscope of pinstripes.   At first glance they appear psychedelic and surreal, yet there is so much emotion portrayed in each of her model’s eyes.  Anne Leuck Feldhaus reflects the joy and humor dogs bring to our lives in her  stylized portraits while Dave Szpunar’s photographs capture dogs immersed in city life.    

More exotic animals also make an appearance at Best in Show.  Rita Dianni-Kaleel dynamically portrays a cheetah in “Camouflage” set against a powerful red backdrop. Dimitri Pavlotsky’s textured canvases, in vivid pastel colors and expressionism, bring to life a ram and a stag in his work “Interpreting the Mood” and “Private Space.” Ilie Vaduva developed his own mixed media style incorporating white ink and thin layers of oil paint to brilliantly abstract the presence of two eagles in his large scale “Eagle Head Mirror”. 

The collection of work in the Best in Show exhibition isn’t limited to the walls. Gallery artist, Audry Cramblit, exhibits a new series of bronze and ceramic horses while Staci Sterenberg adds a touch of whimsy to the show with her delightful mosaic sculptures.

Best in Show runs November 6, 2015 – January 10, 2016 and is curated by Gallery Director Chris Jackson, Assistant Director Scott Renfro and artist Laura Junge.

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