Juried Art show goes live Sunday

Published 11:04 pm Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Selma Art Guild’s Juried Summer Show participant Michael Sims, helps to hang one of several pieces of artwork in preparation for Sunday’s grand opening. In it’s 26th year, the show will be held inside the Selma Art Guild located at 508 Selma Ave., from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. First through third place and “Best of Show” prizes totaling nearly $2,000 will also be awarded. The event is free and open to the public. Artwork will also be on sale. -- Desiree Taylor

Butterflies, smiling children or abstract images rivaling that of Picasso or da Vinci, are just some of the artwork you’ll see at the Selma Art Guild’s Juried Summer Show this Sunday.

The show to take place from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., will offer a variety of art mediums from artists across Alabama. Sally Jordan, art guild president, said even with this year’s change to artwork on CD, responses from the public have been wonderful.

“We have about 30 different artists and about 88 different submissions,” Jordan said. “I’m always excited to see what people have — it’s stimulating. The interior has even been repainted in preparation for the show.”

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First, second, third and “Best of Show” prizes totaling nearly $2,000 will be awarded around 3 p.m.

Michael Sims, Auburn University and Yale graduate for theatre set and costume design, has participated in past shows and said this year’s show is something he looks forward to.

“There are pieces people would want to take home,” Sims said. “I’ve won and sold a few things, and this show is a great outlet to sell my work.”

Sims, who considers his work to be “19th Century Classicism,” said he doesn’t like to be categorized by specific style in his work. When looking at others’ artwork, Sims said he looks for composition and unusual subject matter.

“I learn to carefully record the subject and its detail without a lot of personal interpretation,” Sims said. “I admire people who’ve mastered their particular medium. What’s so good about the art guild is seeing unique viewpoints — people who observe the world around them and don’t chase after what’s hot at the moment.”

Jordan said almost all of the artwork presented during the show will be for sale by the artists.

“Wouldn’t you want to have original artwork as opposed to copies of original pieces?” Jordan said. “Originality is what makes for a good show.”

Sunday’s show, which is in its 26th year, is free and open to the public.