For established and emerging artists, the Landfall Foundation’s 17th Annual Art Show and Sale is a big chance for 100 participants to show off their talents in the spacious Dye Clubhouse.
Martha Edgerton, chair of the event, said the art submitted is fabulous and shows a wide array of styles, sizes, mediums, and colors. On August 25-27, the show and sale is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to the public with no cover charge. From 5-7 p.m. each evening, the clubhouse will feature a cash bar.
Last year’s art show garnered $330,000 for the Landfall Foundation to give grant applicants, which included a new air conditioning unit for the Community Boys and Girls Club in Wilmington, structural repairs to the Bellamy Mansion, and scholarships for employees working at Landfall. (To apply for a grant, go to the Landfall Foundation web site, www.landfallfoundation.org.)
This year’s entries will be judged by Dan Beck who won the gold medal for his outdoor figure, “A Warm Breeze,” in 2011 and the best signature honorable mention in 2016 from the Oil Painters of America. His vast body of work spans galleries from California to South Carolina, and he now teaches art in Wilmington at his Castle Street studio. A real fan of art, Beck is excited about judging, but says the process is difficult because of the varied media.
“An artist judges a show according to what he likes,” he explained. “For me, the art has to demonstrate more than mastered technique. It has to elicit an emotional response.”
Two of the artists in the Landfall show, expressive and demonstrative with thoughtful works, are veteran Sandy Nelson and newcomer William T. Hubbard. Nelson, whose work was published in two 2011 books, “Best Of America/Oil Artists” and “100 Southern Artists,” teaches classes at Landfall’s clubhouse. Her portraits and landscapes are included in over 60 corporate and museum collections, and have been shown in national juried competitions from California to Maine. She said her work represents an emotion or idea which she hopes to share with the viewer. “Greenfield Morning” shows marine birds hovering over the lake and a sudden rush of unexpected beauty.
“I believe in Michelangelo, Velasquez and Rembrandt; in the might of design, the mystery of color, the redemption of all things by Beauty everlasting and the message of art that has made these hands blessed: Amen. Amen.” —George Bernard Shaw
Hubbard’s sculptures of an octopus, owl, duck, and turtle are a joy to behold. Made of papier-mâché, his animals show a fluidity of movement inspired by natural beauty of the North Carolina coastline. Hubbard won the Orange Street ArtsFest 2016 judges’ award for his body of work, which includes figurative oil paintings of mother and child, a toddler eating ice cream and a beautiful woman playing guitar.
An art teacher at John T. Hoggard High, Hubbard is admired by his fellow teachers and students alike. Calling him a brilliant artist and great mentor, one former student said, “I am now in college at Chapel Hill and can still say Mr. Hubbard is the best teacher I’ve had.”
“I introduce a wide range of art techniques and find that some students have a great sense of style,” he said. “But I also let them know it’s important to keep a balance in your life.”
To see the work of these fine artists and 98 others at the Landfall Foundation Art Show and Sale, drive up to the Landfall security gate off Military Cutoff Road and ask the guards to direct you to the clubhouse at 1550 Landfall Drive.