SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Seeking to get a little abstract? If so, the South County Art Association is the location to be, as they host their latest open up juried all-media clearly show, “Driven To Abstraction,” which premiered previous Thursday and operates by June 12. 

The exhibit features 61 parts from associates and non-associates alike in a variety of unique media that stylistically drop underneath the “abstract” style.

“Every year, we do two all-media shows, that means any media (these types of as) painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, images or just about anything is accepted in the show for a submission,” Exhibitions Director Jason Fong claimed. “So we had 158 entries, and 61 were being chosen for the exhibit.”

The demonstrate was juried by nationally shown present-day artist and longtime SCAA member Theresa Girard, who arrived up with the notion for the demonstrate in accordance to Executive Director Kathleen Carland.

“(Again in the drop) she donated a huge piece to the affiliation that we could raffle off for profits, and we did that, and in the procedure she said that she would be pleased to jury an summary show for us and donate the prizes,” Carland reported. “Well, that was really an provide and a person that we would never refuse, so we produced the time and location for this — according to her plan, which we had been capable to do.”

As for the name, Carland stated it just arrived to her just one working day.

“It was type of a put up-COVID sensibility to the strategy that it is a superior place to be driven to — so it, form of in my brain, encompasses the two tension that individuals have been under and the flexibility you can find in summary art,” Carland said. “So it was fascinating for us to do that.”

“When I entered the gallery I was stunned at the volume of resourceful get the job done that was shipped to SCAA,” Girard wrote in her juror’s statement. “It’s a jurors endeavor to reduce 60 p.c of submissions for this type of demonstrate in one particular day… Abstracted non-objective artwork has a obligation to depict a ‘simple expression of a sophisticated considered.’ In this exhibition I was searching for these visual associations. I searched for a connection to some of the formal foundations of color, worth, and composition, ensuing in a visually satisfying work of artwork in any medium.”

When summary operate and reveals have happened at the SCAA in the previous, Fong said it’s not as widespread as other models for the gallery. However, displays like this allow for the model to really glow and make it possible for for a lot more experimentation amongst the artists.

“Typically, our themes are a small more certain, but the strategy of them tends to be a lot more about an thought or a little something,” Fong stated. “Doing a show that was all summary permitted us to concentration on the summary function that’s not represented, and I consider that we do have a whole lot of artists doing the job at realm and this was genuinely a excellent opportunity, and they unquestionably responded with a incredible amount of submissions — and a pretty large excellent of work, I would say. In reality, it was a pretty difficult show to jury for the reason that there was this sort of an amount of money of great perform.”

To Fong, items in the design aren’t reflective of just about anything other than the function itself.

“It makes it possible for the artist to concentrate additional on art for art’s sake, mainly indicating that it is not automatically expressing a illustration of the authentic entire world — we are not looking at even now lives or landscapes or seascapes or everything like that — it’s more about celebrating viewing artwork as art,” Fong explained. “The artwork is the item by itself. It is far more about capturing a experience or an emotion that you could not be ready to categorical as a result of a representational sort of picture. It is about the colour and the kind and the way the art activates the house.”

For Carland, it is also the independence of expression authorized in the type, which troubles artists to be far more daring.

“I could see a ton of liberty in this exhibit,” Carland mentioned. “I experienced the feeling that people were seriously stretching and expressing a lot… I observed a lot more boldness in people’s perform than I experienced right before, which I think the summary topic lends by itself to performing that, so that is appreciated. We have not carried out a lot of summary displays and it is encouraging us to perhaps think of accomplishing much more in the foreseeable future. It’s an art variety that anybody can interact in it doesn’t have to be their principal fashion. You can be a representational artist and nonetheless be making an attempt to do a thing in an summary way, so it gives a lot of independence for the artists, and I feel that the artists actually embrace that, and there’s a lot of very putting perform in the clearly show. People have been really responding to it, we’ve offered 3 pieces currently because (previous) Thursday.”

The display experienced a smooth opening last Thursday, with about 25 men and women invited to the gallery — mostly the participating artists — to fulfill with and hear from Girard as she introduced the prizes, with “Untitled acrylic” by Sharlene Hyland taking dwelling prime honors, followed by welded scrap steel and gold leaf sculpture “Surf” by Laura White Carpenter in second and acrylic painting “Blue Melody” by Ann O’Brien finishing third. Honorable mentions went to oil and cold wax portray “Energy surge” by Diane Brown, photograph “Shadows #5” by Lenny Rumpler, oil and chilly wax portray “letting go” by Diana Sartor and combined media parts “Down the road” by Harry Buffum and “Spring” by Linda Peduzzi.

Furthermore, Girard made her individual award for the show, which she titled the Award for Bravery, and gave it to Janet McCraw for her acrylic collage titled “Toy box.”

“I feel there is a sure obsession in the progress of an thrilling piece,” Girard wrote. “The voyage of aspects and variety in this piece created a playful visual language. The fragments and levels felt experimental and fresh new. This is a courageous and exciting get the job done which invitations the viewer to keep awhile.”

In addition to the dollars prizes provided out to the other winners, McCraw acquired an initial acrylic piece by Girard, titled “Inner Harbor.”

“A lot of this was performed because of the do the job that she required to put into it,” Fong reported. “In truth, she was exceptionally generous. She donated the award income, and in reality she extra yet another award which we didn’t have originally, which she identified as the Award for Bravery and Experimentation, which I assume tells a minor bit about what she thinks about it, as much as breaking the boundaries and receiving out of your convenience zone and just experimenting with inventive media, what ever that is for an person artist.”

“Driven To Abstraction” is on display at the SCAA’s Helme House gallery in the coronary heart of Kingston by June 12 in the course of gallery hours of 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays as a result of Sundays. It will also be open this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the duration of the Spring Pottery & Artwork Sale, which will be held at the rear of the gallery setting up at 2587 Kingstown Road.

For much more information, take a look at their website, southcountyart.org