Justin Beckman – 2016 Best of Show Winner

Dan McConnell

Jean Hicks

Gallery One’s exhibits open on the first Friday of most months in conjunction with the Ellensburg Art Walk.
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August 4-26, 2017
Opening Reception:
August 4, 5-8pm
Awards: 6:30pm

Exhibit Sponsors:
Kelleher Motor Company

Main & Mezzanine Gallery:
Kittitas County Juried Exhibition

Every year we highlight work by artists from Kittitas County. Lisa Kinoshita, an artist and independent curator from Tacoma, has juried this year’s show and will select $3500 in awards.
View a slideshow of all the 2017 juried show submissions.

Juror’s statement:

“I want to thank all of the artists who put their work forward for the 2017 Kittitas County Exhibition. Out of 141 entries from 65 artists, 37 pieces were selected by 31 artists. The wide range of styles and subject matter of the submissions made my job as juror an invigorating and difficult one. While individual pieces stood out for originality, composition or technical skill, the ultimate choices were subjective. I appreciate that Gallery One permitted me to make the awards after viewing the actual artworks, not digital images. Some pieces struck a chord immediately. Others beckoned for a third, fourth or fifth look through the long process of paring down the list. Some demonstrated long practice; others threw tradition to the wind. One really cannot compare apples and oranges. One can only attempt to select the best exemplars of each fruit, and give the rest of the viewing world a delicious bite.”

“There was no question in my mind that Brock Jensen’s video still, Pig Piece, was ‘Best in Show’. It’s an extraordinary image, one that burns itself on the retina and expands into consciousness the longer one looks at it. The naked man in the photograph, and the young pig he gently cradles in his arms, bear an obvious resemblance. Caked with clay (the material from whence he came), the man embraces a creature whose supple weight belies its recent demise. His visage is torn with anguish, loss and fury – does this animal represent the innocence of nature, which humans revere even as they destroy it? Or is it his own inner animus, domesticated, drained of blood and dethroned from its place in nature? Or, could this cathartic narrative be an allegory for a fallen world? I can’t really locate a frame of reference for this powerful image – it exists somewhere between the realms of portraiture and combat photography. I believe there is no gratuitous violence in it, only a vision of profound loss. I would add that Jensen’s presentation of it on a large black video monitor framed its austere beauty perfectly, with all the gravity of a tombstone.”


This year’s exhibiting artists include:

Izak Anderson
Howard Barlow
Lorraine Barlow
Will Bow
Xavier Cavazos
Catherine Cook
Maria Cristalli
Richard Dempsey
Richard Denner
Robert Fisher
Sasha Geise
Justin Gibbens
Joseph Guggino
Trisha Hall
Rachel Hall Kirk
Billy Harrell
Carol Hassen
Crystal Hering
Tabitha Klucking
Brock Jensen
Jeannie Johnson
Drew Liedtke
Billy Maguire
Scott Mayberry
Sharon Meredith
Don O’Connor
Glenn Rudolph
Ona Solberg
Jacqueline Trujillo
Donald Wattam

Eveleth Green Gallery:
Eric Jensen – Repeated Potential

Hallway Gallery:
Dan McConnell – About Face

Picasso Gallery:
Jean Hicks – Wearables