Emerging artists exhibit

Posted Jul 23rd, 2018 by Condessa M Croninger  Category: Arts & Entertainment


20 North Gallery presents emerging artists exhibit, ARToledo 2018: Chrysalis
Oil, acrylic and digital painting by three local artists in juried exhibition

Toledo, OH—July 20, 2018. 20 North Gallery presents ARToledo 2018: Chrysalis, an exhibition of paintings in three separate media—oil, acrylic and digital—by three Toledo-area emerging artists, Samantha Bell-Koch, Martha Evans and Kerry Kirkpatrick. The exhibit continues through September 29, 2018.

Since its founding in 1993, 20 North Gallery has periodically hosted emerging artists exhibits, promoting the development of promising new talent in the Toledo art landscape. ARToledo is a small group exhibition artists which provides the opportunity to nurture and retain Toledo’s rising artistic talent, giving new artists a chance to enter the commercial art market in their home community—while providing Toledo collectors the opportunity for a first view of the future of Toledo’s rich, continuing art legacy.

In 2018, the exhibition was designed as a competitive show, open to Ohio and Toledo-area artists who have prepared a body of work, but who have not yet been a featured artist in any commercial gallery venues prior to the ARToledo exhibit. This year’s exhibition juror is Maralee Hope. Ms. Hope’s professional career in the arts began in 2009, as 20 North Gallery’s first academic intern. She received her BA in Art History from the University of Toledo (Ohio) and her MA in Contemporary Art and Sales from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (New York). She currently works as the Presale Shipping Coordinator at Christie’s auction house in New York City.

As the juror and curator for ARToledo 2018, Ms. Hope remarks,
“I feel so honored to be asked to judge this show. 20 North Gallery was my starting point. Art director emerita Peggy Grant, current art director Condessa Croninger, and gallery owner Eric Hillenbrand are the reasons I am where I am today, by supporting my development and encouraging me to pursue my career in New York. Working at 20 North Gallery was the most positive experience I’ve had in the arts, even a decade after the fact. Their love for art, their eye for good art and their joy in sharing art with the community, in addition to their commitment to fostering new talent, makes them truly one of Toledo’s greatest treasures.

Understandably, almost all artists (and gallerists) begin their exhibition experience in an academic or non-profit environment, but there is a great difference between those and the world of commercial gallery representation. 20 North Gallery’s ARToledo gives emerging artists the opportunity to learn the intricacies of the commercial market in a supportive environment.

I hope each artist, selected or not, will use the gallery’s feedback to build their portfolios and commercial careers. Feedback and encouragement from my former colleagues at 20 North is truly invaluable.”

“It was a joy to look through all the art that was submitted. Currently working in the auction world, engagement with the artists (through reading what they’ve currently written or having the opportunity to comment on and provide feedback for them) isn’t something I get to do in my career anymore. It’s wonderful to engage directly with artists and watch their art and ideas grow and change.

I loved searching for and finding the cohesive story between each artist in this year’s show, how their paintings work together and how they stand out on their own, each telling a story within the bigger story (the exhibit). The theme that most struck me was that of cycles of life and nature, an ephemeral feeling of transition from one phase of being to the next.”

20 North Gallery art director Condessa Croninger states, “Maralee Hope has curated an engaging exhibit of beautiful and vivid paintings by three talented women in our community. Although each artist works in a different style and medium of paint, their work contains interlocking narratives of life, mortality and our relationship to the natural world. But even more intriguing to me is the relationship between the three artists and their artistic careers. Samantha Bell-Koch and Kerry Kirkpatrick are recent graduates from The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University, respectively. Martha Evans received her degree in art from The University of Toledo more than two decades ago, but has worked professionally outside the arts since then. All three have enjoyed regional community exhibitions, yet still identify as ‘emerging.’ Their common pursuit of commercial representation in ARToledo, marking a transition in their careers—paired with their combined themes of nature and rebirth—has inspired me to subtitle this exhibit, ‘Chrysalis.’ After this exhibit at 20 North Gallery, I look forward to following their future careers, to see in what new splendor their talents emerge.”

The online exhibition catalogue for ARToledo 2018: Chrysalis containing images of the exhibited art and artist information is posted on the 20 North Gallery website: www.20northgallery.com

What: ARToledo 2018: Chrysalis art exhibit
Where: 20 North Gallery, 18 N. St. Clair Street, (Downtown) Toledo, Ohio 43604, 419-241-2400
When: July 13 – September 29, 2018
Gallery Hours
Wednesday – Saturday:
Noon – 4 p.m.
and By Appointment

For More Information Contact: Condessa Croninger (Art Director) or visit www.20northgallery.com

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