Waterville Creates!, Common Street Arts (CSA), and the Waterville Area Art Society (WAAS) announces the winners of the 2019 Maine Open Juried Art Show (MOJAS) at the CSA Gallery in downtown Waterville. Now in its 28th year, MOJAS attracts artists from across the state, representing diverse Maine communities in a variety of media. A closing reception and awards ceremony will be held at CSA on Saturday, September 7th from 3:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
The 2019 MOJAS award winners include Oliver Solmitz, recipient of Best in Show for his artwork Untitled 2. The 2019 MOJAS selection committee consisted of arts professionals and artists with combined professional experience from the Maine Arts Commission, Colby College Museum of Art, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation. Awards were broken down by categories: painting, watercolor, drawing, photography, and other media.
Best in Show
Oliver Solmitz, Untitled 2
1st – Robert Dennison, The Noisy Night
2nd – Judith Schuppien, Taking up the Traps
3rd – Jim McLear, The Three Mystics
1st – Margaret La Farge, Summer Light
2nd – Michael E. Vermette, Monhegan Sternman Stacking Traps
1st – Sally Stanton, The Wizard
2nd – Rose Crossman, Sassy
3rd – Tom Whittaker, 54 Chevy Truck
1st – Page Eastman, Machias Window Abstraction
2nd – Olga Merrill, Drifting Away
3rd – John Meader, Sycamore Gap
1st – Julie Gray, Home Altars of Mexico, Plates 20 + 21
2nd – Martha Stanford Campbell, Starvation Calculator II
“We are so pleased to announce the 2019 MOJAS awards, and extend a hearty congratulations to each of the award recipients. We encourage all to experience this outstanding exhibition now through September 7,” says Patricia King, Vice President at Waterville Creates!
The Sterrs Gallery at Common Street Arts is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Hathaway Creative Center, 10 Water Street in Waterville. To learn more about the MOJAS exhibition, please visit: www.watervillecreates.org/event/mojas-2019/
About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! connects artists, cultural organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. We believe that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and serve as an economic engine. We promote and support arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all residents and visitors. Learn more at www.watervillecreates.org. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit www.downtownartscenter.org.