Long before the first booth is set up on Hubbard Green, the work of each exhibitor is juried by the Show Committee in order to ensure that the work is original, high quality artwork or hand-made craft.
When the show opens on Saturday morning, we invite qualified independent judges to visit each exhibitor’s booth and determine awards. Awards are based on the sum of an exhibitor’s work, not merely on one piece. The winners are announced on Sunday morning when ribbons and cash prizes are awarded. These are the independent judges who will decide awards for the 2019 show.
Lyn Harper (Craft Judge) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. from Hartford Art School and her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University, focusing on experimental and 2-D art. She worked as a graphic designer and art director in the fast-paced world of television news for over 30 years. In an effort to slow down her art-making practice, she began working in ceramics 15 years ago. Her work is fired by many methods: reduction, soda, wood, low and high fire oxidation. She is gallery coordinator and member of Wesleyan Potters and shows her work throughout the region. Her primary ceramics studio is located in Glastonbury. www.LynHarper.com
Patte Leathe (Jewelry Judge), Key Member and Past President of Wesleyan Potters, has been working in metal for over 40 years, sometimes integrating beads and fiber to create her one-of-a-kind pieces. More recently, her studies in calligraphy have added a new vocabulary of form, color, and movement into her designs. Patte works in an intuitive way, allowing the various metals, textures, and colors to come together into a beautiful ornament to wear. www.PatteLeathe.com
Jane Zisk (Art Judge) has worked in the art industry for 35 years as an artist, gallery manager, picture framer, designer, art consultant, and teacher. Jane paints landscapes in the plein air tradition but also creates a series of nature-inspired abstract work. Jane is the Founder of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, established in 1995 to promote fellowship among artists and to use the group as a marketing tool. Jane’s inspiration for the group occurred while painting on site at Weir Farm, and by her inspiration from American Impressionist artists who were painting at Weir Farm in Branchville CT, Cos Cob, and Old Lyme in the early 1990s.