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 2021 show.
JANE ZISK (Art Judge) Jane has been a painter, art consultant, and teacher for over 30 years, creating plein air works on location or abstractions in the studio. “All art is a spiritual and healing path for me,” says Jane. In 1995, she established the Connecticut Plein AIr Painters Society which currently enjoys national status as one of the “finest plein air groups” in the country according to American Artist and Plein Air magazines. Her work is found in the collections of hospitals, foundations, corporations, and colleges throughout Connecticut.
LIZ BLODGETT (Craft Judge) is the Director of Wesleyan Potters in Middletown, Connecticut where she has been on staff for over 10 years and has taught ceramics to children and adults. With a B.F.A. in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia , she has developed a lifelong appreciation for fine crafts as a studio assistant, as a maker, as a collector, and as an overseas arts educator in Panyu, China, and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. In her pottery, Liz explores a variety of surface design techniques, inspired by printmaking, insects, microscopic forms, and humor.
LINDA JONES (Jewelry Judge) There are four things that Linda Jones loves: music, dancing, reading and storytelling. “I want my jewelry to tell a musical story that customers desire to wear, read and dance to. I want them to hear the tapping of hammers and the hum of the drill, sense the fire of the torch. Each piece is created with a rhythm, a jazzy pair of earrings, a classical necklace, or a tribal bohemian bracelet. As I’ve created each special piece I hope you feel the rhythm as you wear the jewelry, walking, dancing, or dreaming with rhythmic style.”