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 2018 show.
Lyn Harper (Craft Judge) received her B.F.A. from Hartford Art School and her M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University, in 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
Barbara Jenkins is a versatile award-winning painter who is well-known for her plein air art work. However, more recently, Barbara’s abstract pieces have become a major focus as she experiments with oil sticks, powdered carbon, cold wax, and collage. After earning her Master’s degree in Art, she taught at Central Connecticut State University and worked as Assistant Curator at the La Jolla Art Center and as a staff member at the New Britain Museum of American Art. While she is devoted to her art, Barbara is an enthusiastic mentor for emerging artists. More info on Barbara.