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 determine awards for the 2016 show.
Lyn Harper (Craft Judge) is a lifelong Connecticut resident, has lived and maintained a studio in Glastonbury for the last 25 years. Her work is a mix of functional and nonfunctional. She is an active member of Wesleyan Potters and has shown work in juried shows and galleries throughout the northeast. A graduate of the Hartford Art School and Wesleyan University, she studied 2 dimensional art, photography and video. After taking classes in clay at Wesleyan Potters, she returned to the University of Hartford in 2008 to complete the coursework for a ceramics major.
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.
Jane Zisk (Art Judge) is the Founder of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society. She established the group 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, by the American Impressionist artists who were painting there in Branchville CT, Cos Cob , and Old Lyme in the early 1990s. Jane 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.