Arts show 'falls' together at Rockville Hospital

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Rockville - posted Thu., Oct. 6, 2011
Jeremy 'Jerry' Knafel took first place in the contest with her work, entitled 'October Splendor.' Photos by Steve Smith.
Jeremy 'Jerry' Knafel took first place in the contest with her work, entitled 'October Splendor.' Photos by Steve Smith.

Kicking off a new partnership, a ceremony on Oct. 5 was held to announce winners in the Rockville General Hospital Art Gallery’s autumn-themed contest. The competition and exhibition included 82 entries from 35 artists in the media of photography, oil painting, water color, mixed-media, and others.

The re-opening of the RGH Art Gallery was made possible through a joint effort with the Vernon Community Arts Center, which is now managing the gallery. The RGH Auxiliary also provided the materials with which to hang the works.

VCAC Board Member Melissa Ralston-Jones said the show, largely because of the popular theme, was difficult to judge. “It took a lot of time to judge,” she said, “because we got a lot of quality work in this show. We appreciate everyone for contributing to this event.”

Ralston-Jones said there were five judges from a variety of backgrounds, which rated each piece on a scale of 1-10.

Winners included Barbara Hocker, who received the Best in Show for her piece entitled “October1234.” Jeremy Knafel received first-place honors for “October Splendor.” Eileen O’Connor’s “Talcotville Street Autumn” earned her second-place honors, and Jim Russo’s “For Grandma” earned third place. Bernie Duffy and Carole Jeffries received honorable mentions.

RGH Marketing and Communications Manager Amy Lantaigne said the works have brightened up an otherwise nondescript hallway, and have been seen by most of the hospital’s staff, since the exhibit is near the conference room and cafeteria. The autumn works are on display through Dec. 2. “It’s nice,” she said, “because the patients can see it, and the employees can see it. People really enjoy it. It livens the place up a bit.”

“We hope that more artists will see Rockville Hospital as a viable place to show and display their artwork,” Ralston-Jones said, adding that she hopes to see a healthier blend of established and emerging artists in future exhibits.

Lantaigne said the VCAC already has the next several shows’ themes in place, including some that more closely tie in with the medical field, such as a “cancer survivorship” show next June.

The next VCAC/RGH art show will be a black and white photography competition. The drop-off date will be Dec. 3. Guidelines are available at the hospital’s gift shop, and will also be available on the Vernon Community Arts Center’s Facebook page.

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