This year’s accomplished judges are nationally recognized professional artists who will be sharing insights at our May 7 Award Reception!
Artist Mark Whitmarsh
Mark Whitmarsh was born in Denver, Colorado, studied art at the University of Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design in Denver. He has lived and painted in Dallas, Texas for over twenty years. “As I build layers of color, a personal iconography evolves on the painted surface. I’m interested in a surface that has a rich patina with a modern ancestry. By adding and subtracting layers, a genesis over time is revealed.” Working on paper or canvas and using mixed mediums such as oils, pastels, acrylics and watercolors, Mark is free to explore light, color and space. He creates a certain mood that he has seen or felt by the seemingly chance placement of shape and color relationships that excite the eye. “I enjoy discovery through painting…for me this is why I am an artist. My desire is to translate the discoveries in my work, in order to share with others. Painting for me is perfect self-expression.” Mark’s work has been featured in various publications including Art in America, Art Net Encyclopedia of Living Artists, the Dallas Observer and Southwest Art Magazine.
Art by Mark Whitmarsh
Artist Carlyn Ray
Carlyn Ray was recently named as one of Dallas’ top 14 emerging artists and is featured in the current and prior issue of Patron Magazine for her participation in Artists Vs Architects. As an emerging hot glass artist and founder of Carlyn Ray designs, she opened her studio in the summer of 2013. As a former employee of Dale Chihuly, she was part of his team as they created such masterpieces as the unforgettable Chihuly exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum.
Carlyn has created her own signature glass design called a glass “weave” where she uses canes of colored glass woven together with wire onto bended metal frames that she concepts to fit the client’s space. A growing presence in Dallas, she has been commissioned by both residential and commercial clients alike. Her client list includes restaurants such as Oak and Nobu who serves up sushi creations in Carlyn’s signature vessels. Her weaves also add energy to commercial real estate lobbies like Parmenter Realty who commissioned a glass weave lighting sculpture as part of an upgrade for their Rambler Park building. Ray’s designs have appeared in publications such as Patron Magazine, Best of American Glass Artists and Austin Home Magazine. She describes her approach to each commission as a “desire to create work which emits creative energy beyond the outline of the piece. In knowing the nature of the environment for which the piece is being created, I am better able to conceptualize a piece which will speak and open a conversation with the viewer.” She strongly believes in making the art and science of glass blowing available to inspire a new generation children through her “Art Reaching Out” (ARO) program, where she invites groups of children into the studio for educational classes.
Prior to founding Carlyn Ray Designs, she was artist in residence at Texas A&M University. Before A&M, she cruised Caribbean waters as narrator and gaffer for Celebrity Cruises’ Hot Glass Show for three years, spent two years with and for Dale Chihuly, and also served as teaching assistant at the Corning Glass Museum.
Categories and Awards
Each of which will be awarded a first ($300), second ($200) and third place award ($100)
|IMPORTANT DETAILS FOR WINNERS:
PAA reserves the right to reject any work not meeting eligibility requirements or deemed inappropriate to hang in the gallery, even after the image has been accepted by jurors and work delivered to the gallery.
We are Looking forward to seeing you May 7!
Plano Art Association & THE ARTS gallery, Collin College
Chair Marilyn Franklin, Communications Consultant
Co-Chair Katrine Kyhnel, Realtor