Juried art show exhibit continues through Feb. 28 in Hagerstown

February 08, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Consider for a moment taking a nap between two tigers.

Or watching a herd of zebras play catch.

Those are the sort of images Sibyl Mackenzie attempts to create in her artwork.

Mackenzie, of Shanks, W.Va., was the first-prize winner of a juried show at the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery in Hagerstown.

Her painting, "The Dream Caller," an acrylic on masonite, was judged the best out of the 30 pieces entered in the mixed-media show, said Ron Lytle, the gallery's owner. The exhibit closes Feb. 28.

The inaugural exhibit, Lytle said, aimed to expose the work of local artists.

Mackenzie's painting features a cloaked woman in a garden with a man, the dream caller, playing a flute. Mackenzie said her artwork is meant to convey dreamlike narratives as told through layers of bold color and texture.


"Images are metaphors," Mackenzie said. "I want people to walk away feeling that there are different worlds, if you just allow your dreams to enter your life."

Mackenzie said she likes to use acrylic as her primary medium because it allows her to better layer transparent colors (sapphire, orange-peel orange and sienna are her current favorites).

Travis Horst, of Chambersburg, Pa., who submitted the painting "Eye Down," placed second. Ginger Squires of Ridgely, W.Va., who submitted a digitally manipulated photo entitled "Winter Birds," placed third.

As the winner, Mackenzie's work will be featured at a solo show at the gallery. The date for that show has not yet been announced.

Two of Mackenzie's other pieces "Hidden Tigers," which features a man napping between two tigers, and "Zebra Games," a painting of zebras playing with a ball, are part of the juried show.

If you go ...

WHAT: Juried Art Show, featuring 30 pieces by 10 artists.

WHEN: Continues through Wednesday, Feb. 28.

WHERE: Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery, 4 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown

COST: Free admission

MORE: For more information, call 301-791-6191 or go to

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