By JOHN BENSON
Special to The Gazette
To celebrate its fifth annual Aquarius Exhibition, Medina County Art League officials felt the time was right for a change of venue.
This yearâ€™s art display opens Feb. 7 and runs through Feb. 27 at the Medina Library.
â€œWe had it at the Western Reserve Masonic Community for the last four years, so this year we moved to the newly remodeled Medina Library,â€ said Deanna Clucas, Aquarius Exhibition co-chairwoman. â€œWe moved because we were looking for more people to view the show. We only had a limited amount at the Masonic home and with the library weâ€™re expecting a lot more people to be able to see it.â€
Basically, more foot traffic means more folks can enjoy what the Medina County Art League provides the area.
â€œThe Medina County Art League has existed for 50 years,â€ said Sharon Borror, Medina County Art League president and Aquarius Exhibition co-chairwoman. â€œIt was organized to bring artists together, to promote the arts in the community, to benefit the members with the ability to exhibit their artwork themselves and to provide more educational opportunities through demonstrations and lectures by the artists. Itâ€™s not a juried show, but it is judged for awards.â€
Sharon Borror, the Medina County Art League president and Aquarius Exhibition co-chairwoman, explains some of her artwork in her home studio in Medina. (Shirley Ware | Photo editor)
The awards for Aquarius Exhibition include $175 for best in show, $150 for first place, $100 for second place, $75 for third place and four honorable mentions at $25 each.
Thereâ€™s also $50 for a Peopleâ€™s Choice Award. This is where visitors are allowed to vote on their favorite piece of artwork. That winner will be announced prior to the closing of the show.
As for what people can expect to see at the Aquarius Exhibition, Clucas said the works range from various types of painting (watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and pencil) to three-dimensional work (ceramics, pottery, jewelry and more). The latter medium was introduced to the exhibit last year.
For those familiar with the Medina County Art Leagueâ€™s annual Art in the Park show, this event is different.
â€œArt in the Park is open to people all around the country,â€ Clucas said. â€œAnd that is a juried show. It invites people from all over the area to show their work and each individual artist is in charge of their own sale.â€
Whether itâ€™s Art in the Park or Aquarius Exhibition, both events are quite important to the Medina County Art League.
â€œWe do raise money through our ventures to be able to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors that will be continuing education in the arts,â€ Borror said. â€œI believe we have three scholarships that total $3,500, and a lot of that money comes from Art in the Park and through memberships and other ventures.â€
Whether youâ€™re an artist in the show or just a casual observer, Clucas stressed the Aquarius Exhibition is something special for Medina County.
She said, â€œIt invites people to participate in the arts.â€
The Medina County Art Leagueâ€™s Aquarius Exhibition opens at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7 on the third floor of the Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway, Medina.
The last day of the exhibition is Feb. 27. The event is free and open to the public during Medina Library hours. For more information, visit www.medinaartleague.com.
Benson may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.