Los Angeles

Sixth Annual Juried Show

Palos Verdes Community Arts Association Library Gallery

Surprisingly well-rounded and competent are the paintings by South Bay artists chosen for this year’s juried exhibit. Judges Lee Mullican, Emerson Woelffer, and Jason Wong have done an exceptionally fine job of selecting works of technical and esthetic merit from the hodge-podge of amateurs and professionals who typically enter such a contest.

Awards, too, have been wisely given. George Csengeri’s first prize oil, a mauve abstraction with vertical lines arranged asymmetrically over a textured focus, manifests careful selectivity and synthesis of sheer essentials; Mary Zarbano’s second prize “Rain Flowers,” a representational oil, provokes the emotions through distortion and wetly applied color; and James Gordon’s honorable-mention “Figure Study No. 2,” in an Abstract Expressionist vein, successfully organizes line and restrained color masses into a cohesive composition. Equally noteworthy are David Meeker’s untitled acrylic, hard-edged, eery, of a man caught in a decorative spider web; Herman Renger’s “Leaves,” stylized into Op art sharp-edged patterns; Ronald Spencer’s simplified realistic genre scene of figures seated in a “Plaza,” but depicted both in positive and negative repeat panels; Laura Barrett’s delightfully Pop-Dada collage construction “Homage to Adlai”; Mary Wilcoxen’s watercolor still-life “Watermelon and Blueberries,” boldly and brightly conceived in flat pattern; and Shirley Oaks’ washy oil “Hillside” with its buildups of boxy forms.

Charlene Steen