Madison Art Club Competition & Exhibition
14th annual art competition
at Art on Main
will compete for the clubs
$1,000 Best of Show prize
Lela Jane Bradshaw
(September 2012) When Stan Attenberger moved
to Madison, Ind., three years ago, one of the first things he did was
join the Madison Art Club. While his mother still treasures a picture
he painted while in high school of a leopard and cub, Attenberger didnt
really start to focus on art until his recent retirement.
I didnt have time! he says.
Attenberger paints during
the RiverRoots Folk Festival
held in May in downtown Madison.
His artwork will be among those
featured in the September
Madison Art Club show.
I started painting for relaxation before I retired,
Attenberger, 64, explains. Originally, what I would do would be
to pick a scene with strong perspective and imagine I was standing in
the scene, he says.
Attenberger alternates between oil and acrylic, depending on what he
feels will make it easiest to get the finished product that he has in
There are lots of little tricks with the medium you choose,
he says explaining for example how letting the paint dry a bit during
the painting process works well for capturing the rough texture of bark
when working with acrylic. One of the things that pushed him toward
working with oil was the fact that he was having a lot of trouble
with water and was unable to get the wet look he desired with
Attenberger returns to the Madison Art Exhibition for his second time
as both an entrant and co-chair. While he entered last year as a way
of showing his support and enthusiasm for the event, this time he is
more optimistic about his chances of placing. This year Im
a little better, he says, laughing.
The 14th annual Madison Art Club Competition and Exhibition will open
Sept. 8 with an awards ceremony and reception from 6-8 p.m. The show
will run though Sept. 30 at Art on Main, the clubs art gallery
at 309 W. Main St. The show includes categories for Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor,
Pastel and Other Media. One exciting new aspect of this years
show is fact that artists are now invited to enter 3-D art such as pottery
We have a larger space, explains the clubs president,
The shows previous location required that the club limit entries
to things that could be hung on the wall. The shows organizers
are also pleased to welcome the return of the Mayors Award, which
had been absent in recent years. While most of the entrants come from
Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, the show does attract artists from as far
away as Virginia, Smith said.
Word-of-mouth from area artists has spread to their friends in other
states to bring in works from a diverse locale. Its very
interesting a very large display of talent and artists,
Smith credits hard work and persistence in getting the word out
to the artists with the shows longtime success.
Attenberger says that the prize money is very good and that
encourages many entrants to select this show as a place for their work.
This year the top prize is $1,000, made possible by Dr. Kimm Hollis
of Hanover College. The show also offers a $500 award from the Madison
Chautauqua Festival of Art.
Attenberger says the competition is known for drawing talented artists
from across the region and is therefore quite prestigious. If
you can get an award from the Madison Art Club, you feel like youve
This year, the contest will be judged by John Guenther, a noted ceramics
artist who spent 33 years as a professor of fine art at Indiana University
Southeast. Attenberger says that the Madison Art Club was looking for
a judge who was not only an accomplished artist, but someone with a
strong academic background and a solid understanding in art history.
Attenberger believes that it is important to pick somebody that
the artists would respect when selecting a judge.
We were happy to find a judge who has experience in pottery,
in light of the shows expansion into 3-D works.
Attenberger explains that, Every judge has a different set of
rules, and he stresses that entrants should focus on selecting
works that they are pleased with rather than trying to predict what
a judge will be looking for. You enter a painting youre
happy with you enter your favorite painting.
While many of the artists who will be on display throughout September
are long-time members of the Madison Art Club, the group is eager to
encourage those looking to try out their creative abilities for the
first time and those who want to rediscover old talents.
I would suggest just coming down to the art gallery and looking
around, says Smith. She also invites those looking to improve
their skills or just try out something new to take advantage of the
many classes offered.
Those wanting to learn more about the Madison Art Club are invited to
to stop by the groups third Thursday Meetings at 6:30 p.m. or
to take part in the casual gathering of painters that takes place on
We always welcome new artists or those who want to be, says
For more information on the club or the
show, call (812) 265-2923 or visit: www.MadisonArtClub.com.
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