The decision of the juror on all entries is final. Exhibition selections will be made from digital images that must arrive with the entry form and fee at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery on or before January 13, 2021. Notice of acceptance will be made no later than January 22, 2021 via the website, along with an acceptance letter. Only juror selected works will be exhibited. Final judging will be on site. If for some unforeseen reason the juror must withdraw before judging is completed, the Tim Murphy Art Gallery reserves the right to select another juror of similar rank to complete the juror’s responsibilities. Artists will be duly notified in this event.
The juror for this event is Cris Chapin.
Cris Chapin is originally from Wellington, Kansas, a very small town near the Oklahoma border. She still lives in Kansas, but in the northeast corner in Lawrence. This is only significant because traveling back and forth to visit family over the years acquainted her with the beautiful landscape of the Flint Hills. She loves the Flint Hills in all seasons. Cris’s goal is to try and capture that sense of wonder and beauty with pastel. In each painting, she tries to paint the effects of lighting on the landscape, particularly in the early morning and late afternoon. It is the light that is magical.
Art has always been a part of her life. Growing up, she excelled in art classes in school. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degrees in Art Education, Textile Design and finally Graphic Design. Graphic Design allowed her to freelance and work from home while her children were growing up. She later taught for several years at the college level. During all of these career changes, art was the common thread. After many detours, she discovered soft pastels and the wonders of land-scape painting.
Cris uses soft pastels on a sanded surface. She starts with a loose, wet underpainting before beginning with the pastels. Pastels allow for many layers, one on top of another. She loves the vividness and tactile softness that pastels offer and the interplay of layers of color that give a richness to the final painting.
Beginning her pastel journey in 2011, Cris has had the honor of studying with remarkable artists including Loreta Feeback, Susan Ogilvie, Jerry H. Brown, Kim Casebeer, Rich Hayek, Marla Baggetta, Phil Starke, Barbara Jaenicke, Lorenzo Chavez and Tom Christopher. Cris is a member of the Mid-America Pastel Society, The Lawrence Art Guild and the Rockport Center for the Arts in Texas. Cris has participated in many regional and national shows, winning a number of awards.