2018 Brookside Gardens Exhibit

July 21 - August 20, 2018

Juror: Michael F. Shibley.

Michael F. Shibley is a fine artist whose watercolors focus on light, shape and color in the natural and man-made environment. His work can be found in both public and private collections in the Washington area and across the country. His use of color attracts attention at local art galleries in both solo and group shows. His colorful urban landscapes depicting people participating in urban life have proved increasingly popular and have resulted in numerous commissioned works. Michael is currently a watercolor instructor at the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park, and has assisted with teaching international watercolor workshops. He has been privileged to serve as a juror at local art exhibitions.

Juror’s Statement

Judging a show is always a challenge because there are so many creative and well-executed pieces of art. The artists have put their time and energy into their work and then the juror is asked to give awards to a select few. Everyone who submitted art for the show should be very proud. It was an honor for me to be asked to be the juror.

When I judge a show, I look for the strong use of color, values, and a variety of shapes within the works. Particularly many colors within the same piece of value. I am also partial to personal interpretations that go beyond the reality of the subject.

I used those parameters to select the winners and honorable mentions. The first prize was awarded to “Autumn Circus” because of its wonderful use of color and changes of color within shapes and values. The contrasts of light vs. dark and the color changes appealed to me immediately! Second prize went to “Blooming” for the same reasons. The subtle but effective colors and use of whites was very striking. The third prize winner, “The Wild Bunch,” is a well-executed use of color, shapes and value with the highlights in red anchoring the painting.

The Honorable Mentions were “Tulips” for its personal interpretation and creative use of color; “From the Garden” offers a wonderful variety of greens as well as the use of complimentary yellows and purples; and, “Pretty in Pink” is a lovely little painting done with very effective wet-into-wet color mixing in the blossoms. Congratulations to all of the winners.

Thanks to the Baltimore Watercolor Society for inviting me to judge this wonderful show!

First Place
Janet Belich— “Autumn Circus”

Autumn Circus

Second Place
Stacy Levy— “Blooming”


Third Place
Jack Harding— “The Wild Bunch”

The Wild Bunch

Honorable Mentions

Joyce Bell—“Tulips”


JoAnne Ramsey—“From the Garden”

From the Garden

Stacey Sass—“Pretty in Pink”

Pretty in Pink