ALPENA – Enter the green room.
The Loft’s juried art exhibition, “Emerald,” opens today, featuring 82 works of art by 51 artists.
An artists reception will be held at 6 p.m. at Art in the Loft, located on the third floor of the Center Building in downtown Alpena.
The exhibition will be on display in the gallery from October 1 to November 11 and online until December 31.
The color green symbolizes the 20th anniversary, and this is the 20th year of Art in the Loft, explained executive director Justin Christensen-Cooper.
Longtime photographer Chuck Bennett served as the show’s jury. He and his wife Karen Bennett were founding members of Art in the Loft.
“We wanted to choose a juror who has a long history with the Loft, who has been part of his training and who is also an artist,” Christensen-Cooper said. “So that’s why we went with Chuck.”
Chuck Bennett is also the author of “Camera Coach” (Unlock Your Camera’s Creative Power). His work is often exhibited at Art in the Loft, where he has taught photography lessons.
The juror took about three days to write down the entries to make his final decisions.
There were 103 total submissions for “Emerald,” Christensen-Cooper said.
Each piece is made up of at least 50% shades of green.
At tonight’s opening, the artist whose work is chosen by the jury as Best of Show will receive a full year of exhibition space and a cash prize of $ 300. Second place will receive $ 200, third place will receive $ 100 and the People’s Choice artist will receive $ 50.
The 51 “Emerald” artists include: Lori Acre, Melissa Angles, Marilyn Bachelor, Kasey Behring, Mark Bisanz, Kathleen Bower, Michael Brzozowski, Eugene Cambre, Maggie Connor, Linda Drean, Kevin Englund, Rachel Goodstein, Rick Houchin, Saralee Howard, Steve Jakubcin, Griffin James, Karen Jonker, John Karsnick Jr., Kimberly Kleber, Marisa Kronenwetter, Jeannie Lamb, Cheryl Lemke, Mary Lightner, Peggy Little, Carol Lund, Kamara Marsh, Sean McLain, Mark Mixdorf, Charlie Murphy, Edwina Murphy, Tim Murphy, Lane Blair Olsen, Aaron Olsen, Claire Potrykus, Bradley Przeslawski, Caroline Rhude, Vicki Sarris, Charles Schroeder, Shasta Sitton, Melissa Smith, Leanna Springer, Betsy Stecker, Amy Tatroe, Jill Tatroe, Sharon Wade, Chelsea Wallace, Janet Wallace, Ed Whitmore, Thane Whitscell and Beverly Wolf.
Many artists are from Alpena, Hubbard Lake, Ossineke, Presque Isle, Rogers City and other local areas, but others are from Michigan.
A 20th anniversary celebration and fundraiser are planned for November 11, with more details to come.
For more information, visit artintheloft.org, email [email protected], or call 989-356-4877.