The adage “Good things come in small packages” is being expressed artistically in the “X x X” exhibition that opened this weekend at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Downtown Lake Worth. The exhibition will run through March 18 in the Cultural Council main gallery.
Gallery visitors will see works across several media such as paintings, prints, drawings, photography, collage, textiles, metal, assemblage, ceramic relief and mixed media, created by 68 professional artists and 32 students from Palm Beach County elementary, middle and high schools.
The Cultural Council hosted a Call to Create for this juried exhibition, in which every artwork is exactly 10 x 10 x 1 inches in size. Artists were asked to create work in any medium, on any subject, bound only by the limitation of size. All artists live or work in Palm Beach County, and they include students at various levels from grade school to college, senior citizens and amateur and professional artists. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners.
The Cultural Council invited Bruce Helander, who has been a full-time artist and critic in Palm Beach County for the past 30 years, to jury this exhibition. Helander is an esteemed artist whose work is represented in more than 50 permanent public collections. He writes for The Huffington Post, Sculpture magazine, Art Hive magazine, One Art Nation, and others. He is a seasoned juror and curator of museum exhibitions and serves on the board of the Center for Creative Education.
Winners included the following Palm Beach County residents:
Palm Beach County Students
Juror’s Choice, $25: Tori Maxwell
Honorable Mention, $25: Kate Clearly
Honorable Mention, $25: Devon Luxton
Honorable Mention, $25: Damian Tomlinson
Honorable Mention, $25: Isabella Smith
3rd PLACE, $50: Adriana Callejas
2nd PLACE, $100: Natalia Sanchez
BEST IN SHOW, $150: Kailyn Friel-Smith
The winners include students at Bak Middle School of the Arts and Wynnebrook Elementary school.
Palm Beach County Artists
Cecily Hangen, West Palm Beach
Jennifer Carrera Turner, West Palm Beach
Erika Cespedes, Loxahatchee
Carol Erenrich, West Palm Beach
James Rabidoux, Ocean Ridge
Honorable Mention, $50: Karen Smith, West Palm Beach
Honorable Mention, $50: Beth Sloat, Ocean Ridge
3rd PLACE, $100: Ryan Bevilacqua, West Palm Beach
2nd PLACE, $250: Suzi K. Edwards, West Palm Beach
BEST IN SHOW, $500: Glenda Green, Jupiter
“X x X” is generously sponsored by PNC Arts Alive, Diva-Licious Cake House and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Prize money was generously donated by Anonymous and the Michael and Annie Falk Foundation.