5x7 inches, oil on paper
I have an art friend who has told me, more than once, that "validation is for parking passes." In other words, it is important to feel satisfaction with your own work, and not be dependent on positive strokes from other people. There probably is wisdom there, but I couldn't help but be excited to receive an email from the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) that my wee painting received an award at the annual state show, held this year in Wausau.
I was told the award is the Aaron and Ruth Bohrod Memorial award.
First established in 1977 by well known Wisconsin artist Aaron Bohrod, this award is now a memorial award honoring Aaron Bohrod and his wife Ruth. It is currently sponsored by Katherine Schmitt and her sisters. It is given for "outstanding excellence in painting" and active participation in WRAA.
I'm not entirely certain that my painting should be mentioned in the same breath with Aaron Bohrod, but I am thrilled that this year's judge liked the painting well enough to recognize it. I will admit here, that I like the painting too. I spotted these two young men at the Art Institute a while back, peering intently at the iconic Grant Wood painting, and I surreptitiously snapped a photo (no flash). It tickled me to see two people who looked more likely to be skateboarding than gallery gazing so wrapped up in what they saw. It's dangerous to pigeon hole people. Anyway, the contrast between the two boys and the pair in American Gothic appealed to me.
There is a cash component as well, which will offset the cost of traveling to Wausau to attend the show and awards ceremony. It should be a fun weekend, viewing the other paintings, seeing art friends, and enjoying a short road trip to central Wisconsin.