An Occasion for the Arts Announces Local Participants

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Juror Chuck Dubois of Williamsburg and AOFTA webmaster Janis Walby work through the day-long selection process, which was handled through nationwide online submissions with the organization’s new application process. (Courtesy An Occassion for the Arts)
Juror Chuck Dubois of Williamsburg and AOFTA webmaster Janis Walby work through the day-long selection process, which was handled through nationwide online submissions with the organization’s new application process. (Courtesy An Occassion for the Arts)

An Occasion for the Arts has recently announced its hometown lineup for the 46th annual iteration of the festival, which will take place in October.

Nationwide applications to display art at AOFTA jumped 38 percent this year, which the organization credits to success of past years, publicity to promote this year’s show and the use of an online application program for the first time.

“An Occasion for the Arts has an excellent reputation that is continuing to spread throughout the community of serious artists and vying for slots for this year’s show was highly competitive,” said Leo Charette, Artistic Director and Jury Coordinator of An Occasion for the Arts.

Five judges undertook a daylong deliberation to select 141 artists from among a pool of 322 applicants. Selected artists represent 29 states, with the entire eastern seaboard is represented.

Judges took several factors into account when selecting participants, including creativity, thought and intent behind the works of art, professional presentation and excellence in craftsmanship.

Despite the stiff competition, nine local artists have been awarded spots – six from Williamsburg, one from Toano and two from Lanexa.

Carlton Abbott, Tim Caviness, Richard Depaul, Archie Fripp, Ellen Pollock and Leo Charette, all of Williamsburg, will be displaying their jewelry, paintings, photography and mixed media art at AOFTA.

Elizabeth Krome of Toano’s Quail Run Pottery will be showing her ceramics at the festival.

Rounding out the local line-up is Ken Conger and Russell Turnage of Lanexa, who will be displaying their photography and ceramics, respectively.

This year’s show will take place on October 3 and 4. More information can be found here.