On June 28, an estimated crowd of 100 previewed the opening of the Door Prize for Portraiture, with guest juror Deborah Rosenthal, Miller Art Museum curator emeritus.
The invitational exhibit of 30 works by area artists was an “intimate selection of works exploring a unique variety and interpretation of the genre of portraiture,” said Rosenthal. She selected a Best in Show and three honorable mentions. Hermke Timm, Karin Overbeck and Michael Nitsch were awarded honorable mentions, and Best in Show went to photographer Suzanne Rose for her black and white digital photo image of her daughter, titled “Sixteen, Unmasked.”
Six years ago, when her daughter was 10 years old, Rose made a portrait of her titled “Dear One.” In the portrait she is masked to symbolically represent Rose’s parental protection with an emphasis on public and digital restrictions. Looking over her shoulder with curiosity, she was given her freedoms but with limitations. At sixteen, her freedoms and responsibilities abound. Unmasked at sixteen, she is finding her stride with confidence while knowing Rose will always have her back.
The portraits are on display to the public on Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm through July 14 at Chez Cheryl Artspace, located at 8360 High Plateau Road, west of Baileys Harbor.