artist Alger takes top honors
in Gallery 104 competition
has already garnered
several other accolades
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (May 2010) When teenage artist
Anna Alger decided to enter the Animal Attraction art exhibit
contest sponsored by the Arts Association of Oldham County earlier this
year, she immediately thought of horses. Because her family had always
raised horses, this was the perfect subject matter for her to pursue.
Up against artists twice her age and older, Alger won in the multi-media
juried art exhibit. Her 30x40-inch oil on canvas painting, Clouds
Over July, depicts a summer scene of horses.
by Don Ward
teenager Anna Alger
won the recent Art
with her painting
She chose to paint her neighbors horses when I saw
them standing at the fence one day, and decided to paint them,
said Alger, 17. Her artwork will be displayed at Gallery 104 in La Grange
until May 14.
Artwork submitted for Animal Attraction featured pets and
favorite animal companions. Alger entered her painting because I
thought my piece fit the exhibit competition. For Alger, Its
great to have a local audience.
Animal Attraction judge, J. Barry Motes, selected Algers
work, saying, I felt it was, overall, the best work in the show.
It stood out as a beautiful, picturesque composition with vibrant color,
controlled brush work and a romantic sensibility.
Motes, Art Department Head for Jefferson Community & Technical College
in Louisville, was the sole judge for this exhibit. Judging is
usually difficult for me because I try to fairly assess what each artist
is trying to achieve in his or her work, he said.
Motes based his judging criteria on factors such as technical ability,
clarity of idea or theme, creativity, sense of humor and aesthetic strength.
Algers painting definitely caught his eye. The homeschooled student
mainly works in oil, preferring its ability to get different textures
and details, and its great colors.
Alger has taken art lessons at the Apple Tree Studio in Bedford, Ky.,
for the last 2 1/2 years. I always wanted to learn oil painting.
Her teacher at the studio, Vicki Eldridge, said that when Alger first
came to her, she was capable of taking an advanced drawing class. She
is able to draw and to see works realistically, Eldridge said.
The determined teen then worked independently for a time before trying
her hand at oil painting. When you try oil painting, usually drawing
doesnt hold the thrill it once did, Eldridge said.
Alger stuck with oil painting and it has paid off. Eldridge helped her
assemble a portfolio to help audition for the Governors Scholars
for the Arts. She wants to put her artwork out there, said
The teen has entered other competitions, placing Best of Show in a teen
exhibit in Trimble County, and placing Best of Show in an art competition
for the Third Congressional District in Kentucky. Algers work
even hangs in a corridor between the House of Representative and the
Senate in Washington, D.C. Her mother often finds artistic opportunities
for her to display her work.
Shes extremely gifted and the most motivated student Ive
ever had, Eldridge said. The sky is the limit for her.
Displaying an artistic wisdom far beyond her years, Alger said she definitely
plans to pursue an art degree in college in the future but isnt
sure yet where she will attend college.
The fact that Anna is a young artist is a tribute to her talent
and her fine execution of this painting, said Motes.
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