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Dr. Sara James To Judge 2023 Arts In The Middle Festival


Because you don’t really have a more exciting thing to do on June 3rd & 4th. you will have to come to Arts in the Middle Fine Arts Festival at Hewick Plantation in Urbanna. Come for sensational art, good food and good music. Come select your favorite art, artists and match your picks with the judging.


This year, Dr. Sara Nair James, will make selections for Best in Show, Second Place, Best Photography, Best Painting, Best Jewelry, 3 Honorable Mentions, Best Local Artist, and Best Student Artist from 100 displaying artists sharing works of Ceramics, Painting (oil, watercolor, acrylic), Digital/Printmaking, Mixed Media, Fiber/Leather Arts, Sculpture (wood, metal, glass), Photography, Drawings and Other Media.


She advises that she will be looking for good form, composition, and originality; for fulfilling the guidelines of the show; and for handling and understanding of the media.


Dr. Sara Nair James is Professor Emerita of Art History at Mary Baldwin University, where she taught for 25 years; she also concurrently served as Mary Baldwin’s director of Renaissance Studies in Italy Program. She began her art career teaching high school art and children’s art for the recreation department in Charlottesville and while judging will have sensitivity to children’s art. Previously she also taught at Tidewater Community College, and Old Dominion and Norfolk State Universities. She holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Virginia, an MA with honors from Old Dominion University, and a BA from Mary Baldwin College. In her retirement she taught adult classes with the Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton. She currently serves as a lecturer, study leader, and educational resource for Smithsonian Journeys and the National Trust tours to various European locations. She is the author of two books, Art in England from the Saxons to the Tudors: 600-1600 (2016) and Signorelli and Fra Angelico at Orvieto: Liturgy, Poetry and a Vision of the End-time (2003).


Arts in the Middle, at Hewick Plantation near Urbanna, is a great place to see, be seen and enjoy especially on an early summer day. It is not just a show. It will be an experience! It will tantalize your taste buds, sooth you by music and will be a super place to see, find, acquire, if you wish, great art. Come out Sunday to see the award winners.

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