Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery
at Keene State College
1999 Biennial Regional Juror's Choice Exhibition at Keene State College's Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery
Jude Roberts-Rondeau of Brattleboro, Vt. was chosen the winner of the People's Choice Award for this oil painting, "Northbound," in the 1999 Biennial Regional Juror's Choice Exhibition at Keene State College's Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery. This large work depicts a northbound Amtrak train rumbling alongside the Connecticut River near Main and Canal streets in Brattleboro. The painting is one of 83 pieces of art created by artists living within 30 miles of Keene which were on exhibit through Friday, March 12. Keene State College photo by Mark Corliss
Jude Roberts-Rondeau of Brattleboro, Vt. has been chosen the winner of the People's Choice Award for her oil painting, "Northbound," in the 1999 Biennial Regional Juror's Choice Exhibition at Keene State College's Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery.
The painting is one of 83 pieces of art selected by juror John Stromberg of Boston University from the 436 pieces submitted by 165 artists living within 30 miles of Keene. The juried exhibit, which opened Feb. 6, continued through March 12,1999
During the exhibit, visitors were invited to vote for their favorite work of art. Out of 280 votes cast, Roberts-Rondeau's painting received the most ballots. Her large oil painting depicts a northbound Amtrak train rumbling along the tracks that border the Connecticut River near Main and Canal streets in Brattleboro. She will receive a $100 cash award along with the People's Choice Commendation.
"I'm very pleased that people like my paintings, but I'm not sure why," says Roberts-Rondeau, who started painting in the early 1980s. "Perhaps they get drawn into the storytelling aspect of the piece, because the landscape is familiar. People have told me my work makes them look at their community with different eyes."
This is the first time Roberts-Rondeau has entered the Thorne's Biennial Regional Juried Exhibition. She has lived in Brattleboro since the 1970s, so is very familiar with the area that has inspired her large landscapes. She usually starts her landscapes in the field, where she does a rough sketch, returning to her studio to work in oil. Roberts-Rondeau paints on paper rather than canvas because she prefers the feel of paper. In addition to a full-time art career, Roberts- Rondeau teaches figure skating in the winter months.
Also on display through Aug. 4, 1999 is the exhibit Paintings by Joseph Lindon Smith: Egypt at the Thorne. Smith recorded with a paint brush ancient artwork as it was found by archaeologists, and therefore, the exhibit captures the excitement of unearthing the tombs of the Pharaohs.
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