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The secret's safe with me

September 24, 2009 - Diane Speer
One of the interesting perks of working for a newspaper and cultivating sources is that often times you get to find out the news before everyone else does. Such is the case with the winners in this year's Northeast Michigan Juried Artists Exhibition, currently hanging at the Besser Museum.

I stopped out at the museum earlier this week to check out the just hung exhibit and to grab a photo or two for a future story. The names of the winners won't be revealed until this coming Saturday's reception held for the artists, but I asked for and was given the list ahead of time in preparation for my upcoming story that will run next week.

If you are a staff member at the museum and reading this blog, don't worry - the secret is safe with me! I surely wouldn't want to ruin it for those who will be honored on Saturday.

The exhibit is always one of my favorites because it shows what an abundance of talent there is right here in Northeast Michigan. A guest juror views all the submitted work and makes the selections, not only of who takes top honors, but also for which pieces are even admitted into the show. For example, a total of 96 pieces were entered in the competition, but only 50 made it into the exhibit.

As I walked around the gallery looking at each of the 50 pieces, I was impressed. I don't have an artist's technical eye, so I only know which works I respond to on a personal level. I have to say it was definitely fun studying the winners and seeing what it was about each piece that made the juror award a prize. Be sure and stop by the museum and check out the exhibit yourself - or better yet - attend the reception that is slated for Saturday, Sept. 26 from 6-8 p.m.

In the meantime, in true journalistic form, the identities of those who won will remain a closely guarded secret!


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