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Commitment to skill—When the Morris Museum Exhibitions Curator, Ann Aptaker, sat down to select the barebrush August calendar, she noted the general loss of skill in the art world over the last 30 years, but thought that maybe this was starting to turn around. Happily, barebrush artists pleasantly confirmed her hopes. “There is a lot of talent here,” she said, “and the artists are taking skill seriously.” Aptaker chose Jennie Rosenbaum to launch the month with her sweeping use of space. She praised Donna Cleary for her “fearlessness,” and Guenter Knop for his wonderful humor and composition. She thought Sara Swan showed simplicity, understanding and beautiful choices. Aptaker called John Luce Lockett’s painting “unusual and a lot of fun,” and Jim Van Kirk's drawing “sensitive.” Aptaker thought Haydee Torres showed an understanding and sensuousness of line which makes her piece “very sexy.” A. Galban also used “strong and very graceful lines.” Overall, she was “happy to see the artists enjoying themselves,” and commented that “really fine art requires both skilled labor and inspiration.”The 31 artworks represented in August, 2008, in day order are by: 1* Jennie Rosenbaum, 2 Suhas Tavkar, 3 Dan McCormack, 4 Sylvia Cheung, 5* Sara Swan, 6 Charles Schindler, 7 Ariel Velez ariel, 8* Guenter Knop, 9 Rene Hinds, 10 Charmaine Frost, 11 Angelique Moselle Price, 12 Peter Matthews, 13 Chanit Roston, 14* Donna Cleary, 15 Lucinda Luvaas, 16 Carmiah Frank, 17 Donelli J. DiMaria, 18 Judith Araujo-Volkmann, 19 A. Galban, 20 Tony Lee, 21 Sima Schloss, 22 David Moreschi, 23 Ilene Skeen, 24 Jean Marcellino, 25 Linda Moses, 26* Haydee Torres, 27 John Luce Lockett, 28 Harvey Mercadoocasio, 29 Jim VanKirk, 30 Serge Lis, 31 Michael Mooney.
*Curators' Choice nominee. Nominees for the N*de-of-the-Month were selected by the guest curator as Curator's Choice. All barebrush curators have an opportunity to rank the Curator's Choice in their own special poll. Winners determined by a statistical combination of the curators and popular votes.