by Christy Rodriguez de Conte
Multi-media artist Elton Burgest lent his artistic eye as a juror for this year’s Creative Tallahassee exhibition, which runs through June 5 at City Hall Art Gallery.
Since April, this year’s Creative Tallahassee exhibition has filled the walls of the City Hall Art Gallery. As part of the Art in Public Places program, sponsored by the City of Tallahassee and presented by the Council on Culture & Arts, this curated exhibit features a vast array of 2-D and 3-D media by artists in the community. Highly educated visual artists from the Capital City region carefully reviewed and judged each submission.
The guest juror is selected because of their active and persistent dedication to local arts and unique knowledge of various artistic mediums. Still, art can be subjective, and judging it can be intimidating for everyone involved. Luckily for the artists who submitted, this year’s Creative Tallahassee juror Elton Burgest recognized and respected that creating art is a highly personal journey artists take when creating art.
He felt honored to be involved this year as an exhibition juror. “I can tell you there is art of different mediums, different messages, from the Tallahassee area showcasing their talents. Which in and of itself is a beautiful exchange,” said Burgest. “It is ridiculous how talented people are in this area. I think it’s important to see what people have come up with.”
Over 30 artists and as many as 75 pieces of art were selected, highlighting an array of artistic mediums such as photography, painting, mixed media, drawing, and digital artwork.
Like Burgest, an ideal guest juror is passionate about pushing contemporary art and arts initiatives within their community. Art has always been a form of expression for Burgest, which fulfills him at a deep level. To him, power resides in purpose, and art is his purpose.
Burgest says, “Now we are going to talk about Jesus.” He chuckles and shares a time as a young child when he built a cross made out of Legos. He told his mom God had put it in his hands. Since then, he has searched for purpose in his life only to circle back to his faith, community, and the art that had been there from the beginning.
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