The reception for the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts 39th Juried Art Show took place in June, with prizes for both 2D and 3D pieces. Artist Pamela McCowan took first place in the Adult 3D category for her clay sculpture piece, called Three Ways to Solve a Problem.

“There’s a bit of a narrative to this one,” she said. “Each figure shows a different way someone might respond to a problem. One is passing it off to someone else. One is just avoiding it. The other is taking it on and is working with it.”

McCowan is a retired high school art teacher, and has worked as an artist for between 20 and 30 years.

“Clay sculpture was always fun for the students. When I retired, I was able to take it up full time, and painting as well,” she said.

McCowan says she’s always been interested in figure work.

“Clay is a wonderful material to work with, because it’s expressive in its own right. Sometimes I’ll start working with clay and I don’t know what I’m going to do, but the clay tells me,” she said. “There’s a lot of expression in my work, with the faces and the hands.”

McCowan says she felt honoured for her work to be featured alongside the other pieces in the competition.

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