GATES MILLS — The 48th Annual Gates Mills Art Show will open this Sunday to display up to 150 works from local artists, including paintings, drawings, graphic prints, photographs and sculptures. The judges for the show, known as icons in the Cleveland art community, said that they are looking for pieces that are creative and unique.

Nicole Woods, 29, of Cleveland Heights judged submissions for the first time this year and said that she wants to see the artists’ unique perspective in their work.

“I’m looking for the individual person and how they see the world,” she said. “I’m also looking for how they understand and use materials.”

Ms. Woods added that the paintings include various types of paint, including acrylic and watercolor. She currently serves as the director of the Reinberger Gallery at the Cleveland Institute of Art and works as an artist with an in-house studio.

Lauren Davies of Brecksville also is a new judge for the event. Focusing her critical eye on submissions allows her to get to know some of the local artists, since she moved here six years ago from San Francisco, California.

“There are a broad array of submissions,” she said. “I look for [the artist’s] process, material, style and subject matter.

“Sometimes simple charm makes a nice painting. Encountering a charming painting amongst all the ambitious paintings is fun,” she said.

Ms. Davies is an artist and formerly served as the director of 2731 Prospect Gallery, which closed in 2017.

There were 259 paintings submitted, but between 130 and 150 works of art will make the cut for the show, according to Chairman Bob Andreano. Residents of 24 local communities who are 18 years of age or older were eligible to submit their work, including Gates Mills, Chagrin Falls, Pepper Pike and Solon.

The third judge, Guy-Vincent of Cleveland, has judged this art show for the last five years. He said that his favorite parts of the show are to see how artists grow over time and finding hidden gems.

“It’s interesting to see the evolution of artists,” he said. “Every year there are also some unexpected gems that pop out.”

Guy-Vincent is a full-time artist and works as an educator with marginalized communities and in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. He also formerly owned a gallery called Elevation Art.

The 48th Annual Gates Mills Art Show runs from Sunday through April 28. This show is open from 12-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Gates Mills Community House, 1460 Chagrin River Road. There is no admission cost and all works will be for sale.

Julie Hullett has been a reporter for the Chagrin Valley Times since August of 2018 and covers Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike and Woodmere. She graduated from John Carroll University with a journalism degree in 2018.

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