Grand Prize Winner: Eric Staniford

Pain can cripple, mame, and destroy. That same pain can be used to heal, strengthen and regenerate.

Fan’s Choice: Henia Flynn

I am captivated by the human figure, the expression of emotion, the personality that exudes from every one of us, the stories our faces tell, the thousands of words conveyed by a single gesture; my friend Stella is an especially colorful woman–beautiful, creative, spiritual, inspiring… This image captures a moment of visitation, coffee with a friend, thoughtful conversation, the promise of many more such moments.

Best Painting: Anne Baumgartner

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard

We moved from Seattle to Los Angeles last year. The world tilted, our youngest child started college, and suddenly we were two souls in a foreign land. Starting a new job and navigating freeways consumed our early days. Making this city home felt like the more difficult task. Everyone asked, “How is is going in LA? Have you met good friends? Do you ever see your kids?” I wanted to give victorious answers and spin a story of success, but each day held a different story. There were tears, laughter, confusion and surprises. In the middle of the messy chaos was me and my life… month by month, day by day.
I saved calendar pages and painted on those for the base of this piece. They remind me of the daily rhythm beneath all of the change. I pasted maps from everyone’s new hometown and odd service tags designed to streamline random process. Layers of bright color contrast with dark spaces. The interesting, accidental shapes reference overlapping life events. We still cry sometimes, and the drips roll down.
As my title suggests, this is a story about hope and future. We are planting new things in the garden. Our daughter described it well, “Whenever we are together, then we are home.”

Best Photograph: Claire Mallett

As a woman and an artist my muse is Pre-code Hollywood and the female stars that dominated that era. From the advent of talkies in 1929 until July of 1934 when the enforcement of a strict set of moral rules and censorship, known as the Motion Picture Production Code (Hays code) came into effect, marked an incredible era in American cinematic history. During this time women on screen were unabashed, strong and free. They were in touch with their sexuality and took control of their lives with no apologies. In this day and age where feminism can be looked upon as a dirty word I look to these women for inspiration. Whether it’s Barbara Stanwyck climbing the career ladder in Babyface, Bette Davis making no excuses as an artist in Ex-Lady or Josephine Baker who not only made a stand for women but also for African Americans at this time. I want the subjects of my imagery to portray the same strengths of power, sexuality and freedom. Aesthetically I am heavily influenced by this era, black and white high contrast images, with an emphasis on shadow and a high design element. My influences in the photographic world are George Hurrell, Man Ray and Edward Weston who were all highly relevant during this time. By combining my deep-seated love of these masters with my contemporary sensibilities I have created my own voice and vision of the female form.

Best Sculpture: Peter Stevens