Grand Prize

Artist:

Gabrielle Weber

Title:

Balance

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Story:

Like a hummingbird is drawn to a bright colored flower, we are drawn to the beauty that is found in nature. Without it, what would become of us? The world we live in is a balance of light and dark, and just as flowers can be cultivated and grown, beauty and contentment can also be cultivated in our lives.

 

Best Photography

Artist:

Don Nocon

Title:

Sidewalk Soul

Picture 1

Story:

I find a connection with musicians, like we share a creative vein. Instrumentalists and voices that takes their craft to the street speak deep as I respect them for their hustle. It is not a debasement of their craft that they make it accessible to the people but rather a celebration of our connectedness. The dollar or two that someone throws in is the listener’s reply.

 

Best Paint

Artist:

Mara Hesed

Title:

Matt

Picture 3

Story:

MARA HESED’S paintings are largely about the power of feminine sexuality and the female gaze.

Mara’s background in theatre has made her naturally inclined toward painting figures in narrative settings. She works unabashedly in a traditional, representational style, juxtaposing her more contemporary, non-conventional world view. Mara is extremely concerned with the historical lineage of her art and her own ongoing pursuit of mastery. It is important to her to represent the people she paints as people, rather than concepts.

Mara creates sensuality and tactility in her compositions through her aggressive brush strokes and her dense layering of paint. This portrait uses paint to convey something both wild and placid.

 

Best Sculpture or Mixed-Media

Artist:

Arunas Zvinakevicius

Title:

Thoughts

Picture 2

Story:

Possessed by bed thoughts.

Fan Favorite

Artist:

Susanne Krausse

Title:

Man Horse
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Story:

There is a saying that states that life is a dance, I believe this is true. There is a pervasive give and take; also called a to and fro. There are high moments and low moments. Sometimes we stop and take time for reflection and sometimes we jump at chances. This dance is not always done naked or accompanied by centaurs, but it is a dance nonetheless.

I spent a summer in Italy learning these facts about life and about people. While studying the masters, who covered Florence with their artwork, I came up with this painting. I chose to use a mild blur and embellished palette because that is how my time in Italy felt. My trip to Italy was not all easy. It was hot and humid, I was far from my loved one’s and did not speak the language. There were many obstacles to overcome but I came out on the other side stronger and more prepared for life. My time there was transformative; both for my art and for my perspective on life which are often interchangeable. My goal was to communicate that with this piece.