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    May 2017, 12 Finalist Paintings Including Best In Show

    May 2017 Judge: Kathryn Stats

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    To Every Purpose by Suzie Baker (Best in Show)BEST IN SHOW: To Every Purpose by Suzie Baker. Judge's comment: This beautifully balanced piece combines strength of design and strong value contrast to ultimately convey a poignantly sensitive overall mood.



    Colorful Subject by Heather Arenas.Colorful Subject by Heather Arenas. Judge's comment: The scale and sobriety of this setting, interrupted by a well placed, bright and bold color treat, gives this small painting the strength of a much larger work.



    The Works by Debra KeirceThe Works by Debra Keirce. Judge's comment: Expertly painted with just the right amount of color surprise to make it uniquely interesting.  Well balanced in value, color and temperature, this is truly a feast for the eyes.



    Theo by Judy PilarczykTheo by Judy Pilarczyk. Judge's comment: This portrait of an average, everyday man demands our attention and admiration based on the beautifully rendered flesh tones even on this most common of subjects.



    Tangent by Guenevere SchwienTangent by Guenevere Schwien. Judge's comment: The handling of this interesting concept is superb. From back to front, the treatment of edges and subtle nuances lead the viewer to linger, study and marvel.



    Ross Alley by Patrick SaundersRoss Alley by Patrick Saunders. Judge's comment: Expertly designed and executed. The first thing that caught my eye was the sumptuous combinations of greens and their range of temperatures, leading back and through a cacophony of structures and colorful signs, all presiding above a shaded, more somber alley where one may not be aware of the light show dancing above.



    Dancing in the Light II by Marney Ward Dancing in the Light II by Marney Ward. Judge's comment: Sensitive, delicate and bold. These lovely flowers are indeed "dancing in the light." The lovely rhythm is repeated simply and softly in the understated background to complete this fine composition. It is as thought the flowers are emitting their own light. I almost hear music.



    On the Inside Looking Out by Carrie CookOn the Inside Looking Out by Carrie Cook. Judge's comment: In addition to the divisions of space, temperature and value being dead on, this provocative beauty of a painting reaches out with a soulful spirit.



    Gold Coins by Christine Debrosky Gold Coins by Christine Debrosky. Judge's comment: The weaving of warm and cool to form this sumptuous bit of sparkle is intriguing. The turquoise and violet-colored aspen trunks in shadow create an almost neon effect when complementing the bright and warm foliage, creating a surprising feast for the eye.



    Morning Market - Chichicastenango, Guatemala by Ned MuellerMorning Market - Chichicastenango, Guatemala by Ned Mueller.  Judge's comment: This difficult subject challenges the artist to repeat like colors, using aerial perspective to keep brighter versions of the same colors up front. This all takes place under high-keyed overcast skies with little bright light or shadow to help explain depth, lacking the use of tools otherwise available on a sunny day. And it all works! There is much of interest in this 9 x 12 piece to keep the viewer interested in exploring the composition.



    Watermelons by Ana Milena TamaraWatermelons by Ana Milena Tamara. Judge's comment: Very creative use of different styles and images woven together, resulting in a more interesting and lively image than a mere straight representation.



    Band of Gold by Leslie Sealey Band of Gold by Leslie Sealey. Judge's comment: Division of space, combined with relationship of color, value and temperature, combine to encourage the viewer to linger in the visual enjoyment of the viewing experience.



     
     

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