Nancy Comes In Second For Helen Aufford Memorial Award

At last weekend’s art festivaldetails, the Lake Wales Arts Council selected this painting of a hummingbird at a purple flower by Beatrice Athanas as the Helen Aufford Memorial Award winner. The painting itself is about 11″ by 14″ with a thick gold frame (not completely shown).  It will be displayed at the Lake Wales Arts Center as soon as they can get it hung.  The theme this year was ‘Birds of Lake Wales’.

Painting of Hummingbird at Purple Flower
Helen-Aufford-Award-winning painting by Beatrice Athanas

They said Nancy’s Osprey Family was an awesome picture that came in second (a position that is not formally recognized).  When we went to see the winning picture, I began to wonder if our own decisions may have cost us the prize. Following the same principle expressed by countless judges in our local Kendall Camera Club‘s monthly competitions that bigger pictures have more impact, we entered our 37″ by 68″ version.  Looking around the Arts Center, I see they have a number of previous winners, all of which are the same size as Ms. Athanas’ painting.  Hmm!

You shouldn’t let anything I’ve said here detract from your appreciation of Ms. Athanas’ work, which you can see for yourself.  at the same time, it would behoove one to do research into the needs and requirements of the sponsors before entering any competition.

Author: Bruce

Although I grew up in Garden Grove, California, I have lived here in South Miami longer than I've lived anywhere else in the world. I've been married to my wonderful wife, Nancy, longer than I was ever without her. We were both teachers. Nancy recently retired after 40 years. I have also spent time as an officer in the Coast Guard, a commercial property appraiser, and an electrical engineering student. Now I'm technical support for Bee Happy Graphics. That means I handle this blog, our web page, and all E-mail, I do all post-processing and printing of the images, I cut mats and glass and frames. If you have a technical question, I would be the one trying to answer it.

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