Nancy Gets Second Place In Photography

At the Lutz Arts & Crafts Festivalannounced last weekend, Nancy received second place in photography. This was our first time in this festival. It was a small festival with more crafts than fine art (I believe Nancy was one of only four photographers, but the others were very good). We are thankful for the award and look forward to next year’s show.

Picture Of Nancy Was In The Lakeland Ledger

Picture of Nancy in Lakeland Ledger newspaper
Picture in the Sunday, March 18, 2018 edition of the Lakeland Ledger (Page A6).

For what it’s worth, here’s a picture of Nancy at work at the Winter Haven Central Park Art Festival last March. You can read the whole article (which has even more information than the print version) at www.theledger.com/news/20180317/sunshine-artists-draw-crowds-to-40th-annual-central-park-festival-in-winter-haven or by clicking on the picture above.

Nancy Voted Worst Photographer By Artfest In The Pines Judges

Of the 69 artists present at the Pembroke Pines Artfest In The Pines earlier this monthblog, only three of us were photographers

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Photographers are typically the second largest group at art festivals, behind only jewelers.
so one might think our odds of an award for our category were much higher than normal. Nonetheless, First Place in Photography went to Michael Mandell of Pembroke Pines.
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Interestingly, we’ve both participated in Stuart’s ArtsFest the last few years, and have alternately won 1st Place in Photography there (for our history at Stuart, seeNancy Receives 3rd Place Photography Award In Stuart.
The Best In Show winner this year was also a photographer (which is also quite rare), Terrance Thompson, also of Pembroke Pines.

I thought now would be a good time to remind you what constitutes news. To paraphrase The News Manual, news must be timely, it must be true (although this requirement has fallen out of favor of late), and it must be unusual. This article definitely meets all of those requirements. It does not qualify to be added to our list of awards, however. Another beautiful thing about this post is that there is more than one conclusion that one might draw from this information. I’ll leave that as an exercise for the reader.

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.