Nancy Voted Worst Photographer By Artfest In The Pines Judges

Last updated on January 14th, 2019 at 05:15 pm

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

Last updated on November 16th, 2019 at 07:08 am

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.

Nancy Wins First Place For Photography In Stuart’s ArtsFest!

Last updated on July 23rd, 2019 at 04:47 pm

Nancy: 1st Place Photography at ArtsFest
Nancy with First Place ribbon

Sunday morning (Nancy’s birthday) we were greeted by a little angel with cymbals.  Her mom presented us with the first place ribbon for photography.  This was not for a particular image, but for the body of her work (which might even include her engagement with our audience and her environmental evangelism).  Needless to say, we were thrilled.

Nancy Made The News (sort of)

Last updated on July 23rd, 2019 at 04:49 pm

On November 12th Creative Pinellas posted an article by Mikell Herrick about Dunedin’s Art Harvest, which we participated in early November (as announced October 11th) in their Articulate Art + Design Blog. The article featured ten artists; Nancy was number eight. You can see her in the tenth of the twelve pictures in the article (you can also see her near the left edge of the fifth picture).  That was pretty cool.  After checking out the article at you can find out more about Creative Pinellas by clicking the “About” link at the very top of the page. Information on the author, Mikell, can be found by starting at