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.
Last weekend, Nancy received an award at what would be the 31st Anniversary of ArtsFest in Stuart. This was not our first award at ArtsFest (in fact, I see a trend developing). Once again, we were very thankful.
At Ridge Art Association‘s Central Park Art Festival in Winter Haven the weekend of March 19th, Nancy received an Honorable Mention. I’m having trouble confirming it, but I think she was the only photographer to win an award at this festival.
At the 30th Anniversary of ArtsFest in Stuart, Nancy got another award. That was our second time at that festival, and our second award. We were again thrilled (the idea of someone appreciating your work never gets old). You should have been there.
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’.
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.
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.
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 http://www.articulatesuncoast.com/blogs/art-design/9-art-design/1887-Artdunedin-s-art-harvest-2015 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 http://www.articulatesuncoast.com/bloggers.