At last weekend’s art festival in Lake Walesschedule, 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 research the needs and requirements of the sponsors before entering any competition.