Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Judge Jean Stern's Picks

And the last award is Jean Stern's (Director of the Irvine Museum) Judges Award.

I want to thank Jean and Jeff for there hard work. Believe me. They spent hours in here mumbling at the sensational artwork.

Denise LaRue Mahlke Lavender Twilight

1st Place
Denise LaRue Mahlke "Lavender Twilight" $550

Denise's image captures the beautiful light in every aspect of this elegant pastel, a very difficult media.

2nd Place
Jennifer McChristian "Anticipating Alms" $900

The rich, confident colors and dramatic use of light define this rendition of an everyday French scene.

3rd Place
Mikel Wintermantel "Winter's Warm Welcome" SOLD

This is an extremely confident painting with a great use of color to capture the sunset against the snow.

Judge Jeff Horn's Award Picks

Jeff Horn is a very talented artist. He has chosen his three picks. I wish I had a video of him muttering around the gallery as he looked at all this beautiful work.

The awards are for $1000, $750 and $500 in that order.

1st Place
Andrew Bolam "Early Start" $950

Jeff's Comments
In the digital jpeg form his painting was not near as impressive as it was to me in person. I will remember that when viewing paintings on line in the future. The real thing is tonal gem. I was also drawn to the work for the beauty of it’s abstract design.

2nd Place
Kevin Courter "Dusk and the Crescent Moon" SOLD

Jeff's Comments
The mood evoked in this painting kept calling me back. A painting that takes the viewer there, is my definition of a successful painting.
3rd Place
Carol Marine "Abandoned" SOLD

Jeff's Comments
The economy of means with which this truck was painted required that I give this work an award. Every stroke is simple and direct. It appears to have been painted with ease and correctly the first time. Nothing is overworked.

Gallery Awards

These are the gallery awards for our 6 Inch Squared Show

Let me explain. I was too dysfunctional to get the ballots out so my very knowledgeable and capable staff (and I) made the choice.

These awards are $500 each.

Michael Godrey "Vroosh" $1,200

The title captures the feeling but you would have to see this work of art in person to grasp a sense of the emotion, movement, light and detail that Michael captures in this 6x6 panel. If this does not sell, it is going home with me. Magnificent!

David Teter "Vincent Thomas Bridge #1" SOLD

David's haunting image is dramatically powerful, a true tribute to a Long Beach monument.

Frank Gardner "Mexican Horseman" SOLD

Paint five more, please. The vivid color and strong shadows create a festive mood as you feel the warm Mexican light and hear the sound of the parade.
Terry Mirua "House on Horizon" SOLD

Less is indeed more. Terry's confident style is appreciated by every artist. These deft brush strokes in an almost unfinished panel lay a road map down for fellow artists to follow.

Scott Fitzgerald "California" $750

Scott's infinite attention to fine detail combined with a life time of studying the Masters made his works a standout in a very competitive field of artists.

Honorable Mentions

These are the honorable mentions for our 6 Inch Squared Show

Let me preface this by saying that any artist that had sold two or more pieces was not able to win an Honorable Mention. For God's sake. You sold two pieces. Let some other artists have some fun!

Honorable Mention receive a $100 dollar award.

And the winner of the Honorable Mentions are.......

Cindy Wilbur "Valley Vineyard" $325

Becky Joy "Giovanni" $325

Janine Salzman "Retirement" $365

Michael Naples "Leisure Time" SOLD

Mark Farina "Carmel Beach" $400

Tom Balderas "Color Study on The Shore" SOLD

Margaret Dyer "Noah and His Boat" $450

Camille Przewodek "Don't Fence Me In" $950

Richard Stergulz " Shave and a Haircut" $600

Justin Clayton "Pair of Avacados" $350

Bill Suys "Day Sail" $1100

Elizabeth Pollie "In Like a Lion" $375

Nancy Crookston "Weaving the Future" $1450

Michelle Dunaway "Resting" SOLD

Mark Scwartz "Twisting Figure #1" $625

Thomas Kitts "After the Rain" $400

Christine Hooker "Tuscan Pottery #3" $420

Alicia Sotherland "Little Fairie" $270

Judith Cameron "Halved Lemon #2" $280

Dale Terbush "To Remember You Always" SOLD

Michael Obermeyer "Autmn Sunset" $675

Kim Lordier "Move" $600

Rick Delanty "Casino" $450

Thomas Schaller "Sailboat Pond, NYC 1" $375

Calvin Liang "Newport Sailboats" $700

Friday, January 8, 2010

Open Studio Figure Study

Open Studio Figure Study

Boudoir Themed Poses
January 16th, 2010
Featuring noted model
Toni Czechorosky
"Everytime I receive an invitation to create and bring my talents
to the table in a collaboration, I take it as a gift."

I am inviting you to take part in some very special events that I think will be exciting to you as an artist. I am gathering together a special group of artists who I know will find working together in a studio environment a stimulating and creative experience. It will be my desire to have a gallery show of this work at our gallery on a regular basis.

We are pleased to have noted model Toni Czechorosky
for our first figure event. Toni has studied classical ballet for over 25 years and been a professional model for ten years working with such institutions as Otis Art Institute, Dreamworks, Sony, Art Center and Disney to mention a few. She has been painted by artists such as Jeremy Lipking, Ryan Wurmser, Mian Situ, Adrian Gottlieb, Peter Adams, Alexey Steele, Ignat Ignatov.

Ryan Wurmser

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