The LightSpaceTime Online Gallery ran a Vacation Special Art Competition (no theme) this June, asking artists to submit five images of their best abstract or representational art to be considered for exhibition. The gallery received 1558 entries from 39 different countries around the world, 43 states and the District of Columbia. There were only five overall winners, drawn from Painting and Other Media, 3 Dimensional Art and Photography and Digital Media, so I was especially honored to find that Rising Again has won a Special Merit Award in Painting and Other Media. Take a look at www.lightspacetime.art to see the 84 artists in this category with me, since I can only show you a small sample here.
The Marblehead Festival of the Arts is celebrated every Fourth of July weekend with exhibits and activities throughout the town. I have submitted paintings to the Painting Exhibit and Senior Art for as long as I have been eligible but have never won an award. Imagine my surprise when I got a phone call yesterday morning to tell me that my painting, Rising, in the Senior Art exhibit of the Festival, won the People’s Choice Award this year! People attending the exhibits have an opportunity to vote for their favorite work, and Rising got the most votes in Senior Art! I am beyond thrilled and happy to have this encouragement from the people who attended the festival in the last five days and saw fit to choose my painting. I am very honored, and I can’t seem to stop smiling!
No matter how many people tell you your work is good or how good you think you are, it’s always a thrill and a privilege to have a submission accepted into a juried exhibition. I entered the Salem Arts Festival for the first time this year and was honored to see Dancing With the Stars hanging in the Old Town Hall in Salem this weekend.
Looking for Love
I continue to enter juried art exhibitions, whenever I think my paintings are a good fit for a particular competition, since there’s no better way to be taken seriously as an artist than by getting a third party endorsement of your work. Family and friends may offer praise out of love, but the judgment of someone who doesn’t know you and does know art carries a lot more weight.
Since figurative is where I live, this one was a no brainer. I entered five paintings in the Figurative 2018 Art Exhibition, and, of those, Looking for Love was awarded Special Merit and Rising received Special Recognition and can be viewed on the Light Space & Time Gallery website. If you have the interest and/or patience to view the YouTube video of the Special Merit winners, you can see what good company I’m in.
I attended another lovely reception at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL, last Thursday night, celebrating the latest and largest Best of the Clubs juried exhibition, featuring the paintings, photographs and 3-D art of the many country club communities in this part of south Florida. I’m delighted that On Fire was displayed with a wonderful tropical landscape by Roma Josephs and a great portrait of a saxophone player by Diane Mittenthal, fellow painters at BallenIsles. Good company, I’d say.
Madeleine at 15
Madeleine at 15 won a Special Merit Award, and Haven’t I Seen You Here Before? won Special Recognition!! I entered two new competitions sponsored by the Light Space & Time Online Gallery in December and just received the results for the All Women Art Exhibition, particularly timely when feminism is the word of the year and women are being celebrated for our accomplishments. These two paintings were chosen for mention from among 1005 entries submitted from around the world. There is a slide show of this exhibition on their YouTube channel, as well as all of the gallery’s past shows.
Haven’t I Seen You Here Before?
Out of Reach
I just received notice that Out of Reach was awarded Special Recognition in the Nature 2017 Art Exhibition at lightspacetime.art. I’m thrilled to have this endorsement of my work and the online exposure that it provides. I was looking for gallery representation in south Florida last year and found very little support for new artists and minimal compensation for the work. A business associate of my husband owned an art gallery in Manhattan with his partner and closed it last year, because they weren’t making any money. Looking at both sides of the coin, it seems to me that Light, Space & Time Online Art Gallery represents the future of “affordable” art. It’s my honor to have been included in several of their competitions and exhibitions this year.
It’s been a busy month, so I just got to look through my website email to find and print my award certificate for Modern Family in the Seascapes Art Exhibition on lightspacetime.art. Imagine my surprise when I found two certificates, the second one for Aquarium! And Aquarium received a Special Merit Award! This painting was my first effort at jellyfish, the first time I painted on a gessoboard and the subject of the very first post I published on this website on July 13, 2013, called “Inspiration.”
I took a chance last month and entered several of my larger jellyfish paintings in a Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery “Seascapes” Art Exhibition, hoping that the judges would have a fairly broad view of what constitutes a seascape. Happily they did, and Modern Family was given Special Recognition in the Painting & Other Media category, along with 59 other entries. It will be on view at lightspacetime.art for the month of October, 2017, and will remain in their archives. Makes me want to paint more jellyfish…
How sweet it is to end a long weekend by opening an email that announces two of your paintings have been selected in an art competition! Keeping a promise to myself to put my work out in the world, I’m thrilled to have been included as one of the 40 artists who received Special Recognition (for my paintings, Closeup and Pipe Dreams), chosen from 781 entries in the 2017 7th Annual “Open” Art Competition—Painting & Other Media, at the Light Space & Time Online Gallery.
All winning entries are now featured on lightspacetime.art for the month of September, 2017; thereafter, the artwork will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives. Since there was no theme for this competition, I was able to enter some figurative paintings as well as a few of my smoke series paintings. Juried shows are so very subjective, that it’s hard to know what might appeal; all you can do is put yourself out there…
Special Recognition Artists
Dancing With the Stars
I read an article about rejection last year that caused me to make a concerted effort to enter as many exhibits and competitions as I could that come through my emails and art publications and relate to my work. The premise, of course, is that rejection is the best thing that can happen to an artist, making us try harder to ultimately become better at what we do. So after being turned down from various exhibits in New York City, Hollywood, Fl, & Los Angeles, CA, I was thrilled to find that two of my pieces have received recognition in the Special Merit Award Category of the Figurative Art Exhibition at the Light Space & Time Online Gallery, chosen from 667 entries. All winning entries are now featured on lightspacetime.art for the month of April 2017; thereafter, the artwork will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives. The Special Merit Award artists are featured in this video in alphabetical order, so my paintings don’t appear until about 10 minutes in, but I think you’ll appreciate all the wonderful work here. I’m very proud to be included, and, I must say, I think acceptance feels ever so much better than rejection…
I’ve exhibited my paintings at the BallenIsles Art Expo every year I’ve lived there, but this is the first time I’ve been interviewed about my work.
I attended a lovely reception at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL, Thursday night, celebrating the Best of the Clubs exhibition, which features the works of artists from thirteen country club communities in the area. While I enjoyed many of the paintings and the 3-D art, there were countless photographs that were impressive and a few that looked more like paintings—remarkable manipulation now possible in this world of digital photography.
I entered Love Me Tender and What’s Love Got To Do With It as a diptych called Film Noir, hopefully evoking those black and white movies of the 30’s and 40’s that I’ve watched ever since the 50’s (remember Million Dollar Movie?) and continue to see on Turner Classics. Just call it nostalgia…
If it’s January, it must be time for the BallenIsles Art Expo, and this marks the twelfth year I’ve shown my paintings here. Polarized caused a fair amount of conversation, but I was most gratified by the reactions to the portraits I showed as a diptych: Almost Herb and Sydelle. My friends have lived in BallenIsles as long as I have and were immediately recognizable to their friends and neighbors here. I’ll take that as a compliment…
The BallenIsles Art Expo | 2016 is open today through Sunday, showcasing the paintings, sculpture, photographs, woodworking, mixed media, needlework, paper art and pottery of eighty artists who live in this community. Given the opportunity to select only two of the paintings I’ve done this past year, I chose to exhibit Dancing in the Dark and Let’s Get Out of Here. Attending the lavish opening last night with some art loving friends, as always, I enjoyed the great variety of work displayed. Impressive…