Botanicals Art Exhibition – April 2011

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Our exhibition theme is “Botanicals”. The submission process and competition for the artists began in the middle of February and ended on March 29, 2011. We received 414 entries from 8 different countries from around the world, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Austria, Australia, Greece, Mexico, Qatar and Spain. In addition, we had entries from 27 different states. We received a broad selection of media including, watercolors, oils, acrylics, digital art, photography, mixed media and pencils and our show is representative of these media and styles.

Due to the volume and the quality of the entries received this month we also included 50 artists who were chosen for Special Recognition. The artists in this group could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art is exceptional. We hope that you will take the time to also enjoy their beautiful art work too. To view their work click on the thumbnail image and that will take you a Slide Show. To get out of the Slide Show click on the large image to escape.

We want to thank everyone for participating in this art competition. Just because your artwork was not selected is not a reflection on your artistic talents and skill. It takes a lot of courage and nerve to enter and expose yourself to this type of competition and you should be applauded for your efforts. Please do not give up entering art competitions and calls for art, as your art could have easily been chosen here too.

All winners will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of April 2011. Thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives. Congratulations to our artists who made our Botanicals Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winners and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s archive page for further ongoing promotion.

If anyone has any comments, thoughts or feedback, we would like to hear from you, as we would like to improve our online gallery, the competitions and our exhibitions. Thank you.

1st Place – Barry Seidman – “Yellow Calla Lily”

Barry Seidman grew up in New York’s fast-paced advertising business establishing him as one of the top advertising print media photographers in the country. He specialized in still-life photography and worked for the top major brands in the world. Using his vast techniques and knowledge of lighting as a foundation, he continues to be selected for various solo and group exhibitions in South Florida. His website www.barryseidman.com

2nd Place – Marie Dancy-Brennan – “The Bride”

Marie Dancy-Brennan graduated with a BA in graphic art from San Diego State University. She has been involved in the art community for the past 30 years, selling and exhibiting mainly in the San Diego area. Art is an unexpected connection to nameless and wordless inner being found through and exploration of line, shape and color. Her website http://www.zhibit.org/mdbrennan

3rd Place – Eva-Maria Ruhl – “Baby Fig”

Eva-Maria Ruhl works full-time as an artist from her studio in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She holds a certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the Corcoran School of Art and Design. Her works have been included in the Corcoran Gallery of Art exhibition “Botanical Treasures of Lewis and Clark” and at the US Botanic Gardens in DC. Her illustrations of plants will be included in book due to be published in April of 2010. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and of Studio 155. Her website http://www.evaruhl.com/

4th Place – Carmel Brantley – “Frangipani 3”

Carmel Brantley is an award winning fine art and commercial photographer residing in South Florida. Her images are included in several private collections in Palm Beach, Miami, New York and St. Marten. Always a flower child, Carmel combines her two passions – photography and flowers, to create images that explore the simplicity and subtle beauty in nature. Her website http://www.brantleyphotography.com/

5th Place – Greg Allikas – “David Sander”

Greg Allikas is known the world over for his brilliant photographs of orchids, flowers and foliage. His extensive knowledge of his subject and arts background offer a unique interpretation that is both accurate, and stunningly beautiful. His photos are regularly seen in orchid publications and have been published in Russia, Germany, Sweden and South America. His most recent book co-authored with Ned Nash is titled Four Seasons of Orchids. His website http://www.graphicgreg.com

Honorable Mention – Tim Arroyo – “Rose 23”

Tim Arroyo is a photographer, artist, and educator from Chicago, IL. He theaches digital imaging, which is only fitting as the art that he create is predominately digital. His work has been exhibited locally in Chicago, as well as in national galleries and museums. His website http://www.timarroyo.com

Honorable Mention – Peggy Curtis – “Red Beauty”

Peggy Curtis lives in Seattle, WA. During the last five years she has developed a body of work around close-up photography—a lovely world of surprises in color, light, and form. The closer she gets to her subject, the more she discovers what she never knew was there—and the more amazing the world becomes. Some of her images she discovered in her garden, some she found nearby her grandfather’s tool shed, and others lay half hidden among weeds. Her website Peggy Curtis

Honorable Mention – Cynthia Fleury – “Orchid Illusion”

Cynthia Fleury is a Twin Cities based fine art photographic artist who creates artistic interpretations of seascapes, landscapes, cityscapes, floral, still life, travel and digital art. Her passion is experimental photography and creative processes and techniques such as infrared photography, light painting, digital handcoloring, HDR, and creative Photoshop techniques. She has studied art on and off over the years and has painted in acrylic, oil and watercolor. Her interest in photography as an art form began in 1998 when she studied photography at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. http://fleury.myexpose.com/

Honorable Mention – Gary Greene – “Back Petals”

Gary has been an accomplished fine artist, illustrator and photographer since 1967. He is the author of ten books, most recently: The Ultimate Guide to Colored Pencil and five colored pencil video workshops. He has written articles for The Artist’s Magazine and his colored pencil paintings have appeared in, among many others: American Artist and International Artist. Gary has taught workshops internationally in art and photography since 1985. http://www.ggart.biz

Honorable Mention – Elsye Smith – “Sunflower”

My grandmother loves plants and flowers and is a passion that she passed on to me. Even my mother, an avid hiker and camper, has a passion for growing. This passion is where these images come from. There is something very calming about being surrounding by plants. I love to take close up images of all kinds of plants and flowers. It helps me to connect, not only to the plants, but to nature.  elysesmith71@gmail.com

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