Our theme for the November art competition was “Countryside”. The submission process and competition for the artists began in the middle of October and concluded on November 28, 2011. We received 364 entries from 10 different countries from around the world, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Poland, Netherlands, Australia, Hungary, Croatia, Germany, Portugal, and China. In addition, we received entries from 27 different states. Overall, we received a broad selection of media including acrylic, watercolor, oil, encaustic, digital, photography, pencil, prints, mirror, mixed media and pressed flowers and we tried to include as many of these different media as possible in this exhibition.
Due to the volume and the quality of the entries received this month we also included 65 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 was exceptional. In addition, most of the artists who were not chosen could have easily received Special Recognition awards, as their art was also outstanding. 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 to a Slide Show. In order to leave the Slide Show at any time, just click on the large image in order to escape.
We want to thank everyone for participating in this art competition. Just because your photography 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 online and “Bricks and Mortar” 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 December 2011 and 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 “Countryside” Art 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 – Arthur Goldberg – “Dieulefit”
Arthur Goldberg’s career spans a variety of media and takes him to many countries of the world. His water colors document travels from Bali to Baltimore, from Negril to Corfu. And, in these travels, Arthur has enjoyed interacting with people on a personal level which this then led him to portraiture. Whether in pastel, oil pastel, water color, pen and ink, or pencil, portraiture provides a unique connection between the artist and the subject unlike any other.
Arthur states “I love to draw and paint; design and fabricate; read and write; sing and dance; shoot 80% from the foul line; love my wife and family; help an old lady across the street; make a small child smile; basically, enjoy my time on earth”. Arthur’s website is http://artgoldbergdesigns.com
2nd Place – Dennis Sabo – “RL Ranch”
Dennis Sabo is an internationally acclaimed photographer, writer, and television producer who has extensive travel experience and is considered an expert regarding natural history and marine sciences for certain locales.
His photography has appeared in a variety of books, magazines, newspapers, and gallery showings including NOVA, NASA, Canon USA, MSNBC, Hilton Hotels, Forbes, Ocean Conservancy, Blue Planet, Living Southern Style, Knoxville Arts in the Airport Spring 2011 Exhibit, Blowing Rocks Preserve- Hobe Sound, Florida, and the National Juried Exhibition-Emporium-Knoxville, TN. Dennis’ website is http://www.dsabophoto.com
3rd Place – Paula Oakley – “Forging the Past”
Paula is a self-taught artist living in East Sussex, UK. Paula paints in acrylics as she loves the depth and vibrancy that she can achieve with them. Her inspirations come from life that surrounds her, especially taking traditional subjects and depicting them on canvas in a modern style. Her website is https://www.comgallery.co.uk/artist/paula_oakley
4th Place – Jeanne Tanks – “Ready for the Reaper”
Jeanne is a Virginia based artist who mainly paints in encaustics and oils. Jeanne was trained in traditional approach of painting while living in Europe. She also has over 14 years’ experience using painting-w-glass as a fine art medium in a framed 2-D format. She has developed several techniques for this representational style that will soon be documented in a book that she is presently writing. Her website is http://www.GlassAglowStudio.com
5th Place – Cynthia Fleury – “Heartland Minnesota”
Cynthia Fleury is a Minnesota 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. Her digital artistry began in 2004 when digital image capture became a more viable art form than traditional film photography. Cynthia’s website is http://www.cynthiafleury.com
Honorable Mention – Gail Daley – “Foggy Morning”
Gail is a self-taught artist who concentrates on the interconnected relationship between man and nature, and the strong bond between humans and animals. Simple images of everyday life (past and present), pets, and animals dominate my representational art. Gail also likes to create abstracts because they are fun. She also has a prolific body of Fantasy and Science Fiction art. She has won many national awards for her abstracts, pet portraits and historical scenes. Gail’s website is http://www.gaildaleyfineart.com
Honorable Mention – Marion Deacon – “Harvest Time at Manor Farm”
Marion loves colors and much of her painting is very alive with vibrant textures. Marion states that “painting is one of the aspects of my life that makes me alive. Every painting is a journey of exploration and a fulfillment of a deep desire to record our beautiful and diverse landscape and natural surroundings. It is about ‘being’ in the landscape.” Marion’s website is www.exploring-landscape-painting.com
Honorable Mention – Cristina Goia – “Tall Grass”
Cristina’s drawing technique is rooted in the tradition of the old masters while her inspiration comes from her personal journey and experience. She currently is living on Salt Spring Island BC and has traveled extensively from an early age, being exposed to many cultures and their art traditions. Observing a relationship between the land, the people and their art, over time she has developed a commitment to naturalism. Portraying people and their natural environment, her pieces can be described as representational, mass-drawing or painting with a dry media. Her website is http://cristinagoiaart.blogspot.com
Honorable Mention – Jeff Grant – “Summer Paddock”
Jeff Grant is an Australian landscape photographer who shares his time between the beaches of Sydney, and the Snowy Mountains. In his art he seeks simple and elegant compositions which express his love of the natural world. Jeff’s website is http://www.jeff-grant.com
Honorable Mention – Vincenza Harrity – “Close to Harvest”
Vincenza Harrity is an artist who lives in Cleveland, Ohio. She was formally trained in fashion illustration and has always sought to develop her skills as a painter with classes and workshops. For more than 10 years, she has focused on capturing essences of objects and landscapes through still life and En plein air by using oils. Her website is http://studiovincenza.blogspot.com/