Our theme for the August Art Competition was “Seasons”. The submission process and competition for the artists began in the middle of July and ended on August 29, 2011. We received 394 entries from 13 different countries from around the world, including the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Poland, Croatia, Russia, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hungary, Romania, Greece and Denmark. In addition, we had entries from 21 different states. We received a broad selection of media including, watercolors, oils, acrylics, collage, digital art, fabric, photography, mixed media, ink, charcoal and pencils. Overall, we tried to include these different media and styles. We believe that the show is representative of this as well.
Due to the volume and the quality of the entries received this month we also included 55 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. 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 a Slide Show. In order to leave the Slide Show at any time, just 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 September 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 “Seasons” 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 – Jon Holiday – “Harrisville”
For 26 years, Jon has been the owner and operator of Image One Media in Fort Worth, TX, who specializes in photography, video production, and audio-visual presentations. Jon fell in love with photography at age 9, and has received numerous awards for his images. He founded and led the Hope Camera Club for 8 years, and as such has done numerous instructional presentations and training sessions. His photographic experience spans a variety of styles and situations. www.photosbyjon.com
2nd Place – Charla Puryear – “Wintered Beach”
Charla Puryear first began her paintings by going into the wilderness. Charla selects rocks or trees for their compelling texture and energy. She wraps canvas around the rock or tree, apply paint to the canvas and by rubbing, she transfers the image of the surface texture onto the canvas. This image then provides the sketch for her paintings which she then will complete in her studio. Charla states that “my paintings reflect the partnership between myself and the Earth. They are my way of cooperating with nature, amplifying its voice, and sharing it with others.” www.charlapuryear.com
3rd Place – Marie Dancy-Brennan – “Autumn Leaves”
Marie Dancy- Brennan has a degree from San Diego State University in graphic arts and has taught, painted and sold artwork for almost 40 years in the San Diego area. Marie has recently shown in the juried shows of Southwestern Annual Art Show and the SDCOE Art Teachers Show. She took 1st Place in the Light, Space & Time Online Art Gallery’s October 2010 “Liquid” Exhibition with her work “Wave”. Marie recently stated that “art opens the mind to endless possibilities. It’s an expression of our untapped and unexpressed and even unexpected emotions. Exploring my inner world is a continuing adventure.” www.zhibit.org/mdbrennan
4th Place – Cynthia House – “Autumn’s Harvest”
Cynthia House grew up on a sheep and wheat farm in the harsh dry west of New South Wales in Australia where animals were very much a part of everyday life. Cynthia states that “being a visual artist is the greatest creative challenge I know and I really love to work with pastels. Creating an image that tells a story, one that touches your soul is what I aspire to with every painting I create. She goes on to say that being passionate about animals, I want to share the joy wonder and humor they have brought to my life through my art. “ http://the-pastel-cat-artist.com
5th Place – Georgette Grey – “Pumpkins”
Georgette Grey lives and works in Ohio. Since her childhood she spent her days exploring the surrounding woods. She states that “I have been fascinated by nature my whole life and that interest has continued through many moves and travels. I have a strong design background due to 25+ years as a graphic designer, which I believe informs and supports my compositions. I have enjoyed a life-long interest in horticulture and my interest is engaged by all sorts of life. Painting is one avenue through which I can share with others the joy, and wonder my subjects inspire in me.” http://www.vertuarts.com
Hon. Mention – Carol Ann – “Harvest”
Carol Ann lives in Tucson, Arizona. After a twenty-five year sales and marketing career, she switched careers and since 2000 has been a full-time artist. During the first years of her painting career, Carol was best known for her colorful watercolor interpretations of Mexico, Europe, and the American Southwest. She has since evolved to focus on abstract and non-objective acrylic and collage paintings. www.carolannart.com
Hon. Mention – Sonya Conti – “January’s Return”
Sonya Conti desires to have her artwork express emotion and convey to the viewer an atmosphere within the boundaries of the canvas. Through the discovery of the elements; water, earth, air, temperature, color as a child she would explore and experience for the first time is the intent. She states that “it is that discovery that changes the art and connects us in life as individuals,” Mary goes on to say that “interpret the art unconditionally; the way only you as the viewer experience it. Allow yourself to carry on an inner dialog that stimulates all of your senses providing reflection and possibilities (past present-a gift and future). www.marysonyaconti.com
Hon. Mention – Robyn Hallewell – “Spring”
Robyn Hallewell is a late blooming artist and she paints and signs her work as “Ro Hall”. Robyn lives in the picturesque Mary Valley of Queensland, Australia. Like many local artists she takes inspiration from the local surrounds, family, friends and much loved pets. Robyn first started off using oils and has since since discovering the iPad as her main medium. She loves to create spontaneous colorful pieces to the delight of people of all ages, especially the young at heart. www.rohallart.com
Hon. Mention – Mohan Tenuwara – “Long Shadows on the Linen Land”
Mohan Tenuwara is a freelance artist and a musician. Mohan’s primary career is that of being an architect. He was born and raised in a coastal town in Southern Sri Lanka and he moved to Canada in 2005. Mohan states that “as a painter, I see my role as part of a storytelling tradition. I supply a setting, sometimes add characters, and hope viewers will use their own experiences to build the story. The prairie sky and landscape inspire my works in all my pursuits.” http://www.my3faces.com
Hon. Mention – Kajal Zaveri – “Autumn in the City”
Kajal Zaveri was born in India and is a 15 year resident of California. Kajal has an MBA degree but switched careers to being an artist 8 years ago. Kajal states that “painting and art to me are a manifestation of our innermost feelings, and experiences that we get to share and communicate with everyone else. This has always made me approach painting with intuition, awe and respect.” http://kajalzaveri.crevado.com