The theme for our March Exhibition is “Animals”. The submission process and competition for the artists began in the middle of January and ended on February 27, 2011. We received 419 entries from 11 different countries from around the world, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Barbados, Australia, Poland, Czech Republic, New Zealand, France, Netherlands and Germany. In addition, we had entries from 28 different states. We received a broad selection of media including, watercolors, oils, acrylics, digital art, photography, mixed media and pencils. We would like to thank everyone for participating in this event.
Due to the volume and the quality of the entries received this month we also included 40 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.
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 nerve to enter and expose yourself to this type of competition and you should be applauded for your efforts and courage. 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 March 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 Animals 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 – Toni Dolan – “Big Red”
Toni is an internationally award winning, self-taught artist, living in rural New Zealand. She works in acrylics, usually on canvas. Her work has been included in calendars and worldwide publications. Twice, Toni has been invited to exhibit at the Florence Biannual International, and won an award of excellence at the 2010 Palm Art Awards. Her works are highly sought after, and are included in collections across New Zealand, and internationally. www.tonidolan.co.nz
2nd Place – Anthony Burks – “Red Tail II”
Anthony Burks, a native Floridian, born is one of the most unique and prolific conceptual of both fine and commercial artists in America. He works numerous forms of media including pen and ink, pastels, watercolor and color pencil. http://anthonyburks.comisandirectltd.net/
3rd Place – Bob Craig – “Untitled”
Bob Craig is a Western Canadian artist whose path in the arts has led him to a unique expression of mood and color through collage and mixed media. His work has appeared in juried exhibits in Spain, Crete, New Zealand, Italy, Canada, New York and Switzerland where he was awarded first prize in the mixed media free subject category at SEETAL 2006. Bob is a lifelong student of art in many forms. His work Includes watercolors, oils, pottery, wood carving, and collage. www.bobcraigcollage.ca
4th Place – Ted Hayward – “Indian Spring”
A self-taught painter of disappearing peoples, landscapes and wildlife, Ted Hayward has exhibited works throughout the US and Asia. Recently commissioned by recording artist, Andre Nobels, for the CDs “Soul Fever” (2004) and “Welcome to the Main Event” (2010). His paintings are published in Art Buzz (2010 and 2009), Best of Worldwide Artists 2010 Mixed Media (Vol. I), The 2010 Visual Art Collector’s Edition (Kennedy Publishing) and Direct Art Magazine (Vol. 17). Works can be viewed at the Merton D. Simpson Gallery, in New York City. www.tedhayward.com
5th Place – Lucia Scepkova – “The Rat Pack”
Lucy is a self-taught artist specializing in realistic style animal, especially equine art. She is a life-long pet owner who has always enjoyed spending time with animals and at one time was thinking about vet career. Lucia states “my art connects me with my past & dreams. Creating an art piece is usually full of emotions – it`s like building a bridge to my Dreamland full of precious memories.” Her favorite mediums are graphite pencil and soft pastels. www.DiamondHorseValley.com
Honorable Mention – Julian Wheat – “Chimpanzee”
The World would not exist without art. Art is everywhere you look and in many forms. To view the art of others enriches my life. I hope my art does the same to others. http://www.julianwheat.com/
Honorable Mention – Nico van Oosten – “Untitled”
Nico van Oosten (1957) has been painting since 1991 and followed lessons at the artists association in Mijdrecht (Holland) of which he is a member. His statement about his art is: Making art is like travelling: the journey is more important than the exact destination. Cows are one of his favorite subjects. He paints them in the typical Dutch polder landscape, where he is living and feels connected to. www.nicovanoosten.exto.nl
Honorable Mention – Stacey Turcotte – “Guardians”
Stacey Turcotte holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from San Jose State University and has advanced her education at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her motivation is to create portraits that embody a spirit beyond the two-dimensional canvas. Painting animals is a particular joy, and she has executed numerous animal and figurative commissioned portraits for the past eight years. www.staceyturcotte.com
Honorable Mention – Julia Rita Theriault – “Weathering the Storm”
I was born in Montreal in 1958. I grew up in the Chateauguay Valley among beautiful apple trees and towering maples. Painting, singing and dancing were my favorite things. I am a self-taught artist who loves to paint scenes of nature and beauty. Please visit my website at Juliarita.com to see more of my paintings. www.Juliarita.com
Honorable Mention – Sandy Moser – “The-Guardian-of-Innocence”
Sandy Moser and has been painting most of her life. In recent years, she has been painting birds and animals. Her realistic style captures the essence of these animals. She wants to capture a moment in time; a gaze of an eye, or a realistic look of an animal or bird. Sandy is especially inspired to paint the endangered and vulnerable species of the world with the hopes that people will learn to protect these beautiful creatures. www.sandymoserart.com