Friday June 1st from 5:00pm-9:00pm. CIAO First Friday Art Studio and Gallery tour. I will be there and will have Five pieces on display. It is going to be a Great time. Wine, Art and good company. Stop by and hang out :)
I received the notice I really never expected to receive this week. My "Little" 5"x7" "Just Relaxin' " Wolf was given a "Commended" award in the BBC Wildlife Magazine, International Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012 competition.
There were 5 commendeds given, one runner up and one first place given out.
The final judging for the International category had a total of 78 finalists. There were a lot of wolves entered and two made it out to receive an award. ISSA Master Scratchboard Artist Cathy Sheeter's "Edge of Darkness" was the other wolf. It is a BIG Incredible piece. Big Congrats to her as well!
I am Honored to be included in the top 8, especially with the caliber of artists and work that was entered.
I will update the info when the online gallery on BBC's site is put up for viewing.
To everyone who has supported me with my artwork....Thank You!
I just worked out the details to have 5 pieces at the Studios On Sheridan on June 1st. It'll be a good time meeting other artists, having some wine and seeing their works. Now I just have to decide which pieces to take :) If you are in the area stop by and say Hi! It's at 929 N. Sheridan, Peoria Illinois.
After the success at the art fair in Peoria Heights, I'm thinking that scratchboard is starting to "Play In Peoria" :)
In Feburary I entered two pieces of my work into the BBC Wildlife Artist magazine International Artist of the year 2012 competition. I opened an e-mail from the magazine earlier this week expecting to read a well versed rejection letter like the one I recieived last year. I almost fell out of my chair when I read that a record 1120 entries were received and that my two pieces had been selected to advance to the final round of judging. 127 pieces were advanced. I should hear around the 24th of this month. I am honored to be in the final round for I know Many artists who have also advanced. Cathy Sheeter, Karen Neil, Katy Rewston, Cristina Penscue to name a few. I'm in awesome company.
I had a GREAT WEEKEND!
I spent the day Saturday at the Peoria Heights Art Fair and with art hanging in the Illinois Art League (IAL) Spring Membership Show 2012.
I was pleased to learn that my "Autumn's Colors" recieved a Second Place ribbon in the "Not under Glass Semi-Pro category. I also had two other entries in the IAL show as well. This ribbon is my third ribbon in two years which advances me into the Proffessional Category next year. The Proffessional category has very many talented artists which means ribbons in my future just might be more rare. It was fun hanging out at the show and admiring all the beautiful work. There was one piece that I fell in love with, an Egret that was done by a Fantastic artist by the name of Rose Sullivan. Before the show I told her that it was my favorite, and when I attended the opening, I was thrilled to see that she had won 1st place in her category.
I was supprised to find out that two of my entries had sold during the day on Saturday! Wa-hoo!
The Art Fair was a good day, despite the fact that I overslept, forgot half of my artwork at home and it rained for about an hour at the start. I ran home and picked up the art that I had forgotten, rest assured THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!!!! The clouds cleared up and the crowd came out to shop. At the end of the day, I had explained scratchboard to everyone who would listen, and sold a few more originals with a few prints as well.
May 12th I will have a booth at the Peoria Heights Fine Arts Fair. Hopefully the weather will cooperate as well as it did last year. It's a one day affair and is on the same day as the Walk for the cure. I was able to meet several other artists last year and enjoyed talking with everyone who stopped by.
So if you are in the neighborhood, stop in and say hi!