Sunday, October 12, 2008

I WON!

As I told you in my last post, I entered our local exhibition, Java, Jazz n' Art. I was excited to participate because John Ruthven was the judge (JohnRuthvenArt.com). I thought that a nationally known artist judging my paintings would be so cool. Little did I dream that he would take notice of my work. But, notice he did and I won "Best of Show" for the river theme category as my watercolor, "Two Men and and a Barge" was chosen. I have to admit that my emotions have been on a high for the past 24 hours. I am grateful, surprised, honored, and humbled all at the same time. This is my first time to win an award and technically my first sale. WOW is all I can say. There were around 43 artists (professional, hobbyists and high school) with 11o paintings entered. We entered our work into categories of either River theme or an Open theme. Along with paintings in many mediums, there were mosaics, pottery, fabric art, mixed media and painted furniture. All these pieces were displayed among four businesses. The day's weather was perfect as was the walk to view all these exquisite examples of art in our corner of Ohio. The last stop was our new gallery, Freedom House Gallery, where many of their commissioned artists participated. The other "Best of Show" winner for the Open Category, Ann Geise, is a member here. Ann's entry "Rocky Run" is to the right. As people strolled our village and enjoyed the exhibition they saw the village of New Richmond's shops, restaurants, galleries and listened to music in the park. For the committee that organized this event, they did an awesome job and could not have had a better day for all the patrons that visited. My "Art Buddies" from the Legendary Art Group, Sharon Leonard and Dodie Loewe, were also in the show. I was so proud of their entries in the exhibition and I am a huge admirer of their work. Dodie also was on the committee that planned and produced this event. Another person I admire is Mary Mark. She too was on the committee and entered work in the exhibit. Below from left to right is Sharon Leonard, Dodie Loewe and Mary Mark's entries. I was in good company :-) Gaylynn

5 comments:

debwardart said...

Congratulations! It's so exciting to be noticed for your efforts! Keep up the good work.

Gaylynn said...

Thanks for your support Deb. It means a lot to me.

The Epiphany Artist said...

congratulations!!

Gaylynn said...

Thanks Terry

Amy D. said...

Thats awesome Gaylynn!! Congratulations for such a great accomplishment.Keep it up and i look forward to viewing your future work =)
Your Cousin Amy Daugherty

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