“Black and White” awards and judge’s comments

ART LEAGUE OF DAYTONA BEACH – “Black, White, and Shades of Grey – with a Splash of Color 2018” 

BEST IN SHOW  #114 – Fay Samimi – “Zebra Cat”  The judge noted that in this piece, the artist used the theme criteria not as a limitation, but as a means of resolution.  The work is whimsical but also iconic and sophisticated, referencing primitive cultures but also contemporary art, and the artist displays complete knowledge of her technique. 

FIRST PLACE  #25 – Lillian Verkins – “Big Bang Theory in B&W”  The judge observed that this work reads beautifully from both a distance and close up.  The thoughtful use of brushstrokes evokes a feeling of movement, water, wind and atmosphere.  The light emanates from the focal area and draws the viewer in. 

SECOND PLACE   #113 – Peter A. Cerreta – “Amistia Subito (Amnesty Now)”  The judge stated that this piece stands out in the exhibit by being confrontational (in a good way), moody, and thought-provoking.  The artist made sophisticated decisions regarding the modulations of lights and darks, and in the framing of the figure, to create a strong work that commands attention. 

THIRD PLACE  #5 – Sebastian Dureaux Russell – “Oceanshore Blvd.”  The judge remarked that the artist took what could have been an ordinary image, and through point of view, contrast of lights and darks, and selection of time of day, transformed the scene into something intriguing and mysterious.  The judge further said that this type of transformation required the eye of a skilled artist. 

DISTINCTION   #20 – Marianna Ross – “Pensive”  The judge noted that in this work, the artist displays a high level of skill in the rendering of the figure and also in the use of overlapping washes that describe the shapes economically and completely. 

DISTINCTION  #121 – Anthony Ehrlich – “Channeling M.C. Escher”  The judge recognized the reference to “tessellation” – the use of repeated interlocking shapes – in the shapes of the petals and the spaces inbetween.  The judge also noted the depth of field and detail in most of the work, with a few softer areas in the background providing contrast. 

DISTINCTION   #133 – Tom Silvey – “Bridge”  The judge appreciated the strong design of abstract shapes with an architectural reference.  The judge also enjoyed the small shape with jagged edges in the bottom center of the piece, that provides an effective counterpoint to all the angles and geometry. 

DISTINCTION  #129 – Katty Smith – “Cuervo Mujer”  The judge stated that he was drawn to the strength and presence of this piece right away.  He felt that the work references a primitive culture such as the Mayans or Aztecs, but is contemporary at the same time.  The artist effectively used subtle surface coloration and a bold approach to the embellishments. 

ACHIEVEMENT  #7 – LC and Tommy Tobey – “Le Femme”

ACHIEVEMENT  #6 – Marta Crawford – “At First Glance”

ACHIEVEMENT  #16 -  Gretchen Nass – “Blackscape”

ACHIEVEMENT   #79 – Doren Hackett – “Nevermore”

RECOGNITION  #50 – Joanie Kaufman – “Prisoner Firenze”

RECOGNITION  #77 – Fran Davidson – “It’s Complicated”

RECOGNITION   #93 – Peg Williams – “Black Magic”

RECOGNITION #119 – Daniel Stone – “Dusk at Daytona Beach

MERIT  #70 – Lee Nesler – “Ebony”

MERIT   #85 – Carrie Perman – “I’m Afrayed”

MERIT   #68 – Ricki Stofsky – “A House is Not a Home”

MERIT  #55 – Trish Beckham – “Walgreens”

HONORABLE MENTION   #147 – Rosemary Burns – “The Queen of Sheba”

 HONORABLE MENTION  #144 – Valeh Levy – “Scooter in the Shade”

 HONORABLE MENTION #75 – Jules Silver – “Homage to Jackson Pollock”

 HONORABLE MENTION #43 – James Hoolsema – “Night Flight”

JUDGE’S CHOICE #53 – Joy Bowen – “Shorty”

JUDGE’S CHOICE #66 – Tony Procanik – “The Stare”

JUDGE’S CHOICE #28 – Pamela Bleakney – “Pamela’s Tea Party”

JUDGE’S CHOICE #130 – Nancy McElroy – “Splunking”

JUDGE’S CHOICE #100 – Kathy O’Meara – “Forbidden Love”

JUDGE’S CHOICE #52 – P.Z. Thompson – “Storm Warning”







Members Exhibit 2017 Awards


BEST IN SHOW  #109, Katty Smith – “The House That Made Me”

            The judge noted that this sculpture possesses a strong energy.  He also appreciated that there was a wonderful story to be told behind it, and that the well-chosen colors work beautifully with the piece.

FIRST PLACE  #5, Lillian Verkins  - “Love Potion Going Down”

             The judge stated that this work had energy and a great deal of color with a lot of contrast, giving the work great depth.  The balance of color flows nicely and entertains the eye.

SECOND PLACE   #59, Barbara Perrotti – “Girl in the Garden”

            The judge remarked that he felt he could walk right into this comfortable scene, and could see the painting hanging in his house.  He appreciated that the artist downplayed the image of the figure while playing up the rest of the painting.  The negative spaces are beautifully handled.

THIRD PLACE  #73, Marta Crawford – “Affliction”

            The judge noted that the high skill level and talent of this artist come together, along with a great deal of work and attention to detail, in this sensitive portrait. Sponsored by Joan Jacobsen in Memory of Elizabeth Jacobsen

DISTINCTION   #1, Keri Ippolito – “Rough Water”

            The judge was drawn to the layering of colors as they go off into the distance.  Great dimension and strong color lead the viewer to the horizon line, and the overall look is fresh and clean.

DISTINCTION  #104, Lee Nesler – “Port Clyde”

            The judge stated that the artist has devoted a great deal of time and skill in creating an image to which we can all relate.  The piece has strong contrast, a wonderful feeling, and a lot of interesting detail.

DISTINCTION   #91, Carol Thornton – “Remnant”

            The judge appreciated the artist’s strong use of color, and the gradations from dark to light, and warm to cool, in this simply stated but powerful piece.

DISTINCTION  #36, Ken Anderson – “Ormond Loop Storm”

            The judge felt that the artist used strong contrast and beautiful color to tell the story of the lights and darks of the landscape during a storm.  The painting has great impact. 

ACHIEVEMENT  #40, Ev  Niewoehner – “Saxophone(Evolution)”

ACHIEVEMENT  #22, Marianna Ross – “Empathy”

ACHIEVEMENT   #135, Richlin Burnett-Ryan – “Soaring Above the Cranes” Sponsored by Jaye Escudero in Memory of Fred Samuelson 

ACHIEVEMENT   #52, Kathy Bloem – “Rebels of 1910”

RECOGNITION  #3, Barbara Perkins – “It’s Not Happening”

RECOGNITION  #138, Weldon Ryan – “Radiant Mas” 

RECOGNITION    #63, Tom Silvey – “View From the Garden Shed”

RECOGNITION  #33, Beatrice Athanas – “Stranded”

“SMALL WORKS”  #129, Pamela Sweet – “Nothing But Blue Skies”

MERIT  #102, Kathy O’Meara – “Sampan Sunrise”

MERIT   #57, Daniel Wozniak – “Plantation Remnants #2”

MERIT   #120, Babz Lupoli – “Go With the Flow”

MERIT  #88, Lisa Argentieri – “The Kiss”

HONORABLE MENTION   #19, Maureen McLeod – “The Loft”

 HONORABLE MENTION  #127, Sallie Gay Quick – “Jazz ‘Is’ Blues”

 HONORABLE MENTION #81, Juan Carlos Cahue – “The Great Lapiz”

 HONORABLE MENTION #80, Sharon LaDue – “Ancient Lands”

JUDGE’S CHOICE  #140, Ellen Vath – “The Dancers”

JUDGE’S CHOICE  #97, RoAnn  Elias – “Everything is Possible”

JUDGE’S CHOICE  #61, Bobi MinaMora – “The Loop”

JUDGE’S CHOICE  #46, Marilyn Leverton – “Aphrodite”

JUDGE’S CHOICE  #72, Mindy Colton – “Tango”