Members’ Show 2018 Awards

ART LEAGUE OF DAYTONA BEACH – “Members Show 2018” 

BEST IN SHOW  #91 – Trish Beckham   “The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre” The judge noted the combination of excellent technique, with a variety of mark and detail created with the palette knife, and the emotional appeal of this painting.  She observed that a painting can be viewed from 20 feet, 5 feet, and 5 inches, and that this work is successful at every distance. 

FIRST PLACE  #62 – Marta Crawford   “My Ya Ya”

The judge appreciated the wide variety of textures in this piece.  The attention to detail and multiple focal points in the figure create interest, and the background elements support the portrait , adding to the narrative. 

SECOND PLACE   # 11 – Fay Samimi   “Forever After”

The judge remarked that the artist made thoughtful choices in the materials used in this piece, and created a variety of surfaces and patinas.  The figures themselves have a sense of mystery, and the viewer wants to know more of the story. 

THIRD PLACE  #104 – Kathy O’Meara   “Istanbul”  

The judge appreciated the puzzle-like quality of this piece, which invites the viewer to discover the meaning.  Also noted were the integration and distressed quality of the elements, and the thoughtful use of the reductive process. 

DISTINCTION   #126 – Weldon Ryan   “Entwined”

The judge said that this piece demanded her attention.  She appreciated the reference to Mardi Gras, CosPlay, and Fantasy, combined with the more everyday elements of the coffee mugs.  She felt that there was more to the story and wondered what the subjects did on other days. 

DISTINCTION  #81 – Gertrude Havu   “…and my boat so small”

The judge noted the raw energy and bold approach in this work, and enjoyed discovering the forms and shapes revealed by the artist’s process.  The artist took a risk with this work, and created a piece that stands up to multiple readings. 

DISTINCTION   #19 – Robert Shirk    “Paradise Tami”

The judge appreciated the intriguing layers in this work, and the play of light that creates shadows and depth within the form.  The artist uses meticulous technique but also employs freedom in the flow of shapes and colors.  The work is beautifully presented. 

DISTINCTION  #55 – Nancy Newlove McElroy   “Agate Mountain”

The judge appreciated the balance of colors, of opaque and iridescent areas, and thick and thin elements in this nontraditional approach to sculpture.  The well-resolved design works from every angle. 

ACHIEVEMENT  #124 – Jeanne Figurelli    “A Cartier Christmas”

ACHIEVEMENT  #97 – Larry Parker   Mountain Tree”

ACHIEVEMENT  #121 – Peggy Epton   “Dear Sir”

ACHIEVEMENT   #84 – Peg Williams  “Walking a Tightrope”

RECOGNITION  #68 – Sharon LaDue   “A Balancing Act”

RECOGNITION  #120 – Betty Morris Parker   “First Freeze”

RECOGNITION    #41 – Robert Brooks   “…and time shall be no more.”

RECOGNITION  #14 – Doreen Hackett   “Volusia Marsh

MERIT  # 95 – P.Z. Thompson   “Demons”

MERIT   #117 – Karen Ann Patton   “Joy”

MERIT   #7 – Carson Kapp   “Witchy Woman”

MERIT  #76 – Kathleen Lusby   “Before the Crowds

HONORABLE MENTION   ##60 – Alice Gipson   “She Abstracted”

 HONORABLE MENTION  #23 – Jean Banas   “Moving Through Space”

 HONORABLE MENTION #13 – Jaye Escudero   “Leaves of Grass”

 HONORABLE MENTION #36 – Gail Bokor   “Under Water Fantasy”

HONORABLE MENTION  #6 – Mindy Colton   “Unbridled Seas”

JUDGE’S CHOICE  #48 – Valeh Levy    Floral Still Life Abstracted”

            Award sponsored by the Palette and Brush Club in memory of deceased members.

JUDGE’S CHOICE  #87 – Lola Lawrence   “Woman Rancher”

JUDGE’S CHOICE  #17 – Ev Niewoehner   “Portamesagne, Brindisi”

JUDGE’S CHOICE  # 102 – Maureen McLeod   “The Approach”

JUDGE’S CHOICE – #78 – Tom Silvey “A Village Church” 

EXHIBITION JUDGE:  Rose Thome Casterline






Beaux Arts 56 – Awards and Judge’s Comments

BEAUX ARTS 56 – Judge Daniel Askew 

BEST IN SHOW  #34 – Jean Banas, “Road of No Return”  The judge appreciated the expressiveness of the work, and felt that the artist successfully used a “trial and error” approach to bring this wild and loose piece to an awesome resolution.   

FIRST PLACE  #11 – Lee Nesler, “The Lost World”  The judge stated that the artist used excellent technique to create a strong narrative and sense of mystery that invites the viewer to linger.   

SECOND PLACE   #43 – Amelie Rogers, “A Storm in the Valley”  The judge described this piece as a masterfully done naturalistic scene with great depth and atmosphere.  

THIRD PLACE  #1 – Robin Moore, “Spectral Messengers”  The judge noted the depth and the skillful handling of the paint, as well as contrast between control and looseness.  Experimentation is obvious.  

ACHIEVEMENT  #20 – P.Z. Thompson, “Uno No Dos”  The judge remarked that the monumentality and gesture of the figure show the artist’s knowledge of anatomy in this powerfully expressive piece.

ACHIEVEMENT  #16 – N.C.Hagood,  “Bayside”  The judge appreciated the depth and layers, with lots of areas to explore, and allusions to elusive images to discover and enjoy.

MERIT  # 46 – Katty Smith, “The House That Built Me”  The judge noted the raw expressiveness of the figure, as well as the strong narrative of the entire piece. 

MERIT   #53 – Gail Bokor,  “Re-Launch”  The judge found exciting contrasts in this work, with broad areas against refined notes, and controlled areas opposing loose applications of media.  

HONORABLE MENTION   #52 – Fay Samimi, “Forever After”  The judge was impressed by the combination of ceramic with collage and mixed media, and the mysterious and almost mythological quality of the twin figures. 

 HONORABLE MENTION  #33 – Kathy O’Meara, “Portal to the Past”  The judge enjoyed the artist’s experimentation and considerable skill in bringing together many different mixed media elements in this solid composition. 

JUDGE’S CHOICE #36 – Betty Morris Parker, “Sky Dancer”  The judge found this work to be intimate and not relying on established technique; he also noted the suggestion of image and the surface quality. 

JUDGE’S CHOICE #14 – Carson Kapp, “Warm Ways”  The judge described this work as a bold statement and the loudest thing in the room (in a good way!).  He also enjoyed the contrast of the areas of detail. 

JUDGE’S CHOICE #31 – Beau Wild, “Moving Beyond the Present”  The judge appreciated the effective use of space and the immediacy of the linework, which suggested to him ancient calligraphy.

JUDGE’S CHOICE #41 – Christine Peloquin, “Show a Change”  The judge noted the textural quality of the grid, the use of painting and drawing as a second layer, and the mystery of the story.



“Figuratively Speaking” Juror’s Statement

It was truly an honor to jury this year’s “Figuratively Speaking” show for The Art League of Daytona Beach. The range of work was impressive, and the attention to the figurative genre outstanding. As a juror, I typically look at two or three major factors when contemplating my decisions. First and foremost I look at compositional arrangements across the picture plane. Does the piece have an interesting juxtaposition of positive and negative space and does the space “work?” Secondly, I focus on anatomy and the obvious relationships of figurative forms. When color is incorporated, again I look for relationships of color that help to push the space and create depth in the picture plane.

I was happy to see such a wide range of styles and methods in this show. Everything from fabrics, to collage, to mixed media elements made for a wonderful blend. There was also a nice assortment of traditional and contemporary approaches to the figure, which I found exciting. Classical oil paintings, abstract works, and graphic styles all combined for a well-balanced exhibit. Photography stood out for mood and the play of light and dark, and the sculptural pieces also showed an adept hand when it came to representing the figure in three dimensions. I was also happy to see several pieces drawn directly from life, specifically a couple of watercolor/ink wash drawings that were quite successful. Artists should not be hesitant to exhibit their life or “process” drawings, as these are often very exciting representations in their own right.

Finally let me say that this show certainly lived up to the title “A Celebration of the Diversity and Spirit of The Human Form.” It was inspiring to see work from such a wide variety of seasoned and accomplished artists. Artistic vitality, from both the Daytona Beach community and from across Florida are very important factors in keeping our State’s art scene alive and cutting edge. When that exuberance is combined with a venue like the Art League of Daytona Beach, where figurative work is appreciated and displayed, everyone is a winner. Those qualities were very apparent in the submissions for this show, and because there was so much great work to choose from, my job as a juror was not easy. I congratulate all of the winners and encourage everyone to enter again next year. Thank you. – Ed Hall

“Figuratively Speaking” Awards and Comments

ART LEAGUE OF DAYTONA BEACH – “Figuratively Speaking 2017” 


BEST IN SHOW  #10, “Rachael”, Andrina Carey

            “Compositionally, very successful; another thing I look for is whether the anatomy is correct; balance across the figure and the relationships of parts of the body are evident in this work.  The artist made outstanding color choices, the skin tones push against the background color.  Powerful light enhances the play of positive and negative shapes.” 

FIRST PLACE  #68, “Tu es Belle”, Katty Smith

            “There were a number of things I liked about this piece; the ethnic quality and the power of the figure are evident in the symbolism and the marks on the figure;  the pose gives the viewer a strong sense of anatomical structure.”  

SECOND PLACE   #42, “Liuva, Lily of the Nile”, Barbara Perrotti

            “In terms of anatomical theory, this piece is pleasing to the eye; even though some of the proportions seem to be exaggerated a bit, the artist has the ability to do that.  You can tell that the artist has studied the figure extensively, and knows how to take liberties.  Once again, a nice balance of positive and negative space with three distinct sizes: large, medium, and small.” 

THIRD PLACE  #28, “Grace”, Lisa Argentieri

            “Obviously the artist has some experience drawing straight from the figure.  Watercolor with the figure is one of the most difficult things to control, and there seems to be a nice sense of control in this work.  Good use of positive and negative space, with large, medium, and small negative spaces, and a full range of values.  The lost edges are especially effective”. 

DISTINCTION   #80, “Flagler Trio”, Weldon Ryan

            “This piece feels representative of the area, as if the artist lives here.  I love the fleshiness of the figures and the good color choices; the reflections in the water pick up the skin tones very nicely.  The composition is nicely balanced .   

  DISTINCTION  #56, “The Model”, Lyn Strong

            “I believe that there is torn paper in this piece, something I use in my own work; the collection of collage techniques, brushstroke, and a nice open line really attracted my eye.  The artist has taken liberties with the anatomy, but I can still see that the proportions are correct.” 

DISTINCTION   #51,  “Neck Down”, Carson Kapp

            “I like the balance of the composition and the subtle color choices, especially in the balance of the complements of blue and orange, and yellow and purple.  The piece is abstracted but at the same time figurative.  The open lines on the interior of the figure are not necessarily descriptive of musculature, but could be.” 

DISTINCTION  #11, “Chilling Out”, Larry Parker – Sponsored by Marta Crawford

            “When I look at figurative work, the very first thing I look at is composition, and in this photograph I saw a nice balance of positive and negative space.  Not only does it enhance the mood of the picture, but it also moves your eye around the picture plane.” 

ACHIEVEMENT  #81, “Nina”, Richlin Ryan

ACHIEVEMENT  #78, “What Lies Ahead My Love”, Lola Lawrence

ACHIEVEMENT  #75, “Family Ties”, Betty Morris Parker

ACHIEVEMENT   #12, “Can’t See The Figures for the Trees”, Ronda Richley

RECOGNITION  #67, “Redheaded Enchantress”, Peg Williams

RECOGNITION  #47, “A John”, Nancy Hagood

RECOGNITION    #31, “Julia”, Robert Shirk

IMPRESSIONISM  #24, “Sunrise”, Marianna Ross, - Sponsored by Barbara Perkinsin memory of Paul Thompson

“SMALL WORKS”  #73, “Me and My Shadow”, Jeanne C. Wolf, – Sponsored by Don Kennedy 

MERIT  # 82,  “Country Singer”, Beau Wild

MERIT   #74, “Lillian”, Kathleen Lusby

MERIT   #66, “A New Dawn”, Linda S. Hoffmeister

MERIT  #65, “We are Stardust”,  Sue Reynolds 

HONORABLE MENTION   #69, “Freud With Cigar”, Andrew Gamache

 HONORABLE MENTION  #25, “Granny, Phnan Penh”, Kay Botet

 HONORABLE MENTION #17, “Into the Light”, Carol Orr

 HONORABLE MENTION #37, “The Chorus”, Jan Reeder






“Degrees of Abstraction” Awards


BEST IN SHOW – presented in memory of Marilynne Roland  #21 – Jules Silver   “Untitled”            The judge noted that the artist showed great skill in using his process to bring together materials that ARE the image.  The variety of colored lines create a visually interesting pattern, and the background adds depth.  The presentation is quite sophisticated and well-thought out, enhancing the work. An outstanding example of true abstraction.     

FIRST PLACE  #35 – Carolyn Land   “Stream Bed”            The judge remarked that the artist used a variety of materials to reference a landscape (but not too much!).  The work is rich with well-placed details, lines, and marks that work well in a horizontal format. 

SECOND PLACE   #69 – Peggy Banks   “Silk Ocean”            The judge felt that this artist successfully created a strong and aggressive work that also plays off the duality of rough/smooth and bold/delicate.  He appreciated the emergence of the delicate fabric from the textured, ragged edges of the openings. 

THIRD PLACE  #82 – Nancy Newlove McElroy   “Canyon Sunrise”            The judge stated that the artist used interesting abstract shapes, combined in such a way that invited the viewer to explore the piece.  He also noted the skill used in application of the paints and glazes, creating rich color. 

DISTINCTION   #38 – Keri Ippolito    “Red Mesa”            The judge appreciated that the artist used a vertical format for an abstracted landscape, and also noted the effective use of collage materials, as well as gradation of color and a complexity of surface. 

DISTINCTION  #36 – Richlin Burnett-Ryan   “Strong Not Angry”            The judge felt that the freshness of this work, in subject matter, bold color, and use of pattern, made it stand out in the exhibit and deserve recognition. 

DISTINCTION   #45 – Jaye Escudero   “Garden Beginnings”            The judge enjoyed the ephemeral quality of this piece, and the subtle color effect enhanced by the artist’s choice of paper.  He also noted the very professional presentation of the work. 

DISTINCTION  #4 – Carson Kapp   “Gallant”            The judge noted the lively color, pattern, and marks in this vibrant work, as well as the well-integrated collage materials.  He felt the work evoked a sense of the artist’s personality. 

ACHIEVEMENT  #8 – Doreen Hackett   “Three Vases”

ACHIEVEMENT  #2 – Nancy Hagood    “Summer Puddle”

ACHIEVEMENT  #16 – Joanie Kaufman    “Solitary Rose”

ACHIEVEMENT   #23 – Janet Bernardini   “Abstract in Blue”

RECOGNITION  #57 – Kris Boysen   “Freedom”

RECOGNITION  #19 – Jim Hoolsema   “Shards”

RECOGNITION    #14 – Gail Bokor   “Anticipation”

RECOGNITION  #84 – Andrew Gamache   “Madona”

“SMALL WORKS”  #51 – Kathy O’Meara   “Octopus Garden”

MERIT  #68 – Carol Orr   “Untitled”

MERIT   #17 – Ev Niewoehmer   “Evolution (Piano)”

MERIT   #55 – Katty Smith   “Beyond the Yellow Brick Road”

MERIT  #30 – Lyn Strong   “Primordial”

HONORABLE MENTION   #85 – Barbara Perrotti    “Stool Still”

 HONORABLE MENTION  #48 – Bonnie Garson   “Circle”

 HONORABLE MENTION #58 – Jan Reeder   “Mary Kate”

 HONORABLE MENTION #62 – Bab Lupoli   “Coffee Break”

HONORABLE MENTION #39 – Ricki Stofsky   “Impact” 





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”