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And the Artistic Visions winners are

posted Apr 8, 2018, 7:28 AM by Dave Beebe
Welcome to the North Tampa Arts League members show. I hope you have had a chance to look at all the amazing art work on display. And I hope you have had a chance to enjoy some of the food that has been provided. 

I want to thank all the volunteers who have worked to bring this show together. We thank the intake volunteers: Virginia, Lynn and GloriaJean. Thanks to our art hanging committee: Lloyd, Marie, David and Pat. And thanks to our 2017 board members: Fran, Joan, Margret and David. Our reception committee of Sally, Dotty and Diane coordinated our refreshments with the CCC reception volunteers and to our members who provided snacks. (Joan thanked Pat for stepping in as interim 2nd VP and coordinating another successful show). 

We are  most grateful to our very special and supportive partner, the Carrollwood Cultural Center. CCC has donated a $120 gift certificate. 

The Mount Vision Pastel Company, a local company that makes wonderful pastels, acrylics and oils, donated a $75 gift certificate. 

AOE has been serving professionals and students in the Arts, Education, and Drafting/Architectural communities since 1975. They  offer a 10% discount to all NTAL members. AOE donated a $50 gift certificate. 

Scraporium donated a $50 gift certificate. 

Blick Art Materials donated 2 prizes, a Montana Markers set with a sketch pad and a Blick’s Colored Pencil Set. 

Gott Glass donated a $69 certificate for a glass blowing class. 

Thanks to Margret who arranged for our judge, Ann Larsen. Ann has over 30 years experience in arts and non-profit business management. She has served as Assistant to the Director of the Iowa Arts Council,  Managing Director of Olson-Larsen Galleries in Des Moines, Iowa;  Executive Director of the Minnetonka Center for the Arts near Minneapolis and Executive Director for the Pasco Arts Council.  She is currently the Director of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in St. Petersburg. 


Ann's overall impression of the show was that there was a great deal of talent in this organization.  Her task was not an easy one.  She was absolutely thrilled to see such a large turn out of works is the drawing category.  She believes that good drawing skills are the backbone of art and design.  

She was disappointed in the lack of turnout in the watercolor category and that there were no 3D entries. 



*Best of Show (Roland DesCombes) Fireplace:  "The Craftsmanship and draftmanship are superb!  The tonal qualities are amazing.  Everywhere you look  there is something delightful to see.  I could not take my eyes off of it!" 


*Best in Drawing (Diane Harm) Your Other Left:  "This piece has life to it!  I love the light tough, the colors, the humor.  It is also beautifully and freely framed.  The mat and frame become a part of the art rather than what encases it." 


*Honorable mention in Drawing (Diane Harm) Big Gulp:  "Fresh, lovely, captivating." 


*Best in Acrylic/Oil (Sally Yoder) Hillsborough River State Park, Plein Air: "The artist's choice to focus in on a "small slice" of nature was a good one for its intimacy, and a selectively light touch that captured the essence of a gentle flow of water.  Also nicely presented, without a lot of fanfare, in keeping with the subject." 


*Honorable mention in Acrylic/Oil (Alan Metzger) Festive Time:  "Great composition, and the vibrance captured the essence of an art fair." 


*Best in Digital (Dave Beebe) Midway Magic:  "Strong technical skills, nice hues.  This work was just such fun to look at, with all the activity and the brooding sky threatening to open up over it all." 


*Honorable mention in Digital(Monika Leon) Red:  "Nature and man-made "props" coming together to create a quilt-like design made me smile." 


*Best in Watercolor (Fran Byers) When Opportunity Knocks:  "Skillful use of light and shadow.  Nicely rendered, this work evokes a sense of mystery about what’s behind the door.  Appropriate title." 


*Honorable mention in Watercolor (Pat Beebe) Ybor Ink:  "Working with a challenging scene with many angles and glass, the artist captured the mood of the night-time scene in a delightful way. Has a historic charm to it."


*Best in Mixed Medium (Fran Byers) Beach Trinity:  "It glows!" 


*Honorable mention in mixed medium (Pat Beebe): Cannaregio Alley, Venice:  "A simple but eye-catching piece.  Nice blend of the mediums." 



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