Saturday, November 16, 2013

CPSA ArtSpectations Winners

The Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) would like to congratulate the winners of our very first ArtSpectations online juried exhibition. We have been looking forward to judge Jeff George’s decisions, and while each piece submitted was wonderful, only a handful can be selected as our winners.

Jeff has selected Donna Caputo’s “Natasha” as the winner of the Signature Best of Show. He had this to say about Donna’s beautiful work: “The exquisite "Natasha" exudes a timeless quality. The warm glowing face pops with contrast against the soft dark clothing, presenting a pure and affecting work of art.”

Natasha - Donna Caputo, CPSA
10x13 inches, Colored Pencil on Paper

Sarah Becktel’s “Eternal Companions Diptych” was Jeff’s selection as the winner of the Non-Signature Best of Show, and he had this comment about Sarah’s fantastic work: “"Eternal Companions Diptych" is a touching and compelling jewel. The uncomplicated composition with its subdued background, brings added focus to the solemn faces. A brave and powerful work.”

Eternal Companions Diptych - Sarah Becktel
9.25 x 15.5 inches
Colored Pencil & Acrylic on Mixed Media Board

Congratulations to our winners! Both pieces are extremely deserving of the awards given. Each Best in Show receives $250.  That buys a lot of colored pencils!

In addition to the two Best of Show awards, there were also five deserving honorable mentions in each category.

They include the following signature members: Eileen Sorg, CPSA for her image “Rock Concert”; Judith Shepelak, CPSA for her image “Tipped with Frost”; Carol E. Maltby, CPSA for her image “The Red Door”; Holly Siniscal, CPSA for her image “Graffiti”; and John Ursillo, CPSA for his image “Lord of the Dance”.

And the non-signature members: Caryn Coville for her image “Farm Fresh”; Cristina Iotti for her image "A(m)biti personali #1"; Julie Elizabeth Podstolski for her image “Quiet”; Andria Burchett for her image “Trencadis”; and Sharon Hester for her image "Motmot in Quintana Roo".

Judge Jeff George, CPSA was kind to share his thoughts of taking on such a difficult task in judging such amazing artwork:

“In choosing award winners for the inaugural ArtSpectations show, my focus was to showcase the diversity of the colored pencil medium, both with subject matter and with technique .

The chosen works display a high degree of technical skill, as well as meeting the standard criteria: good composition, creativity and color. The top picks for each category, were works which gave me a stronger emotional response.

I would like to give a loud and resounding thank you to all of the artists who entered the competition. There were simply too many masterful works to fit into the limited awards arena. The works on display make me proud to be associated with such an amazingly talented group of folks. Lastly, love and thanks to the CPSA for allowing me the opportunity to judge this show. I am grateful and honored.

Jeff George, CPSA”

We would like to take a moment to thank Jeff  in taking the time to critique each submission. It is no easy feat to judge such outstanding artwork, and he did an undeniably incredible job! Thank you, Jeff!

We would also like to thank all who entered artwork into CPSA’s first ArtSpectations exhibit and making it a resounding success. It takes courage to put yourself and your art out there to be critiqued and juried. We greatly look forward to seeing what will be in store for us next time.

Congratulations once again to all our Honorable Mentions, and to our Best of Shows Donna Caputo, CPSA and Sarah Becktel!
Stay tuned for more about our winners and our honorable mentions!
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