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Winners announced in Naples Art Association 47th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition



The Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center has named 23 artist winners in its 47th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition, which opened Nov. 21.

Ned Rifkin, most recently the under secretary for art at the Smithsonian Institution, served as juror. He selected 104 works by 86 artists from 387 entries by 202 artists. “Selecting one work of art over another always means choosing objects in the context of a situation,” Mr. Rifkin said. “There are a good many works that might have been included, but I opted to honor those artists and art works that were my ‘priorities,’ for a wide variety of reasons, over choosing more to press into the limited space available.”

The winners are:

• M&I Wealth Management Best of Show Award ($750): Arturo Samaniego, Naples

• Physicians Regional Medical Center First Place Award ($450): Steven Todd Beyer, Naples

• Juror’s Choice Award ($300): Helen Febbo, Naples

• TCA Graphic Award of Excellence in Acrylic Painting: Milla Crowe, Naples; Honorable Mention: Joan Brechin Sonnenberg, Naples

• Award of Excellence in Digital Art :

Carol Orr Hartman, Cape Coral; Honorable Mention: Cynthia Slack, Bonita Springs

• Award of Excellence in Fiber Art: Pat Kumicich, Naples;

• Honorable Mention: Natalie Guess, Naples

• Award of Excellence in Mixed Media: Nora Sharpe Beyrent, New York; Honorable Mention: Tanya Trinkaus Glass, Naples

• Award of Excellence in Oil Painting:

Youngja White, Naples; Aldecor Custom Framing Honorable Mention for Oil Painting: Anne Hayes, Naples

• Award of Excellence in Pastel: Daniel N. Lovely, Fort Myers; Honorable Mention:

Karen Stone, Naples

• Award of Excellence in Photography: Jennifer Deane, Naples; Honorable Mention: Bettina Edwards, Bonita Springs

• Award of Excellence in Printmaking or Drawing: Andy Owen, Naples; Honorable Mention: Lauren DiFerdinando, Naples

• Award of Excellence in Sculpture: Mitch Wolok, Naples; Honorable Mention: Ivan Padron Lopez, Naples

• Artisan Framers Award of Excellence in Watercolor Painting: Peter D. Helwing, Naples; Honorable Mention Regina Engel, Naples

The exhibition continues through Jan. 18 at the art center, 585 Park St. downtown. Suggested donation is $5 for adults and $2 for children 10 and older.

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