2018 Landscapes, Seascapes and Cityscapes Show judged by Sylvia Shanahan!

Judge Sylvia Shanahan

Judge Sylvia Shanahan

Our annual Landscapes, Seascapes and Cityscapes show was judged this year by Largo artist Sylvia Shanahan, whose work can be seen at at Woodfield Fine Art in St. Petersburg, FL Dunedin Fine Art Center Gift Shop and her studio in Dunedin, FL to name a few. Her affiliations include The Akron Society of Artists, Creative Artists Guild, Beach Art Center, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, The Morean Art Center and The Institute of Creative Arts where she teaches oil painting, colored pencil and private classes.  

"This show was judged initially with a point system that rated each piece from 0-10 in three categories: A) Mastery of Medium B) Presentation C) Wow Factor. Each was tallied and then pieces with the highest composite scores were looked at, looked at again and prizes were selected at that point. Thank you for asking me to judge your show and seeing your wonderful artwork.”

Come on out to the Old Hyde Park Art Center to check out this show about Landscapes in all its forms from plein heir to abstraction! We are open Tuesday to Sunday from 12-3PM (Closed Mondays)

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First Place:

"California Courtyard" by Joanna Karpay (Pastel)

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2nd Place:

"Bend in the Withalacoochee" by David Fitzgerald (Oil)

Without further ado the winners....

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Third Place: "Chassahowitzka # 5" by Donna Morrison (Watercolor)

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Honorable Mention: "Enchanted Forest" by Leigh Bohne (Digital)

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Honorable Mention: "Early Morning Rain” by Diane Radel (Acrylic)


Honorable Mention: "Waves # 1" by Marie Rice (Oil)


Only in Florida Show judged by Tim Gibbons!

Only in Florida Show is our first Florida themed show. Diverse landscapes, palm trees, flamingos, oranges and more. If its in Florida, it is in this all media show! It was judged by Tampa artist Tim Gibbons known for his Funky as a Monkey Art Studio that presents his and other local artists in shows at Pinellas Ale Works and Hidden Springs Ale Works. Tim has taught art at many local centers including Hyde Park Art Studio for 28 years and The Life Enrichment Center for 20 years to name a couple. Here's Tim's sum up of our show:

 “This show "Only in Florida"  has a cool Florida vitality and fun professionalism. A strong presence that exudes a coherent force of color, form and imagination. A wonderful show for all to see and absorb. It lets Florida shine."

Come on out to the Old Hyde Park Art Center to check out this show about our Sunshine State! We are open Tuesday to Sunday from 12-3PM (Closed Mondays) There will be an award reception at our membership meeting on Thursday August 9th at 7PM with a demo by Ashley Cassens to follow. Need not be a member to come and check us out.  

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First Place: 


"It's a box" by Doug Sutherland (Oil)



"A wonderful use of color."

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Honorable Mention: "Panhandle Pines" by Joanna Karpay (Pastels) 


"Florida's Panhandle, great colors."

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2nd Place:


"First Run" by Rick Waldbart (Metal Sculpture)



"A fun 3-D piece."

Without further ado the winners....

All of Tim's feedback about the winners is with each image. 

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Honorable Mention: "Collapse" by Leigh Bohne (Oil)


"Florida swamp, yes."

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Third Place: "Futch's Pride" by Jack Yontz (Wood) 



"Florida in a BOX, wow."


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Honorable Mention: "Gulf Showers" by Donna Morrison (Watercolor) 


"Rainy Florida watercolor"


Fin, Fur and Feathers Judging results

Fin, Fur and Feathers is our annual animal kingdom themed show. This year it was judged by Clearwater artist Lorraine Ulen. Lorraine is an award winning artist and is one of the founding members of Art Trysts, a working artist studio in Clearwater, FL that offers open studio, multi-day workshops and ongoing weekly classes. 

 “My world is a constant dance of color, light, texture, form, and the ever-shifting balance between them. My art explores that dance, that balance, and expresses the visceral connection I feel with each subject. It celebrates what I've found in each subject that compelled me to paint and invites the viewer to cut in on the dance..." 

Without further ado the winners....

All of Lorraine's feedback about the winners is with each image.

First Place: "Green Peafowl" by John Guiseppi (Colored Pencil)

Ewing’s painting takes some time to reveal itself. It is like a vague memory of a special moment, sketched in faintly, and we can really feel the artist searching for both the image and her expression. Ewing is not afraid to take risks and, like our minds or like great poetry, her piece is at once both unclear and very clear. This is abstract painting at its best: mysterious, risky, selective, and beautiful.

"This is a well-executed, elegant piece that cleverly and skillfully uses a limited palette and value range. It has an old-world feel, and evokes  thoughts of beautifully detailed tapestries."


2nd Place: "Great Blue Close Up" by Donna Morrison (Watercolor)

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"This watercolor piece has amazing energy and depicts the raw power of the bird through the use of both bold color and confident strokes."


Third Place: "The Colonel-Pride of Ybor" by Lynn Rattray (Oil)

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"I was initially drawn to the brightly colored face and comb of this rooster, but the many colors of white in the feathers are what sold this piece. The artist has kept a good balance between the brights and whites through the use of the many pops of color in the background and grasses."

Honorable Mentions

"Blue Eyed Muse" by Rick Waldbart (Metal Sculpture)

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"An incredibly creative use of found materials and impressive artistic vision."

"Crowned Heads" by Ralph Lopez (Watercolor)


"The artist uses delicate washes and suggestions of detail in the background to allow the cranes to be the stars. I was impressed by the skilled application of mixed black and the way the artist moved it subtly from cool hues to warm."

"Circle B Bar Reserve" by Geoff Poole (Photograph)

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"An exceptional capture! It takes a skilled photographer to capture a crisp action shot of this nature."

"Deep Ocean Octopus" by Joanna Karpay (Acrylic)

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"Excellent use of design and color to evoke the natural movement of the octopus."

"Don Quixote" by Deb Biasetti (Watercolor)

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"This is a delightful painting that uses color, perspective and fun techniques to infuse humor into the piece. It dares you not to smile!"

Watercolor 2017 Judging Results

Heather Rippert, Tampa Watercolor Artist

Heather Rippert, Tampa Watercolor Artist

This year's Watercolor Show was judged by local watercolorist Heather Rippert. She was voted Best Local Visual Artist in Creative Loafing's 2017 Best of the Bay for 2017 and it was a pleasure to have her judge our show. Here's what she had to say about it and the winners she chose:

"It is a tremendous honor to have been selected to judge this varied collection of watercolors. While competition is not the purpose of art, no entries were without merit. Vibrant beauty, color, composition and skill are present in all the submissions. My personal choices for the award winners are based on both technical merit and emotional impact.

First: "Waiting on the Sale II" by Kathy Durdin

First: "Waiting on the Sale II" by Kathy Durdin

Kathy Durdin’s “Waiting for the Sale II” makes a powerful statement with her excellent use of color and technique that is simultaneously solid and malleable that jumped out to me for first prize.






Second: "The Gathering" by Lionel Sanchez

Second: "The Gathering" by Lionel Sanchez

“The Gathering” by Lionel Sanchez has a superb quality of light and perspective that made it an easy choice for second prize.




Third: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" by Patti Kiuber

Third: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" by Patti Kiuber

The dynamic composition and relaxed feeling of Patti Kiuber’s skillful “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” takes third prize.






Honorable Mention “Endearing Spirit” by Derry MacDonald is accurately titled, as the expression and feeling of this piece are both endearing and full of spirit.

Jody MacNeil’s “Dawn of Woodstock” use of vibrant color and light is balanced and playful.

Last but not least is Yuki Carthy’s “Seated Figure Study” is a joyful expression with excellent use of line, shading and pops with the used of violet."