Artists from all over Florida submitted more than 400 pieces for consideration in the Alliance for the Arts’ annual All Florida Exhibition. The juror, Kimberly Riner, narrowed the list to 46 pieces which were unveiled to the public during an opening celebration on June 2.
Melissa Miller Nece was awarded $1,000 for Best in Show for her colored pencil piece “Dash and Dive.” Mary Voytek won a $250 Golden Artists Colors Gift Certificate for her 2nd place for her mixed media sculpture “Motherboard.” Sherry Rohl won $100 for 3rd place for her ballpoint pen piece “Completing Interests 2.” Daniel Venditti, Jose Pardo and Stephen Bufter were awarded Juror’s Choice Awards.
“Drawing is the product of a direct connection between the eye, the mind and the hand. It feels organic, physical and spiritual at the same time,” says Best in Show winner Melissa Miller Nece. “There is something profoundly satisfying in making marks that come together into something recognizable. Colored pencils are responsive tools that connect the texture of the paper with the ideas of the mind.”
Exhibiting artists include: Adriana Flores, Anna Rac, Betsy DJamoos, Buck Ward, Carla Wormington Messerli, Daniel Venditti, David Belling, Deborah Martin, Ed Takacs, Grayson Stoff, J.T. Phillippe, Janet George, Jim Stewart, JoAnn LaPadula, Joanna Coke, Joel Shapses, John O’Brien, Jose Pardo, Katy Danca Galli, Marc Harris, Mary Klunk, Mary Voytek, Melissa Miller Nece, Mike Kiniry, Muffy Clark Gill, Nancy Terrell, Penelope Breen, Roger Sherman, Sherry Rohl, Simon Huebler, Stephen Bufter, Steve Conley, Sue Higgins, Susanne Brown, Terry Lynn Spry, Tracy Owen-Cullimore and Whit Robbins.
“It’s exciting to host artists from across all the pockets of Florida,” says exhibitions coordinator Krista Johnson. “The submissions truly showcase the breadth and creative talent of Florida’s independent artists.”
The exhibit sponsor is Elemental Stone and Waterworks.