Alliance for the Arts Announces Winning Artists in December’s Fired Up: A Juried Exhibit

Artists submitted over 90 pieces for consideration in the Alliance for the Arts’ December exhibit Fired Up. The juror, Lee Brotherton, narrowed the list to 46 pieces which were unveiled to the public during an opening celebration on Dec. 8. The exhibit will continue until Jan. 5 at 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33919. Admission to the gallery is free, but a $5 suggested donation helps keep arts programming accessible.

June Powell was awarded Best In Show for her piece Verdant. Patricia Fay won second place for Tree Pots 1. Third place was awarded to John O’Brien – The Chase.

Honorable mentions include Alyssa Balabad – Sad Blob, Deborah Martin – Rain and Joanne Bedient Frust of the Fire.

The Alliance for the Arts’ December exhibit, Fired Up, features the works of 29 Florida artists who have created their pieces using fire or heat in some way. The juried entries represent mediums such as ceramics, glass, welded pieces, encaustics and installations.

Artists include: Thais Alvarez, Alyssa Baladad, JoAnne Bedient, Gianna Dubay, Patricia Fay, Ehren Fritz Gerhard, Eric Greenblatt, Carrie Keohane, Jay Lana, Sherry Lavendar, Felipe Maldonado, Sandra Fay Mark, Deborah Martin, John Merchant, Rick Plummer, June Powell, John O’Brien, Marcia Preisler, Mary Etta Rokusek, Ronald Sebring, Gale Shamblott, Joel Shapses, Barbara Simon, Toni Ferrell Sutton, Lynn Troyer, Mary Voytek, Beverly Yankwitt, Roseline Young and Peter Zell.

This year’s juror is Lee Brotherton. Brotherton has over 20 years of creating, marketing and selling pottery recreations and original sculpture and paintings. Her sculptures are in private, corporate and museum collections throughout the world.

This show has been rescheduled from September 2017 due to Hurricane Irma.

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