Thursday, December 3, 2009

Judge's Choice Awards

The following paintings have been selected by the award jurors and are the "Judge's Choice Awards" for the First Annual Autumn Arts Painting Challenge and Competition. Congratulations to all those selected as well as every artist who created a new work of art for this challenge and competition. (*NOTE - Works are listed below in no particular order.)

The "Judge's Choice Award" artworks will be part of an exhibit at the Bucks County Gallery of Fine Art in New Hope, PA, beginning March 1, 2010. These works of art will hang alongside the winning selections that were announced a few weeks ago for our First Annual Autumn Arts Painting Challenge and Competition. Each artist will be contacted with instructions on how to ship their works to the gallery.

Please join us for the Gala Reception at the Bucks County Gallery of Fine Art to celebrate on March 6, 2010, from noon to 6 pm. We hope to see you there!

Our thanks, once again, to our amazing judges for all of the hours of work they dedicated to this challenge.

Take note artists, works must be shipped or delivered
to the gallery no later than February 20, 2010.

Bucks County Gallery of Fine Art
77 W. Bridge Street
New Hope, PA 18938

"Corn Hill II"
Christine Bodnar

“To the Sea”
Acrylic on Canvas 60*120 c.m.
Kittipong Panmuang

Oil 20"x30" "The Poplars" Ron Rudat

Becky Joy, "Backllit Oak", 20x24 Oil

"Creeks Edge"
12x16 oil on board
Doug Braithwaite

"Old Milk Trucks", 8x10, oil on panel, © Darrell Hill

"October Thicket", 12X12, Randall David Tipton

Mark Kelvin Horton

"Autumn Corn II"
12x16 Oil on Linen
Horton Hayes Fine Art
Shannon Runquist

"High, Wide and Lonesome"
Victoria Morris Ekelund
Oil on Canvas, 36" x 18"

"Autumn Jewels"
Amanda Luck Baltzell

"Lincoln Blvd. - Venice"
Thomas W. Schaller

"October Moon" - Mixed Media - Sarah Yeoman

"Belltown" Robin Weiss, Oil on Canvas 12X12

"Stalking Monet" 40X26 Watercolor by Paul Jackson

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Thousand Artists, An Amazing Art Event Unfolds

Today we announce the winners of one of the largest, free art challenges ever to be held on the Internet - the First Annual Autumn Arts Challenge and Contest. The global event has ignited the interest of artists, galleries, and collectors. Hundreds of new original works were created during the month of October 2009 specifically for the Autumn Arts Challenge.

Every painting here celebrates the true spirit of art - a unique vision from an individual artist who had the courage to join us for our first free, global art challenge.

Nationally acclaimed judges Soon Y Warren, Gladys de Moran, and Marsha Savage kindly volunteered an immense amount of time to view almost 1000 images and select the best. The three administrators, Sandy Askey-Adams, Jean Levert-Hood, and Nancy Medina, were humbled, honored, and, quite frankly, a bit taken aback at the response to this event.

Congratulations to the winners. And thank you to everyone who joined us, everyone who entered a painting, and a sincere thanks to the amazing judges who worked together so graciously every step of the way. We hope you will join us for the next challenge.

Winners of the First Annual Autumn Arts Painting Challenge 2009

*sizes of artworks are provided here if they were provided by the artists

Best of Show


Pastel Category

First Place:

Clive R. Tyler, "Aspen Glory," Soft Pastel


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Oil / Acrylic Category

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Watercolor Category

First Place:

38 x 25"

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Mixed Media Category

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Monday, November 9, 2009

If We Build It, Will They Come? Give Us Your Feedback!

Welcome to a new blog for the First Annual Autumn Arts Painting Challenge. What began as a conversation about an art workshop between three artist friends has grown into one of the largest art contests on the Web. And why not? What better challenge than one that is free, global, and open to any artist who has the desire to create?

Sandy Askey-Adams, Jean Levert Hood, and Nancy Medina launched the first Art Challenge on October 1, 2009. The group attracted over over 1000 members who have submitted over 900 pieces of original artwork during the 30-day contest period.

This new blog is where we will announce the winners of the First Annual Autumn Arts Challenge and Competition. We will also tell you more about the prizes, gallery shows, and future Challenges so be sure to select the "Follow" button on the right side of this page to stay tuned.

Our deepest thanks to the hundreds of artists who created NEW works during the Challenge period for our first event. The nationally acclaimed judges, Gladys Roldan-de-Moras, Soon Y Warren, and Marsha Savage are reviewing those works right now and the top selections will be posted shortly. The judges and administrators have received no payment for their work on this event, and all prizes have been donated.

Please give us your feedback in the comments on this blog. We hope you have enjoyed this free contest as much as we have and will join us for the next challenge. Stay tuned for details to come!