Winners Announced for Small Wonders 2023
Susan Arrowood, Mary Bartrop, Deanna Basnett, Janet K. Baxter, Peggy S. Burton, Austin Calhoun, Keilee Caltagirone, Carl Childs, Janet Dyer, Rob Dyer, Dianne W. Garner, Darlene Godfrey, Lizz Grimsley, Emma Kay Lewis, Mari Matamoros, Lori McAdams, Tim McDougald, Martha K. Moore, James L. Norman, Alex Pietersen, Shelby Sabelli, Ron Shepard, Jean Wilder Smith, Manya Starr, Denesha Sweat, Chris Tessnear, and Jan Welborn.
Judging this year’s show was Jessica Burke (J.B), an Associate Professor of Art and Foundations Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As an artist, she is interested in the effect of popular culture on identity. Her creative work has been included in competitive juried and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally.Miss Burke selected First, Second and Third Place prizes along with three Merit Awards. Please see the winning works and the judge’s comments below.
Alex Pietersen, Paradise, mixed media
[This is primarily a wood sculpture of a small cabin, with a pond, bench and picnic table.] I really appreciated this three-dimensional approach. There is a distinct authenticity to this work that speaks to the artist and their idea of paradise. The quality and craft in both the cabin and the rendering of the tree created focal points that elevated the piece.
Lori McAdams, Archimedean Solid, scratchboard
Scratchboard is an unforgiving medium, but when used well, it creates a strong value language and drama of light. The use of mark-making to create the illusion of depth worked well in this central approach to composition.
Mari Matamoros, Mini Abstract #4, acrylic
The compositional choices were really strong use of asymmetrical balance and directional movement especially. The mix of texture, mark-making and shape design worked well together to create a compelling formal arrangement.
Denesha Sweat, Getting Past the Stings, mixed media
Ron Shepard, Faux Christmas, pastel
Deanna Basnett, Arizona I, watercolor