BIG ARTS Phillips Gallery, located at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, is open Monday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. “A Touch of Red” exhibit was open through Monday, April 30.
Charles Miano, artist and educator, and President of the Southern Atelier Fine Arts Center in Sarasota, judged the artwork in the exhibit. Judges Awards were presented by Pat Smart, President of the Sanibel-Captiva Art League. The exhibit’s First Place winner is Daphne Hammond, for Seated Nude; Second Place is Marion Hall, for Australian Pine; and Third Place winner is Rita Mach Skozen, for That Lady In Red. Judge’s Merit Awards were given to Joan Tangren-Reynolds and Neil Glaser. Judge’s Choice Award went to Pamela Rutherford and Rose Young.
Kevin Ruane presented the Mayor’s Choice Award to Stan Timson for Alligator Alley Fishing Club, which will hang at the City of Sanibel offices this summer. SCCF Choice Award was presented by Cheryl Giattini to Sharyn Dahn, for Sunset Over Open Water.
Maggie Butcher, Glenda Campbell, Nancy Hilger and Harriet Pattison, members of the Shell Islands Garden Club, displayed a wide variety of flowers incorporating the show’s theme, and used birds-of-paradise, ferns, coco plum, and even red bell peppers in their arrangements. Artworks by Sanibel School students Julia Holston and Daniel Shuster were selected by their art teacher, Tylor Stweart, to be part of the exhibit.
Voting for the “People’s Choice” was ongoing during the exhibit, Daniel Schuster, of the Sanibel School, came in first, with 10 votes for Wisdom. Edward Burd’s Home Sweet Home came in second, and Stan Timson, who won the Mayor's Choice award with Alligator Alley Fishing Club, came in third.
The annual competition draws from members of the Art Councils of Southwest Florida, which includes more than 4,000 artists from 16 area art organizations. This year’s exhibit highlighted the use of the color red, and featured original works in watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media, collage, sculpture and original prints.
For more than 15 years, members from the Art Councils of Southwest Florida have been invited by the Sanibel-Captiva Art League to exhibit at BIG ARTS. The mission of the Sanibel-Captiva Art League is to create opportunities to create and share art, support art education, and to enhance the community artistically.
For further information about this exhibit, events at BIG ARTS, to purchase tickets, or to become a member, stop by BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road Sanibel; call (239) 395-0900, e-mail info@BIGARTS.org, or log on to www.BIGARTS.org.
For information about BIG ARTS visual arts exhibits: http://www.bigarts.org/
For information about Art Councils of Southwest Florida: http://www.artcouncilofsouthwestflorida.org/
For information about Sanibel-Captiva Art League: http://www.sancapart.com/
For information about Southern Atelier Fine Arts Center: http://southernatelier.org/