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    April 2017 Finalists

    April 2017 Judge: Jeanne Bessette

    "Although it has sense of reality, it was the mood and choice of monochromatic colors that struck me."
    — Jeanne Bessette

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    Busy Bakers by Nyle GordonBEST IN SHOW: Busy Bakers by Nyle Gordon Judge's comment: I'm not entirely sure I would call this representational. Although it has sense of reality, it was the mood and choice of monochromatic colors that struck me in this piece. That application made it very unique and pleasing.

    Waiting by Susan KuznitskyWaiting by Susan Kuznitsky. Judge's comment: Nice piece. Well executed. Pleasing to look at for a long time.

    Silhouette·3 by Jie ZhuangSilhouette·3 by Jie Zhuang. Judge's comment: Gorgeous paint application and mood. I would have liked to see a stronger title.

    My Amma by Venkatesh DornalMy Amma by Venkatesh Dornal. Judge's comment: Beautifully done. Simple and striking all at the same time.

    Bearded Saint by Geoffrey E LevittBearded Saint by Geoffrey E Levitt. Judge's comment: A real departure from reality shows in the way this piece is handled.  The loose lush streaks and spatters along with various opaque glazes give way to a non-objective contemporary style that is most popular today.  The cubes of color seem to disappear and reappear unexpectedly in a linear fashion.

    Mart by Stephanie SchechterMart by Stephanie Schechter. Judge's comment: The execution of this piece is stunningly beautiful.

    Beautiful Questions by Beverly Todd Beautiful Questions by Beverly Todd. Judge's comment: It's hard to find a well executed, unique abstract. This is one of them.

    We The People by Leo Vincent GagneWe The People by Leo Vincent Gagne. Judge's comment: Well executed, well timed and well delivered. It is a very strong piece.

    do not be blinded by words by Christine Mercer-Vernon "do not be blinded by words" by Christine Mercer-Vernon. Judge's comment: Although many do not take titles into consideration, I do and love a strong title. Add this to the execution and statement of this piece and you have a winner. Nicely done.

    Edward Inman Senior by Suzie BakerEdward Inman Senior by Suzie Baker.  Judge's comment: The moodiness and paint application is what is so beautiful about this piece. Well done.

    Facing the Seasons of Life by Alexandria WinslowFacing the Seasons of Life by Alexandria Winslow. Judge's comment: The use of color and strong hard edges is what is so intriguing about this piece. A title that is equally intriguing may have sent this to a higher mark.

    Clementines and Cranberries by 	Chris Krupinski Clementines and Cranberries by Chris Krupinski. Judge's comment: This piece grabbed me instantly not because it is an original concept but because it is so well executed.

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    Latest Reviews by Member Artists


    This is a beautiful portrait. For this viewer that lovely face reflects innocence and purity, although that is perhaps not what the artist intended. Great skill is demonstrated with all the elements of this piece - particularly the textures of the hair and the cap. Overall it is an outstanding image.

    Well, one must read the description with this painting. The artist projects such an enthusiastic spirit and I am immediately caught up! This painting surely conveys the fantastical, a place inspired by dreams of other realms -- yet within this world, shrouded in the lore of history and days gone by.

    I wish there was more socially motivated art such as this one about beach erosion; the concept is well symbolized with falling angles and elements. There is color (life) above but a cold bareness below.

    Very colorful meeting of shapes conveys a happy feeling. Looks like a gathering of boats -- as if they are all talking.