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    August 2017 Judge: Morgan Samuel Price

    "Anytime the artist can capture an audience by emotion alone, the artist has done a superior job."
    — Morgan Samuel Price

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    Cuban Blend by Alan WylieBEST IN SHOW, WINNER OF $1,000.00 CASH AWARD:
    Cuban Blend by Alan Wylie. Judge's comment: Cuban Blend is a beautifully rendered watercolor which was a demanding combination of superb design and draftsmanship. The emotional quality of this painting creates a stillness you will not easily forget. This paintings hits on all levels.

    Jacob's Ladder by Jason SacranJacob's Ladder by Jason Sacran. Judge's comment: Jacob's Ladder by Jason Sacran is filled with light. The effect is so well painted you want to squint at the backlighting of the tree. The color created the perfect temperature for the effect of the light bursting through the back of the tree. Beautifully painted.

    New York by Derek PenixNew York by Derek Penix. Judge's comment: Distorted View of New York by Derek Penix is perspective feat. Your eye wants to wander in and out of the buildings and up and down the streets. Making the eye move through a painting effectively, demands thoughtful intention, through effective design.

    Break Time at Café Du MondeBreak Time at Café du Monde. Judge's comment: Nyle Gordon has an emotional impact that makes you smile. Anytime the artist can capture an audience by emotion alone the artist has done a superior job.

    Back from the Bazaar by Patrick SaundersBack from the Bazaar by Patrick Saunders. Judge's comment: Back From the Bazaar by Patrick Saunders is such a well  design of painting, worth studying over and over. The backlighting is very effective. The painting of the texture of the sidewalk is very well done and totally convincing. This artist is highly skilled.

    White Boats on a Beach by Deborah TilbyWhite Boats on a Beach by Deborah Tilby. Judge's comment: White Boats on a Beach is well designed, drafted. This artist has great color and conveys the enjoyment of moment beautifully. The temperature of the day is comfortable which the viewer experiences upon seeing this work of art. This is a skill only gained by lots of time painting plein air.

    Honey, Greens & Pepper by Kathie OdomHoney, Greens & Pepper by Kathie Odom.  Judge's comment: The complimentary color combination of red and green is always going to demand attention. This is a spontaneous plein air painting that makes you smile and delights your eyes. The little green house drives your eye right into this charming painting. Well done!

    Not So Black and White by Chris KrupinskiNot So Black and White by Chris Krupinski. Judge's comment: Chris Krupinski is a very skilled artist who hit a home run on all her entries but I had to pick one! The design work in this watercolor painting is very difficult. The technical ability of the artist totally supports the beautiful watercolor painting and allows it to shine.

    It Takes All Kinds by Heather ArenasIt Takes All Kinds by Heather Arenas. Judge's comment: It Takes All Kinds by Heather Arenas has you at first glance! The artist has designed an elongated space which requires a great design  not to split the painting into two paintings. The gesture of the numerous figures convey separate personalities which increases the emotional enjoyment of the scene.

    Sailing Club, W Palm Beach Florida by Diann Benoit JamyfieldSailing Club, W Palm Beach, Florida by Diann Benoit Jamyfield. Judge's comment: Sailing Club Palm Beach by Diann Benoit Jamyfield has a very spontaneous quality to this Watercolor painting. The crisp washes add to this quality. The designs abstract quality moves effectively throughout the scene. You take it all in as you move across this watercolor painting. Very well organized.

    Vegas Sudden Downpour by by Tom ShropshireVegas Sudden Downpour by Tom Shropshire. Judge's comment: Vegas Sudden Downpour by Tom Shropshire is a combination of deft watercolor brush strokes that skipped and skidded through this portrayal of Las Vegas in the rain. It captured the effect of Vegas glitter!

    Viper II by Michael FabrizioViper II by Michael Fabrizio. Judge's comment: This acrylic painting is well organized, captivating in color and designed to not let you go! Well done.