I hope the winter is treating you kindly.
I have some nice news to share--
In October, I sent a few miniature paintings out to the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF) show. (The MASF hosts the largest miniature art show in the world, and one of the most highly respected.) This year the MASF jury received over 1000 works from around the world, and ended up accepting 800 or so works from 11 countries.
I have received word that I've received the top award there, 'Best in Show'. (This was made sweeter yet for me, because the final Judge was someone whose work I very much respect, John Seerey-Lester.) The award was given for 'Lang Syne'.
The MASF would have liked me to come down for the presentation, but I couldn't get away this year. (A call was received from Florida, a friend of my sister, who was surprised to find my name in the newspapers down there though! I hadn't planned to tell many people about this until it was closer to the time of the show.)
Here's an excerpt from the MASF's press release:
The distinguished Judge, John Seerey-Lester, is a world-renowned wildlife and historic artist with works at the White House, and in permanent, private, and Museum collections world wide. John stated, "In all my years of judging art shows, this has to be my favorite show. I was blown away with the incredible talent shown in these magnificent pieces. These artists managed to pull off the necessary criteria to make great art, normally reserved for larger pieces, in very small formats..."
The Miniature Art Society of Florida show runs from January 17th to February 7th at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Quote for the day:
'Be it jewel or toy, not the prize gives the joy, but the striving to win the prize.' Robert Bulwer-Lytton
Congratulations on winning best of show in the MASF show! Your paintings looked incredible in person. How you can create such exquisite detail in such a small scale work is fascinating.
A volunteer brought me right to your work after seeing the cherry painting on my business card! Would you like me to send you a copy of the St. Petersburg Times write up of the show?
What an honor!! Congratulations on your best of show. Your work is incredible, and very deserving of this award.
Thank you both, very much! I'm so grateful for the support, comments and good wishes I've received on this.(especially nice feedback for those who work in solitude, aye?) (Nance, thank you so much also for the offer of the newspaper--by happenstance, a travelling friend of my sister saw it and sent it to me, so I have that one.)
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