Slideshow of 2018 Award Winners

Popular Choice Vote - 1st Place
Popular Choice Vote - 1st Place

Peter Carey
Gallery of Maps

Popular Choice Vote - 2nd Place
Popular Choice Vote - 2nd Place

Sayeko Nakamura
Blue Room

Popular Choice Vote - 3rd Place
Popular Choice Vote - 3rd Place

Margaret Washington
San Jose Jazz

Judge's Favorite ($400 Cheap Joe Gift Certificate)
Judge's Favorite ($400 Cheap Joe Gift Certificate)

Blue Room
By Sayeko Nakamura

Juror's Comments: I enjoy the playful awkwardness in the figure and the perspective. The composition has so many elements that give the viewer ways to move through the composition but especially the variety of stripes.

Picture Elements ($150 gift certificate)
Picture Elements ($150 gift certificate)

Gallery of Maps
By Peter Carey

Juror's Comments: The drawing in this painting is remarkable, complicated and beautifully executed. I like the way the details are held together in masses of warm and cool color.

Picture Elements ($150 gift certificate)
Picture Elements ($150 gift certificate)

Explosion
By Susan Jochheim

Juror's Comments: The contrast in this painting is striking in both the use of the complimentary color and the bright hues against the dark ground. It really lets the color explode.

University Arts ($100 gift certificate)
University Arts ($100 gift certificate)

Moonrise Over Grand Canyon
By Karen Olsen

Juror's Comments: The mood in this painting is given mystery through the dark hues and open and masterful use of washes.

University Arts ($100 gift certificate)
University Arts ($100 gift certificate)

Raspberry, Blueberry Popsicle
By Kaaren Marquez

Juror's Comments: Sweet delicious color used to express soft melting ice cream, clearly solid blueberries and seedy raspberries brings a moment to savor in this well executed still life.

Tony Baxter Framing ($75 gift certificate)
Tony Baxter Framing ($75 gift certificate)

Going, Going Gone...?
By Jarv Falkard

Juror's Comments: The use of cool colors and controlled washes to express the solidity of the ice, movement in the water and space in the sky are beautifully done.

Living in Color - Terri Hill Book
Living in Color - Terri Hill Book

Going to Coit
By Karen Bieber

Juror's Comments: This painting has a complicated composition of architecture and light. The blocking of the shadows against the lit buildings and the backs of the figures creates an inviting space for the viewer to walk into.

Creative Catalyst (DVD gift certificate)
Creative Catalyst (DVD gift certificate)

Reflections on a Snowy River
By Cathy Zander

Juror's Comments: The intense blue in the river sits perfectly in the center of the composition giving life to the cold contrasting black and white of the winter scene.

Creative Catalyst (DVD gift certificate)
Creative Catalyst (DVD gift certificate)

Winter in Yellowstone
By Priya Pharate

Juror's Comments: The use of complimentary color to bring warm light to a winter scene strikes a beautiful balance along with soft transparencies in the washes.

1st Place ($500)
1st Place ($500)

I Will Have the Water
by  Michael Granger

Juror's Comments:  This painting shows incredible mastery of the medium. It has a beautiful rhythm expressed through the color and design. It draws the viewer in with the level of detail and at the same time the artist has kept the painting fresh and lively.

2nd Place ($300)
2nd Place ($300)

San Jose Jazz
by  Margaret Washington


Juror's Comments: Beautiful use of light and focus to create space. I enjoy the complication of all the figures playing against the abstraction of the tree trunk like a solo improvisation in a jazz piece.

3rd Place ($200)
3rd Place ($200)

Do Not Go Gentle into That Dark Night
By Myrna Wacknov

Juror's Comments:The compliment of texture to the painterly use of the watercolor evokes an emotional response that gives impact to the image.

Emerging Artist ($100)
Emerging Artist ($100)

Sailing With Dad
By Leslie Landers

Juror's Comments: I enjoy the sense of light and space in this painting as well as the balance of open expanses and small detail.

Honorable Mention ($100)
Honorable Mention ($100)

Running Waters
By Grace Rankin

Juror's Comments: The loose expressive quality of the paint and freedom in the color creates a terrific energy in this painting.

Honorable Mention - Beneath the Surface  ($100)
Honorable Mention - Beneath the Surface ($100)

Pacific Coast Morning
By Shirley Green

Juror's Comments: The texture on the surface of the rocks and the beautiful washes in the sky and sea bring an interesting contrast to the painting.

Honorable Mention - Design  ($100)
Honorable Mention - Design ($100)

Shakespeare & Co., Paris
By Jean Warren

Juror's Comments: This painting has a great mix of abstraction and figurative imagery along with a beautiful use of color.

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