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GREETINGS ARTISTS:

WE HOPE EVERYONE ENJOYED THEIR HOLIDAYS AND WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH EVERYONE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR OF 2021!

THIS IS THE 20TH AND FINAL WEEK OF OUR LIGHTCHASERS SPIRIT OF PAINTING CONTEST. AFTER THE BEST PAINTING OF THIS WEEK IS CHOSEN, ALL THE WINNING PAINTINGS OF THE PAST 20 WEEKS OF THE CONTEST WILL BE JUDGED AND IN A SPECIAL EMAIL THE PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED.  

WE WILL NOT BE CONDUCTING ANY MORE WEEKLY CONTESTS IN ORDER TO GIVE YOU TIME TO PAINT YOUR ENTRY FOR OUR LIGHT CHASERS 10TH ANNUAL MEMBERS SHOW.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN ANY MORE PAINTINGS UNTIL YOU RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE SHOW.


BELOW ARE VERY IMPORTANT NOTICES REGARDING OUR SHOWS THIS YEAR...PLEASE READ!
 
 
BECAUSE OF TWO VERY DIFFICULT SITUATIONS, WE WILL BE HAVING ONLINE SHOWS ONLY THIS YEAR.

THE FIRST REASON IS THE ONGOING COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC., WHICH MAKES THE NORMALLY CROWDED SHOWS WE USUALLY HAVE, UNSAFE FOR ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THEM.

THE SECOND REASON BEING SARASOTA COUNTY IS NOW REQUIRING ALL GROUPS THAT FORMERLY HAD PARNTERSHIPS WITH PHILLIPPI ESTATE PARK FOR USE OF THE MANSION, TO NOW PAY A $4,200.00 RENTAL FEE PER DAY TO USE THE MANSION. WE HAVE MET WITH PRISCILLA BROWN ADMINISTRATOR OF PHILLIPPI ESTATE PARK TO TRY AND FIND A WAY TO USE IN-KIND SERVICES TO PAY FOR PART OF THE FEE, BUT SARASOTA COUNTY WOULD NOT ALLOW THIS BECAUSE OUR ARTISTS ARE MAKING MONEY FROM SELLING THEIR PAINTINGS.

WE ARE EITHER GOING TO HAVE TO SOMEHOW RAISE THE MONEY FOR THE FEES FOR A ONE DAY SHOW AT THE EDSON KEITH MANSION FOR NEXT YEAR OR FIND A NEW LOCATION FOR OUR 2022 SHOWS AND EVENTS.
UNTIL THEN, WE HAVE TO BE CREATIVE AND REINVENT HOW WE PROCEED WITH OUR SHOWS AND EVENTS FOR THIS 2021 YEAR.

WE ARE VERY SORRY TO HAVE TO GIVE YOU THIS UNHAPPY NEWS, AS WE ALL ENJOYED HAVING OUR SHOWS AT THE EDSON KEITH MANSION, BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS BEYOND OUR CONTROL IN BOTH CASES. WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE PATIENTLY BEAR WITH US AS WE TRY TO ORGANIZE AND CREATE THIS NEW FORMAT FOR OUR SHOWS.

WE WILL BE PROVIDING YOU WITH MORE INFORMATION ON OUR 2021 0NLINE MEMBERS SHOWS IN THE COMING WEEKS, BUT UNTIL THEN PLEASE KEEP ON PAINTING!
 
THE PAINTING CHOSEN AS BEST PAINTING OF THE 19TH WEEK OF THE LIGHT CHASERS SPIRIT OF PAINTING CONTEST IS:

"A STORM IS BREWING"
BY AMY WEBBER
OIL ON LINEN PANEL
8" X 10"
 
Congratulations to Amy for a very beautifully captured moment in time. She has captured the several minutes in which the last rays of sunlight are still glimmering across the shoreline, before the darkness of the storm overtakes the scene. This painting is all about the texture of the brushstokes conveying the power and atmosphere of the impending storm. From the roughness of the water and sand on the beach, you can sense a change in the weather is due very soon. The white highlights on the water and the sandy shore carry your eye around the curve of the beach, to the approaching storm in the distance. You can almost feel the wind whipping up the waves, blowing sand in the air and creating movement in the trees and grasses before the rain finally pours down! Amy's painting will be entered into the final challenge at the end of the contest.
HERE ARE THE PAINTINGS SUBMITTED FOR THE 20th  AND FINAL WEEK OF THE LIGHT CHASERS "SPIRIT OF PAINTING" CONTEST.

Doug Michalski
“A Castle in Punta Gorda”
16" x 20" 
Acrylic 

Valerie Peterson
"Englewood Beach"
Oil
12" x 16"

Linda Greaves
"Myakka Trail"
Acrylic
16" x 22"

 
Debra Bryant
"Vintage Chucks"
Oils
10" X 8"
Heidi Gaudry
"Chattahoochee River"
OIL
8" x 16"
Sheila Carey 
"Dodger The Dolphin"
Acrylic on canvas 
12" x 16"
 
Donna Janec Karambelas
"Christmas Dove"
Acrylic
8" x 10"

Lydia Kaeyer
"Monhegan Harbor"
Watercolor 
12" x 16"

Susan E. Hoffman
"Glossy Ibis"
oil + mica powder on stretched canvas
16" x 20"
Donna Gannon
“Off the Rails”
Pastels
6" x 8"
 
Carmen Letelier
“A feeling of Peace”
10" x 10"
Acrylic 
 
Linda Kovach
“Sunlight over Lac Leman”
Oil on Panel
11” x 14”
Judy Klein
"Blustery Day at the Beach"
16" x 20"
Oil on canvas
Missy Koppels
"North Lido End of December"
Pastel on paper
6" x 8" 
 

SPIRIT OF PAINTING CONTEST RULES:
 

1. This contest is for Light Chaser Members only no matter where in the country you are now. If you receive our newsletter you are a member.  If you wish to share the contest with other artists please have them sign up on our website.

2. Paintings eligible for the weekly contest must be COMPLETED during the week (between Sunday at 5pm through Sunday at 5pm), but may have been started earlier. 
*Paintings could be plein air paintings done that week, paintings begun earlier but completed that week, or studio paintings executed from previous Plein Air sessions and completed that week. 
*Subjects can be landscape, still life, figures or animals and can be done representationally or abstractly. 
WE ARE ENCOURAGING YOU TO PAINT DURING THE WEEK! 
The deadline to submit is Sunday at 5PM!  
YOU ARE ON YOUR HONOR TO COMPLY WITH THIS.

3. Choose one painting to send in for the week. No obligation to submit every week. 
    A.  Type Spirit of Painting  in the subject line of your email 
    B.  In the body of the email please advise the following info:
       *Your name (please include this in the body of the mail)
       *"Title of painting"
       *Medium
       *size
    C. Attach a photo of your unframed painting done that week. (When photographing your art for the challenge, please send only the image with out any background or frame.
    D.  Send the email to lightchasersinc@gmail.com.

4. We may throw in a special challenge once in a while, a prompt for the weeks painting so please be sure to read the emails to discover the prompt. Only paintings that take the prompts challenge will be accepted that week. 

5. The Light Chasers board will vote on the paintings and the winner will be announced the following Sunday along with that weeks new entries. Board members will recuse themselves if they submit a painting.

6. Each weeks winners of the Challenge will qualify for the final judging for several prizes. (number of weeks will be determined by the board not to exceed 20 weeks)

7. All mediums are acceptable that we allow in our Annual Shows. (Please consult the rules for our Annual Show on our Light Chasers Website to check on Mediums allowed)

Photography is not acceptable.
As this is the final week of our contest, we would like to thank everyone who participated in this 20 week Spirit of Painting Contest and gave of their time and talent to brighten up the many months of social distancing and inspired us to KEEP ON PAINTING OR AT LEAST THINK ABOUT PAINTING!!! You have truly provided a gift to all who viewed your creative works! Many Thanks again for your kindness and perseverance throughout this pandemic.

TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE AND STAY WELL AND PLEASE KEEP ON PAINTING!
MaryAnn, Susan, Patti, Jack , Lynn, Sharon & Terry

"A painting is never finished - it simply stops in interesting places."

Paul Gardner

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