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GREETINGS ARTISTS:
 
Today we are announcing the winners of the Light Chasers Spirit of Painting Contest!!!!

From about 350 painting entries over the last 20 weeks and from the 20 paintings voted best of their week as seen below. 
Our judge for the final challenge was Joseph Melancon, who is well know to our Light Chaser members. Learn more about Joseph below and what he is doing during this pandemic time and the classes he is offering.
Of the 20 weekly winners, which were judged in the final challenge, Joseph had said: "As usual it was difficult to make the choices. All pieces had winning qualities as well as their own weak points. There are many gut wrenching decisions to be made being that the quality level near the top is so close. I take the task very seriously. I thank you all for 
taking your chances, trusting my judgement and by all means be risk takers! "
Joseph's comments for each of our winners can be found beneath each painting. Many thanks to Joseph for generously sharing his time and talent with us!
1ST PLACE AWARD

"SUNNY DAY"
BY KATHY BAIAMONTE
$125.00 - ART & FRAME GIFT CARD

JUDGE'S COMMENTS: "Good feeling for subject. Painterly. Subtlety of color."
2ND PLACE AWARD

"BLUE BOAT PURPLE HOUSE"
BY KELLY MCGUIRE
$100.00 - ART & FRAME GIFT CARD

JUDGE'S COMMENTS: "Good color, light, composition. Feel of Florida."
3RD PLACE AWARD

"JOHNNIE'S DESK"
BY LINDA KUBECKA
$75.00 - ART & FRAME GIFT CARD

JUDGE'S COMMENTS: " Warmth and softness of paint application. Abstract plants. Content."
 
4TH PLACE AWARD

"VIEW FROM THE FRISBEE COURSE"
BY DOUG MICHALSKI
$50.00 - ART & FRAME GIFT CARD

JUDGE'S COMMENTS: "Creative vision and color. Risk taking."
1ST HONORABLE MENTION

"THE LAST LIGHT"
BY LINDA KOVACH
$25.00 - ART & FRAME GIFT CARD

JUDGE'S COMMENTS: "Good color, mood and light."
 
2ND HONORABLE MENTION

"THE BARRENS OF WEST DOVER, NOVA SCOTIA"
BY EDWARD WEDLER
$25.00 - ART & FRAME GIFT CARD

JUDGE'S COMMENTS: "Good abstract composition."
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR AWARD WINNING ARTISTS!!! WE HAVE GREATLY ENJOYED SEEING ALL OF YOUR AMAZING PAINTINGS OVER THE THE LAST 20 WEEKS AND BEING INSPIRED BY THE CREATIVE EFFORT YOU HAVE PUT FORTH DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES.
PLEASE ENJOY A FINAL VIEW OF ALL THE WEEKLY WINNERS BELOW.
Week 1
"Still Life"
Marino Roncari
Oil
14" X 11"
Week 2
"Sailboat"
Doug Finfrock
Watercolor
10" x 7"
Week 3
"Bradenton Splendor"
Darryl Goldman
oil
18" x 24"
Week 4
"Aces & Apples"
Ron Gallo
Oil
11" x 11"
Week 5
"Blue Boat Purple House"
By Kelly Mcguire
Oil
12" X 12"
Week 6
"Windy Day "
By Carmen Letelier
Acrylic
11" X 14"
Week 7
"Beach Wishes"
By Leslie Bertram
Acrylic
16" X 20"
Week 8
"The Last Light"
By Linda Kovach
Oil On Panel
10" X 10"
Week 9
"Low Country"
By Nancy Casey
Oil On Canvas
24" X 30"
Week 10
"Hudson Highlands"
By Susan Sapanara
9" x 12"
Oil
Week 11
"The Barrens Of West Dover, Nova Scotia"
By Edward Wedler
Watercolor
23 X 29 Cm
Week 12
"Johnnie's Desk"
By Linda Kubecka
Oil On Birch Panel
14" X 11"
 
Week 13
"View From The Frisbee Course"
By Doug Michalski
Acrylic
16" X 20"
Week 14
"Low Country Shrimp Boats"
By Lydia Kaeyer
Watercolor
14" X  21"
Week 15
"November Sunset"
By Nancy Bass
Oil On Panel
5" X 7"
Week 16
"Autumn Reflections, Maine"
By Madeline Wikler
Watercolor
16" X 20"
Week 17
"Sunny Day"
By Kathy Baiamonte
Oil
11" X 14"
WEEK 18
"Twilight Time"
By Sheila Carey
Acrylic On Canvas
24" X 18"
Week 19
"A Storm Is Brewing"
By Amy Webber
Oil On Linen Panel
8" X 10"
Week 20
"Glossy Ibis"
By Susan E. Hoffman
Oil + Mica Powder On Stretched Canvas
16" X 20"
 
Many thanks to Joseph Melancon for judging our Light Chasers Spirit of Painting contest. Joseph has been a familiar face to our members over the years. His many informative, free demos have captivated all who have attended them, with his out of the box thinking and innovative ideas about how to create art. Joseph's artistic talents cover the wide range of mediums, subject matter, vibrant color and styles of painting from abstract to realism that always delight the viewer.  His sketchbooks are legendary for the exquisite drawings that can be found in them. We have all benefited from Joseph's teaching skills over the past years. If you have taken a workshop with him at his home, you were treated to a tour of his impressive studio, and were amazed at the inventions he has created over the years to aid his artistry. Every level of painter can benefit from his knowledgeable teaching in all mediums.

During this pandemic Joseph has kept quite busy with teaching zoom classes. To view Joseph's paintings, contact him or find out about the classes he is now teaching, please click on the links below:
 
melanconart@gmail.com
josephmelancon.com
artsarasota.org/melancon


 
 As a way of supporting our local businesses, all of our prizes for our Spirit of Painting Contest were purchased from our local art supply store, ART & FRAME OF SARASOTA.

PLEASE SUPPORT THEM BY BUYING YOUR ART SUPPLIES FROM THEM, SO THAT THEY WILL BE THERE FOR US IN THE FUTURE.

Store Hours
Monday trough Saturday 
10AM - 5 pm
1055 South Tamiami Trail, STE 102 Sarasota, FL 34236
941-366-2301


MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR PARTICIPATING ARTISTS FOR KEEPING THE LIGHT CHASERS SPIRIT ALIVE AND WELL INTO OUR 10TH YEAR!!!
IT HAS BEEN A TOUGH YEAR FOR EVERYONE DURING THIS PANDEMIC, AND BEING ABLE TO VIEW YOUR AMAZING ARTWORK EVERY WEEK HAS 
GIVEN US ALL A  SPOT OF LIGHT TO SEE.

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