Saturday, November 3, 2012

First Place at Snake River Showcase

The opening of the Snake River Showcase at the Valley Art Center in Clarkston, WA was last evening. This was a juried show of regional artists from the Northwest and my first time participating in this show. We had a great turnout of art lovers and a wonderful variety of artwork from many talented individuals. We had everything from traditional works in oil and watercolor to beautiful fiber and fabric art pieces and sculpture. 
I entered three pieces of my bird themed art and was absolutely delighted to discover that two of the three had received awards in the acrylic/watermedia category. My painting "Sunrise Sentinel" received a First place award. This painting is special to me as I created it shortly after my father had passed away. It features a Great Blue Heron at sunrise quietly paused by waters edge. My father loved birds and the water and this reminded me of him.
The second piece, called "The Hunter", depicts a Peregrine Falcon with it's breakfast.
I created this piece based on photos I had taken of a falconer friends bird after we had taken it hunting. It was an exciting pursuit to watch and many wildlife paintings do not depict birds of prey with their kill, but I felt it was essential to paint this bird as the hunter it was created to be. This painting received an honorable mention in the same category of acrylic/watermedia.
The Snake River Showcase will be on display for the month of November at the Valley Art Center, 842 6th St., Clarkston, WA. 
Please stop by if you are in the area and enjoy all the wonderful art pieces being shown there.