ST. PETERSBURG — Mixed-media artist Rocky Bridges took the top award at the 34th annual Mainsail Arts Festival on Sunday, along with $10,000 in prize money.
The Tarpon Springs artist has won plenty of awards over the years, including several Best in Shows, for his creative combinations of found objects he incorporates into paintings and sculptures. He has also had numerous gallery and museum shows locally and around the country.
Mainsail, like all such festivals, invites a different arts professional each year to judge the entries. The judge is usually an out-of-towner who has little knowledge of the exhibiting artists. This year's juror was Charles R. Loving, director and curator of the George Rickey Sculpture Archive at the Snite Museum of Art at University of Notre Dame.
Awards of Excellence ($1,500)
Sue Archer, watercolors; Pam Fox, jewelry; Ummarid Eitharong, mixed media; Don Carter, wood; Dawn Vertrees, jewelry; Michael Myers, photography; Russell Yerkes, watercolors; James Spiroff, ceramics; Jean Yao, fibers; Nancy Cervenka, sculpture.
Awards of Distinction ($750)
Cheryl Mackey Smith, mixed media; James Michaels, oil/acrylic; Judith Wood, mixed media; William Underwood, photography; Heather Fortner, mixed media; Christine Reichow, watercolors; John Bayalis, watercolors; Ken Orton, oil/acrylic; Sana Doumet, jewelry; Deborah Ciotti, fibers; Gael and Howard Silverblatt, jewelry; Vonnie Whitworth, watercolors; Patricia Karnes, jewelry; David McKirdy, mixed media; Todd Alexander, mixed media; Ed Camargo, mixed media; Elaine Laurent, mixed media.
Awards of Merit ($500)
Vasileios Tsentas, ceramics; David Kennedy, oil/acrylic; Michael Braun, digital; Vicki Tindall, ceramics; Victor Edwards, wood; Tony Savoic, mixed media; Michael Williams; Singling and Shiu Ping Lee, ceramics; Misao Adachi, oil/acrylic; John Moore, ceramics; John Costin, graphics; Duncan McClellan, glass; Jayne Demarcay, jewelry; Gail Markiewicz, ceramics; H.J. Herrera, photography; Carolyn Cohen, graphics; William Kidd, ceramics; Richard Currier, oil/acrylic; Marc Duke, photography; Susan Gott, glass.
Purchase Awards ($200)
Debra Blazer, jewelry (the Mahaffey Co.); Christopher Cardot, graphics (Wells, Houser & Schatzel P.A.); John Costin, graphics (Anthony J. LaSpada P.A.); Duncan McClellan, glass (Harvey's Fourth Street Grill); Nancy Cervenka, sculpture (Interior Motives/Leslie Curran); Don Bodenberg, jewelry (Douglas C. Buchan & Associates); Meredith Kuntzch, graphics (Fred & Monika MacFawn).
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