Before Henry Poe was announced as winner of the Raymond James Invitational best of show award, he thought he was just having a bad day.
It was mid-afternoon, and not only had he not made a sale, he hadn't given out a single business card.
Although he has won best of show awards in the past, it's easy to pass by his black and white photography. He shoots humble subjects at night using only available light: a kitchen chair, a telephone booth, a darkened house. Exposures take 30 to 60 minutes each.
His award of $1,250 represents about 15 percent of his annual earnings, he said.
The one-day show at The Pier brought more than 15,000 people to see artists who had set up booths along the approach.
Maass also selected these winners:
Two-dimensional art: first prize, $750, Denis Gaston, Dunedin, drawings; second, $500, James Michaels, Palm Harbor, oils and acrylics; third, $250, Bill Renc, Safety Harbor, drawings and prints.
Three-dimensional art: first, $750, Russ Gustafson-Hilton, St. Petersburg, clay (he won the same award last year); second, $500, Susan Livingston, St. Petersburg, clay; third, $250, Jack Borres, Pinellas Park, wood sculpture.
Jewelry: first, $750, Kathleen Dennison, Naples; second, $500, Doreen Brinkerhoff, Tampa; third, $250, Gareth Whitehurst, Clearwater.
The Pier award of $100 went to to Ellen Marshall, watercolor and acrylics, Ybor City; and The Peer award, $100, selected by the artists, went to Paul Eppling, metal sculpture, St. Petersburg.
At a glance
The annual Raymond James & Associates Invitational Art Show was Saturday at The Pier, St. Petersburg.