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IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts 2014 Award Winners

The work of 225 artists from 29 states and Canada was presented at the 38th annual IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts over the weekend. A juried fine art festival known as one of the top shows in the Southeast, IMAGES, presented by Atlantic Center for the Arts, drew a huge crowd of over 44,000 in New Smyrna Beach.

“Being from out of the area, it was refreshing to see so many artists using innovative techniques and interesting concepts,” said judge Ray Azcuy of Miami. “The quality of the work at this festival is one of the best in the Southeast. It is a pleasure to see a community that is supportive of the artists, and amazing to see how sales were supported through the general public and the Patrons Program. I applaud Atlantic Center for the Arts in its efforts to support working artists.”

Atlantic Center for the Arts Co-Executive Director Nancy Lowden Norman said, “IMAGES has one of the strongest Patrons Programs in the state. This year, we had over 220 Patrons (a 35% increase over 2013) pre-commit to spending money on art at the Festival. This translates into over $100,000 in sales by our Patrons. This is a program we build to support EVERY ARTIST who participates in the Festival. We strive to enhance the Patrons Program every year, to show our community’s support for the amazing work these artists do.”

IMAGES is supported by the County of Volusia, City of New Smyrna Beach, New Smyrna Beach Resort Area, New Smyrna Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, Brighthouse Networks, Brown & Brown Insurance, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Publix Supermarket Charities, Cigar City Brewing and the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs.

Judge Jennifer Coolidge said “IMAGES this year was challenging to judge because of the diversity and excellence of the work. It’s always a privilege to review the results of artists taking risks in work that is presented to the public… this is a very difficult thing to do for the artists, and I really respected that.”

Chair Laura Beckwith announced the 2014 IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts award winners:

Best of Show ($5,000 award):
Phil Parker / Flagler Beach, FL / Mixed-Media

George and June Musson Award ($2,500):
Tim Ludwig / DeLand, FL / Ceramics

Award of Excellence ($1,500):
Tony Eitharong / DeLand, FL / Mixed-Media

AWARDS OF DISTINCTION ($800 award):
Fong Choo / Louisville, KY / Ceramics
Otis Andrew / East Jordan, MI / Ceramics
David David Figueroa / Sculpture /Sanford, FL
Carol Elder Napoli / New Smyrna Beach, FL / Painting

AWARD OF COMMENDATION ($500 Award)
Lori Jenkins / Melbourne, FL / Painting
Laurie Coppedge / Jacksonville, FL / Photography
Patricia Karnes / Winter Park, FL / Jewelry
Jay Canterbury / Holmes Beach, FL / Photography
Joyce McAdams / Edgewater, FL / Mixed-Media
Titane Laurent / Ormond Beach, FL / Painting

JUDGES CHOICE ($350 Award)
Paul Shatz / Charleston, SC / Photography
Fred Tate / Austin, TX / Jewelry
Michael Nemnich / Indiatlantic, FL / Drawing & Graphics
Carmen Lagos / Jupiter, FL / Painting
Marc and Wendy Zoschke / Springfield, IL / Jewelry

AWARD OF MERIT ($250 Award)
Jack Hill / DeLand, FL / Sculpture
Walter Arnold /Hendersonville, NC / Photography
Brad Kelly / Winder, GA / Photography
Leslie Aubrey / Plant City, FL / Ceramics
Michele LeVett / Durham, NC / Jewelry
Charles Hazelaar / Cape Canaveral, FL
Michael Vagner / Eugene, OR / Jewelry
John Margerum / Oviedo, FL / Digital Art
Marius Moore / Gulfport, FL / Photography
Gustavo Castillo / Jupiter, FL / Painting
Eddie Myers / Lake Mary, FL / Digital Art
Katherine Mathisen / Ocoee, FL / Sculpture

AWARD OF HONOR ($200 Award)
Jinsong and Carol Kim / Mims, FL / Ceramics
Steven Hardock / New Smyrna Beach, FL / Painting
Heather Krick / Orlando, FL / Photography
Jan Peng Wang / Markham, Ontario, Canada / Painting
Judith Wood / West Palm Beach, FL / Fine Crafts
Michael Weber / Port St. Lucie, FL / Painting