Atlantic Center for the Arts Announces 2017 IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts Award Winners

The work of 240 artists from 28 states and Canada was presented at the 41st 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 48,000 in New Smyrna Beach.

“I very much enjoyed the experience of serving as co-judge along with Cecily Cullen, for the 41st Annual IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts,” said Bruce Hoffman of Philadelphia. “There was an outstanding variety of work in all medium, which to me makes for an enjoyable, well rounded festival.  The staff and volunteers at Atlantic Center for the Arts were so lovely, knowledgeable and welcoming.”

Judge Cecily Cullen said, “Many thanks to the IMAGES Festival for inviting me to participate as a judge. It is a labor of love to be immersed in the creative work of artists and to spend the weekend with so many engaging people including the staff, volunteers and my judging partner.”

IMAGES is supported by the County of Volusia, City of New Smyrna Beach, New Smyrna Beach Resort Area, Spectrum Reach, Boston Whaler, Ocean Properties, Mullinax Ford, Bert Fish Medical Center, Florida Hospital, TD Bank, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Oceanwalk and Riverwalk Condominiums, New Smyrna Beach Brewery, 90.7 WMFE – Public Radio, All American Gutter Protection, Bath Fitters, Daytona Beverages, The Hub on Canal, The Solar Guys, The Spa at Venetian Bay, and Yellow Dog Eats.

Atlantic Center for the Arts Co-Executive Director Nancy Lowden Norman said, “IMAGES is an extremely competitive Festival to be juried into, and this year’s artists reflected such high quality work. Community support for the Festival is incredible, from our sponsors to our Patrons Program. This year, we had over 230 Patrons pre-commit to spending money on art at the Festival. We’re proud to be part of a community that values and supports the arts.”

IMAGES Chair Denise Crutchfield announced the 2017 IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts award winners:

ACA VOLUNTEER LEAGUE BEST OF SHOW AWARD ($6,000)

  • David David Figueroa / Sculpture / Sanford, FL / Booth 78

GEORGE AND JUNE MUSSON AWARD ($3,500)

  • Janet and Jay O’Rourke/ Wood/ Cocoa, FL / Booth 13

MONA BREWER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE ($2,500)

  • Patricia Karnes / Jewelry / Winter Park, FL / Booth 27

JIM MCNAMARA AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY ($1,500)

  • Jay Canterbury / Photography / Holmes Beach, FL / Booth 73

AWARD OF DISTINCTION (4) $800

  • Birgit Kupka-Peyla / Jewelry / Salinas, CA / Booth 41
  • Erika Mock / Fiber / Duluth, MN / Booth 14
  • Beth Garcia / Sculpture / Lakeland, FL / Booth 32
  • Patrick Dragon / Ceramics / Lakeland, FL / Booth 56

AWARD OF COMMENDATION (6) $600

  • Vicki Jones / Drawing and Graphics/ Belle Isle, FL / Booth 21
  • Claudia Melchiorre / Jewelry / Cape Canaveral, FL / Booth 43
  • Tim Ludwig / Ceramics / DeLand, FL / Booth 24
  • Ummarid Eitharong / Painting / Orlando, FL / Booth 61 C
  • John Mascoll / Wood / Safety Harbor, FL / Booth 82
  • Jessica Ladd / Mixed Media / Cookeville, TN / Booth 98

JUDGES’ CHOICE (5) $400

  • Jim and Mariann Wilshire / Painting / Roswell, GA / Booth 35
  • Ed Myers / Digital Art / Lake Mary, FL / Booth 4
  • Wiwat Kamolpornwijit / Jewelry / Alexandria, VA /Booth 34
  • Sara Parker and Simon Hunt / Fiber / Athens, GA / Booth 154
  • Christian Nevin / Jewelry / Apopka, FL / Booth 155

AWARD OF MERIT (12) $350

  • Phil Parker / Mixed Media / Flagler Beach, FL / Booth 23
  • Robert Ross / Painting / Winter Park, FL / Booth 37
  • Russell Grace and Angela Cullmann / Photography / Elkhorn, WI / Booth 130
  • Steven Howell / Mixed Media /Gainesville, FL / Booth 31
  • Marilyn Vaillancourt / Jewelry / Weeki Wachee, FL / Booth 201
  • Michael and Nurit Asher Vagner / Jewelry / Eugene, OR / Booth 91
  • Joyce McAdams / Mixed Media / Edgewater, FL / Booth 119
  • Jim Norton / Jewelry / Athens, GA / Booth 138
  • Bill Kidd / Ceramics / Miramar, FL / Booth 105
  • Ronna Katz / Painting / Albuquerque, NM / Booth 157
  • Michele Throne and Dan Schaufele / Jewelry / Lyons, CO / Booth 10
  • Jeff Eckert / Drawing and Graphics / Tampa, FL / Booth 57

AWARD OF HONOR (6) $300

  • Leigh Griffin / Jewelry / Atlanta, GA / Booth 159
  • Copper Tritscheller / Sculpture / New Smyrna Beach / Booth 216
  • Collin Margerum / Drawing and Graphics / Winter Springs, FL / Booth 222
  • Amy Lansburg / Mixed Media / Valdosta, GA / Booth 114
  • Kim Coy / Jewelry / Casselberry, FL / Booth 64
  • Gary Curtis / Painting / Woodstock, GA / Booth 58