Atlantic Center for the Arts Announces 2018 IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts Award Winners

The work of 240 artists from 28 states and Canada was presented at the 42nd Annual IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts over the weekend. A juried fine art festival, IMAGES, presented by Atlantic Center for the Arts, drew a huge crowd of over 48,000 in New Smyrna Beach.

“IMAGES was ranked the 39th Top Fine Art Festival in the Nation by Sunshine Artist magazine in 2017, a designation we were proud to receive,” said Atlantic Center for the Arts Executive Director Nancy Lowden Norman.  “It is reflective of the quality of artists selected for the Festival, as well as the commitment from our Patrons and Sponsors. We’re proud to be part of a community that values and supports the arts.”

IMAGES is supported by the Country of Volusia, City of New Smyrna Beach, Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority, Visit Florida, Boston Whaler, Florida Hospital, NSB Homes, Daytona Beach News Journal, Bath Fitter, Oceanwalk and Riverwalk Condominiums, Mullinax Ford, Old Town Discovery Center, Yellow Dog Eats, The HUB on Canal, and Culture Builds Florida.

“I appreciate sharing in the camaraderie and excitement the artists have for describing their work,” said Judge Danyl Cook of Denver. “Art can be so personal, it’s so exciting to see an artist make something with such care that is going to a patron who connects with that creation.”

Judge Jean Marie DeSpeigler of Largo said, “The originality provided us with a very dynamic show, and it was a hard decision.”

IMAGES Chair Denise Crutchfield announced the 2018 IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts award winners:

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

  • Marilyn Vaillancourt / Jewelry / Weeki Wachee, FL / Booth 9

Best of show booth 9

GEORGE AND JUNE MUSSON AWARD ($3,500)

  • Clovis Rusk / Painting / Brooksville, FL / Booth 167

167 musson award 3500

MONA BREWER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE ($2,500)

  • Christian Nevin / Jewelry / Apopka, FL / Booth 155

Mona brewer award booth 155 2500

JIM MCNAMARA AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY ($1,500)

  • Eugene Bauer / Photography / St. Peters, MO / Booth 228

Betty mac award booth 228

AWARD OF DISTINCTION (4) $800

  • Lori Jenkins / Painting / Melbourne, FL / Booth 49
  • Jeff Eckert / Drawing and Graphics / Tampa, FL / Booth 54
  • Ken Orton / Painting / Venice, FL / Booth 60
  • Mina Heuslein / Ceramics / Port Orange, FL / Booth 200

AWARD OF COMMENDATION (6) $600

  • Richard Currier / Painting / Micco, FL / Booth 108
  • Michael Vagner / Jewelry / Eugene, OR / Booth 92
  • Lynn Fisher / Ceramics / Bellaire, MI / Booth 138
  • Sandy Lent / Glass / Lake Mary, FL / Booth 109
  • Copper Tritscheller / Sculpture / New Smyrna Beach, FL / Booth 219
  • Teresa Merriman / Fine Crafts / Westcliffe, CO / Booth 172

JUDGES’ CHOICE (5) $400

  • Ken Jensen / Ceramics / St. Augustine, FL / Booth 182
  • Danny O’Driscoll / Painting / Batesburg, SC / Booth 192
  • Laird Myer  / Digital Art / Ponte Vedre Beach, FL / Booth 8
  • Kevin Lohse / Mixed Media / Dawson, MN / Booth 117
  • Jason Stoddart / Photography / Cookeville, TN / Booth 201

AWARD OF MERIT (12) $350

  • Bill and Jon Slade / Glass / Jacksonville, FL / Booth 4
  • Rollin Karg / Glass / Kechi, KS / Booth 169
  • Brian Horan / Digital Art / Lagrange Park, IL / Booth 221
  • William Alburger / Wood / Barto, PA / Booth 240
  • John Leben / Digital Art / Saugatuck, MI / Booth 116
  • Julie Berndt / Ceramics / Dawson, MN / Booth 118
  • Walter Arnold / Photography / Hendersonville, NC / Booth 142
  • Mark and Lee-Etta Van de Bogart / Jewelry / Bronson, FL / Booth 150
  • Sharon Tesser / Fine Crafts / Louisville, KY / Booth 206
  • John Mascoll / Wood / Safety Harbor, FL / Booth 82
  • Laurel and Michael Davern / Jewelry / Lancaster, NY / Booth 218
  • Igor Menaker / Photography / Grayslake, IL / Booth 147

AWARD OF HONOR (6) $300

  • Phil Parker / Mixed Media / Flagler Beach, FL / Booth 23 (Not pictured)
  • Michael Bryant / Photography / Atlanta, GA / Booth 60D
  • Steve Edgaar / Leather / Tallahassee, FL / Booth 141
  • Shawn Thomas / Leather / Belton, TX / Booth 229
  • Don and Serena David / Jewelry / Palm Coast, FL / Booth 232
  • Joyce McAdams / Mixed Media / Edgewater, FL / Booth 119