SHELBY TOWNSHIP – The Shelby Township Fine Art Society announced the first, second and third place winners at the 2022 Shelby Township Fine Art Society Library Show earlier this month.
In addition to the top three, Christina Haylett, who judged the show, awarded three honorable mentions. She told the artists that it was an honor to judge the show and that she wished she could give more awards.
Artist Tony Warren won first place for his watercolor Shore House. He said his painting was inspired by a US Coast Guard station he saw while visiting the shores of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula.
“It’s a stylistic interpretation of the scenic Superior Coast,” he said. He has a lifelong interest in marine art.
Diane Radke won second place for “Ring My Bell.” Radke said “Ring My Bell” is 100% colored pencil and the theme is based on the bells she got after her open-heart surgery.
“One bell didn’t have a clapper attached, so I couldn’t ring for help. I have worked with crayons for over 25 years because they are portable, have a variety of creative uses, and can be mixed and matched. This image required many layers of different shades of black on the white paper to become the solid black but still allow for the application of the lighter colors in the bells. My artwork has won many awards and has been judged in local, regional and national exhibitions. I’ve been teaching crayon for over 20 years and I still teach workshops regularly,” she said.
Catherine Lawrence’s “Balustrade” won third place on the show. The artwork has its origins in a photograph she took during a visit to the Michigan Capitol.
“I was fascinated by the structure of the staircase as I am naturally drawn to architecture and geometric shapes and structures which influence most of my artwork. Balustrade is known as a monotype because it is painted directly onto a panel and the painted or drawn surface is transferred to paper, creating a unique (mono)image,” she said.
The three honorable mentions went to Matt Bommarito for Wally’s Garage, Sara Katsavrias for Beach on Anna Maria and Bea Allebone for Never Forget.
Bommarito said he was inspired for “Wally’s Garage” on a trip to Mount Airy, North Carolina, where he spent the day visiting the Andy Griffith Museum and taking photos. Bommarito said he’s always loved and been interested in “The Andy Griffith Show,” set in the fictional town of Mayberry, which is based on Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy.
“Wally’s Garage” is an oil painting, while “Beach on Anna Maria” and “Never Forget” are acrylic paintings. The show ended on November 22nd.