Our fourth Art competition “Artist's Choice” started in June 2023 and concluded on July 13, 2023. Art Room Gallery received entries from many countries around the world: Sweden, USA, Canada, France, Taiwan, UK, Hong Kong, Austria, Australia, Taiwan and Italy. The Artist's Choice theme in this competition included a diversity in types, styles and mediums (oil on canvas, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, aquarell, graphite, digital art, photography). The following evaluation criteria has been used for judging the artwork: creativity, interpretation of the theme, originality and quality of art, overall design, demonstration of artistic ability, and usage of medium. Jury decided to select 51 artworks for inclusion in the exhibition. Aside from First, Second, and Third place Jury also presented Merit awards and Honorable Mention awards.
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Cher Pruys, ASAA SCA, IGOR, AAPL, CSAA, AMS, LMS, OSA, MAA, CFA, NOAPS, PSOA, AWA., AAOA. "To take my inner visions with my hands and create a work of art for you the viewer .... That is the ultimate in self expression." Cher Pruys was born in Regina. Over the years she lived in many places including Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Fort Frances, settling into her present home in Devlin, on the banks of the Rainy River with her husband Mark, 4 dogs and 2 cats. By age three, Cher was seldom found without a drawing tool in hand. She worked in pencil, charcoal and ink over the years, until, she picked up a paintbrush at the age of 35. Beginning with oil paints, she found her chosen mediums in acrylic, water color and gouache. Although self taught, her dedication and talent has seen her work juried into 302 International exhibits, as well as exhibits in numerous non juried shows. She has won 359 awards for her work in the International Juried Exhibits. Her work has graced the covers of 3 books, 33 magazines, including The Best Of Acrylic Fall 2021, cover of the May 2022 Arabella Magazine, & the latest the covers of #20 Hyperrealism Magazine with “Girls Girls Girls”, & #21 with “The Young Cowboy”. She has been featured in over 211 International publications. Cher's works have found a permanent home in private and public collections worldwide.
Linda McCord works in most of the two-dimensional mediums and does a vast array of subject matter. McCord is one of the rare artists that does realism as well as abstracts. She loves challenges and when a medium or subject becomes too easy, she moves on to a new medium or sets up more complex compositions. She was a gallery owner for 10 years, and taught painting and printmaking at her local college. Although self-taught, she has taken international awards too numerous to list, and her art is in the collection of museums, churches, hospitals, and colleges. She is a signature member of International Society of Acrylic Painters, Northwest Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society and California Watercolor Association. McCord says, “I design my art around mathematical concepts rather than emotion.” Statement: I love light and shadow and the way the light forms to make various shapes. It is these shapes that I focus on in my work. I repeat the positive shapes in the negative areas while trying to create a sense of rhythm. I love color, but value is more important to me. Contrast of any type excites me. With all my work that involves color, I prefer to use transparent layers rather than direct application. Each work in progress is magical and exciting and sometimes even frustrating, but never boring, and always addictive. I love being an artist.
Andrea Shearing was born in Manchester, UK before moving to Switzerland where she lived between the age of seven to sixteen. On returning to UK she lived and did her first year at Art School in East Sussex before completing four more years training in Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art 50 years later she has returned to East Sussex and lives in a small feudal village, nestled in the South Downs by the coast. Finding the meaning and the link between the inner and the outer world is key to everything which inspires her. Without this there is nothing to communicate that will touch other people's spirit. Andrea has found that interpreting nature is the best vehicle for me to achieve this. Her mission explores the emotional symbolism of her subject matter. She wants her work to help people find an inner sense of peace and connection with nature's energy. My deep ambition and hope is that my work can ease the wounds of living, through inducing calm and peaceful reflection. Andrea works in acrylic which is more suitable for laying flat areas of paint and as she prefers the challenge of composing in irregular shapes so works on MDF. She also has a passion for drawing and uses the complete range of graphite pencils and graphite powder. She exhibits regularly in UK, Europe and USA. Some years ago I won a solo exhibition on the theme of H2O in London and am currently working towards a summer exhibition on the coast between Newhaven and Beachy head in East Sussex and later another on the Downlands and the Sea.