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Prizewinners: 2014 Winter Park, FL, Sidewalk Art Festival

(Winter Park, FL) - Today out of the 225 juried fine artists at The 55th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, 63 were presented cash awards totaling $72,500.  Attached is the list of all winners.  Large award winners include:

•   “Best of Show” – Winner: Matthew Cornell of Orlando, FL - painting “Open Sea” (a $10,000 purchase award. The Festival purchases the Best of Show art and donates it to the City of Winter Park’s Best of Show collection.)  (Photo by Chip Weston, sustaining member)

•   “Art of Philanthropy Award”- Winner:  Steven Olszewski of Pinckney, MI – clay “Meditation” (a $5,000 purchase award funded by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation.)  Pictured:  David Odahowski (left), President of Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and Steven Olszewski (right), award recipient. (Photo by Chip Weston, sustaining member)


•  “Award for a Distinguished Work of Art” – Winner: Aaron Hequembourg of Monticello, GA – mixed media “Thirst” (a $2,500 presented by the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.)  Pictured:  Catherine Hinman, Director of Public Affairs and Publications at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art; Aaron Hequembourg, award recipient and Alice Moulton, President of The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival.  (Photo by Chip Weston, sustaining member)

The other 60 awards include 10 Awards of Excellence at $2,000 each; 20 Awards of Distinction at $1,000 each and 30 Awards of Merit at $500 each.

Award List:

Best of Show: Matthew Cornell, Painting
Art of Philanthropy: Steven Olszewski, sculpture
Distinguished Work of Art: Aaron Hequembourg, Mixed media

10 Awards of Excellence at $2000

Richard Auger, Photography
Edson Campos, Drawings & Pastels
Carolina Cleere, Mixed Media
Richard Currier, Painting
Robert Farrell, Metal
Samantha Freeman, Jewelry
Cali Hobgood, Photography
John Whipple, Sculpture
Yu Zhou, Painting

20 Awards of Distinction at $1000

Stephen Bach, Painting
James Barnes, Wood
David Burton, Mixed Media
John Costin, Graphics & Printmaking
Sana & Munir Doumet, Jewelry
Charles Gatewood, Painting
Tim Hooper, Painting
William Kidd, Clay
Birgit Kupke-Peyla, Jewelry
Claire Malloy, Drawings & Pastels
Trent Manning, Sculpture
Andrew Mosedale, Digital Art
Lance & Vicki Munn, Wood
Amanda Murphy, Photography
Luke Proctor, Metal
Mikel Robinson, Photography
John & Carolyn Ruff, Jewelry
Michael Weber, Painting
Lynn Whipple, Mixed Media
Russell Yerkes, Watercolor

30 Awards of Merit at $500

Kathrine Allen-Coleman, Mixed Media
John & Erin Blackwell, Glass
Chris Bruno, Mixed Media
Paveen Chunhaswasdikul, Clay
Michael Paul Cole, Photography
Candiss Cole-Footitt & Roger Footitt, Fiber
Thomas Dumke, Wood
Randy Eckard, Watercolor
Jeff Eckert, Graphics & Printmaking
David Hunter, Graphics & Printmaking
Amy Flynn, Mixed Media
Matthew Hatala, Wood
John Herbon, Clay
Aletha Jones, Watercolor
Olive Kraus, Mixed Media
William Lemke, Photography
Lynn Libby, Drawings & Pastels
Michael Madzo, Mixed Media
Toby McGee, Glass
Stephen Noggle, Wood
Leslie Peebles, Graphics & Printmaking
Bruce Peeso, Painting
John Petrey, Sculpture
Daniel Powers, Photography
Greg Roche, Leather
Stephen Sebastain, Graphics & Printmaking
Andy Smith, Clay
Warner Whitfield, Glass
A.B. Wood & Barry Lynn Bryant, Drawings & Pastels

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Comment by Connie Mettler on April 7, 2014 at 10:49am

Thanks for that info. I'm pretty surprised at that big an increase in size. More investigation coming up ... ;)

Comment by Gloria Danvers on April 5, 2014 at 12:22pm

Hi Connie, I checked the stats and was amazed to see that in 2013 Winter Park featured 150 artists, but in 2014 featured 275 Artists. That is quite a jump.....adding 125 artists. I feel that it does impact an Artist's projected earnings by adding so many more. That being said, it is possible that I would not have made the cut at 150, still, I think 275 is too many for that area.

Comment by Connie Mettler on March 30, 2014 at 7:57pm

I doubt they added exhibitors. This is a solid show, an all volunteer committee, that is very unlikely to do such a thing. You've got great work, Gloria. Glad to hear it was good for you.

There is only so much an event can do to get people to buy work. The WPSAF does an excellent job with PR and it is distressing to hear when people do not do well. You want everyone to do well. When I was running shows it was so hard not to see everyone selling.

Comment by Gloria Danvers on March 28, 2014 at 7:37pm

Winter Park was great! I was told that the show had added quite a few Artists, and many of the Artists I spoke to said sales were down considerably. As I was a first time exhibitor, I had no frame of reference....looking forward to next year.

Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on March 25, 2014 at 10:37pm

I'll just say I'm looking forward to next year. WOOHOO!

Comment by Connie Mettler on March 25, 2014 at 9:08pm

Did I make all those errors with your names? or was that the way they were on the list the WP folks sent me? Whichever -- many apologies.

Bet you are happy to be in Pensacola and enjoying a few days off. Got anything to add about WP?

Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on March 25, 2014 at 4:44pm

I mean we set up the show Friday morning, not Saturday.

Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on March 25, 2014 at 4:42pm

Here I is! Thanks for the recognition. WOOHOO!


Barrie (ie instead of y) Lynn Bryant and my wife, A.B. Word (not Wood).


I went out and met Jim Parker and his wife as well. Great folks!


We're at Pensacola now to do Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts. So we have three days of much needed R&R. We're exhausted after traveling from Wyoming to Winter Park (2,174 miles) and then setting up the show at 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning since we were on Park Avenue.

Comment by Connie Mettler on March 25, 2014 at 9:55am

Yes! and I see some of our members on this list. Congrats to Barry Lynn Bryant, a frequent contributor and lots of other folks.

Here is another story about the top winner:

Comment by Christina L. Towell on March 25, 2014 at 9:07am

Congratulations to all the winners, pretty sweet!

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