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Who Got the Prizes at the Naples National Art Festival?

Best in Show – Richard Rosen of Naples, for his clay sculpture. “His style of practical ceramics have moved into pure art in themselves,” juror Richard Tooke said. “The work he is creating now is things I’ve never seen anyone do in his medium. His work is very mature. I was looking for someone who took the 3D medium and turned it into a voice of his own, and Richard did that.” Best in 2D – Janet Rogers of Ormond Beach on Florida’s central east coast, for her watercolors. “Her work caught my eye the first time I walked through the festival,” juror Charles Marshall said. “I liked the way they looked, not structured like realism but loose, with a lot of white showing through, so the paper added to the portrait. It was very free-flowing.” Best in 3D – Angelika Kade of Naples for her marble sculpture. “Her work is rather traditional sculpture with contemporary overtones,” Tooke said. “Her work is intricate, with sculpture in stone combined with wood carving. She is a superb craftsman.” 10 awards of distinction: **Todd Cameron of Minneapolis, Minn., for glass. **John Costin of Tampa, for graphics. **Robert Hessler of Kingston, N.Y., for clay. **Patricia Karnes of Winter Park, for jewelry. **P.A. Kessler of Hilton Head, S.C., for watercolor. **Anne London of Hilliard, Ohio, for graphics. **Tim Pervinkler of Ludington, Mich., for photography. **Robbie Robins of San Francisco for sculpture. **Oswaldo Ventura of Naples for acrylic. **Jean Yao of Fort Lauderdale for fiber. Read the rest of this story at the
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Comment by Jim Parker on February 25, 2009 at 8:15pm
Interestingly, the best of show winner was mentioned on the 7AM news on one of the local tv stations. When an artist inquired later that morning of the festival staff who the other award winners were, the volunteer refused to give out that information. She said the award winners hadn't been notified yet, so they couldn't release the information. Guess the artists don't matter, but the news media does. Again, communication by the show director and volunteers regarding the load-in, load-out and other aspects of the show was less than stellar. And the bathrooms were filthy.
Comment by Connie Mettler on March 2, 2009 at 11:31am
Here is the latest post on the event, probably approved by the Naples Art League:

They report record crowds! Hope that worked for all of you.


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