Sunday, January 17, 2010

2010 Statewide Fine Arts Competition

My piece, "Canadian Cowgirl", in the 2010 Statewide Fine Arts Competition .

The Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Michigan, is currently exhibiting the 2010 Statewide Fine Arts Competition from January 16 to March 20, 2010.  The museum hosted a very well attended artists' reception on opening day, during which James Freeman's piece, "520 Cups: Here's Looking at You!", was awarded Best In Show.  This and some of James's other work can be seen at  or at .

The sixty pieces by Michigan artists were chosen by exhibition juror, Richard Rubenfeld.  Mr. Rubenfeld did an exceptional job developing a cohesive yet diverse exhibit, which adequately balanced subject-matter and  technique, as well as both abstract and realism.

If you happen to be in the area - or simply are experiencing a little cabin fever - the exhibit is well worth a look.

Dean Rogers of Novi, Michigan,  fellow Colored Pencil Society member, and his engaging portrait titled "Forgiven".


  1. Hope the exhibition is a success I love the piece your exhibiting. Had a look at the Gallery website...beautiful :)

  2. Congratulations, Lynda! I'd love to see Canadian Cowgirl in person - I can't get over all of the detail in the jacket.

  3. Congratulations Lynda! I wish I lived closer so I could visit the exhibition in person. Yeah for the Canadian Cowgirl! Okay, I 'm a Canadian farm girl but heck that's close right? :-) I just need the right hat! ha ha Anyway, it is a fabulous piece and congrats again.

  4. Congratulations, that is a great piece.
    Love the surfaces, your handling of the fabrics.
    A very well deserved award.

  5. Congratulations Lynda! I also wish I could stop by and see the exhibition, to see your piece in person, as well as all the other work. Great going!

  6. Lynda...

    Thanks for the mention. Just wanted to tell you that we absolutely loved your drawing. The detail, workmanship, and artistry are unbelievable.

    Some images of my piece, 520 cups, can be found on my Flickr page if anyone is curious.

    All the best.


  7. How amazing and what an honor to be among the best! Your work speaks for itself. The detail of each fold and stitching show the timely attention that you put in to it. Congratulations!

  8. Thanks everyone, for your very kind words. times I feel slightly overwhelmed by the generosity of such talented people. I feel fortunate when juried into an exhibition (it IS sooo subjective, you know - that one just never knows!), and sometimes feel in awe of the company I keep.

    Thanks so for stopping in Holly, and I hope your new studio is working wonderfully for you: I am INSANELY jealous, you know!

    James, so glad you stopped in and left your flicker site. Since your comment I have also found you online, so will post both in the body of the blog post. Good grief, practically neighbors! Wonderful piece, James.

  9. Outstanding job on this piece, Lynda. Really like it.

  10. Lynda~ Congratulations on your work and getting into this exhibition. I use colored pencils with my students to render interiors and furnishings but my skill level is nowhere near your level. I too an inspired and want to push myself harder with the Prismacolors. Isn't this the great thing about blogging?-seeing other artists' works? And getting fired up about making art?!