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National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society Exhibit 2001
Liz Todd's Mariko, a 36 x 24" oil on linen took "Best of Show" at the National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society Exhibit 2001 fine art competition. Said the Loveland, Colorado artist, "Mari --- the real Mariko --- is an extremely talented, very special young lady who instantly touched my 'artist's soul.' The process of capturing her essence on canvas was a magical experience for me. It is an honor to receive such a distinguished award for this love-motivated endeavor."
Adding to the "magical experience" was the NOAPSociety Founders Endowment $1,500 cash prize offered to this winner of the prestigious international competition. "Over 650 worldwide entries were reviewed for the juried contest, which was open to artists generating original paintings in either oil or acrylic media. The works of art were judged by a panel of jurors who awarded exhibition to only 64 artists," stated Mary Kowalski Pope, Executive Director of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society. "The works were selected on the basis of quality and individual artist's mastery and expression without inclination toward a particular style, school, or painting technique."
After the preliminary round, the accepted paintings were presented to a second panel headed by award judge Kevin Warren Smith, Coordinator of Program Development and Education Curator of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who remarked, "A painting should demonstrate much more than a mastery of craft in order to receive special recognition. Awards given in a prestigious exhibition of this caliber must acknowledge ingenuity, originality and courage." He went on to explain, "Courageous effort can transform technique, dramatically overcome compositional challenges, breathe new life into age-old themes, and transcend status quo without alienating an audience. Award winning art reminds us that the best painters are dedicated observers who faithfully communicate through art that which can not adequately be spoken or written."
The awards were announced at various receptions held during the exhibit at Columbia College Lake Campus. The competition brought together representatives from 46 states and 3 foreign countries.
The total prize amount, including purchase awards, is to date estimated to be over $17,000.00 Electronic images of the winning paintings can soon be viewed via internet at http://www.noaps.org/
NOAPSociety President James R. Baumgartner, President and CEO of 54 Foods Inc., commented, "The NOAPSociety is delighted to introduce a second decade of world-class works of art to our international and local art community. The amazement and delight evident on the faces of the viewers as they attempt to contain the visual impact of the exhibit brings contentment and a sense of purpose to those of us at the Society who prepare and present this event. The works of art represent a variety of talent, not only from the artists themselves, but from the body of energy each represents: the vibrant capture of emotion, the profound choice of subject matter, the technical expertise from whence these works are crafted, and the ever-important message which is conveyed to art appreciators."
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