First Prize Winner: Fine Art
Congratulations to Alan Hamwi for Unlikely Friends
Art is the concept, sculpture is the language and representational reference is the syntax. With bronze, stone and wood, I hope to inspire an experience as familiar as a fable and as personal as a relationship; a story without beginning or end; of abstract qualities and intangible principles celebrating the expressions of our humanity. Lost wax bronze casting is an ancient method of creation. The process begins with the mechanicals of twisting armatures and the compulsive forming of clay. Then, the piece is subjected to a series of mold-making procedures until finally the bronze is poured. The techniques of chasing metal and patination complete the visualization. Abstracts, animals or figurative works, bronze casting is at the heart of my existence as an artist.
Second Prize Winner: Fine Art
Congratulations to Linda Frost for Exile
Linda Frost was born and raised in rural Northwestern Pennsylvania surrounded by the untamed beauty of nature and wildlife. It was this very aspect of her natural surroundings that created in her sensitivity for life in all its forms. As an artist, Linda has grown in terms of her themes, concepts and mediums; however, the idea of animal testing has always insinuated lingering thoughts that evoked a sense of responsibility toward acts so merciless and appalling. She has always tried to understand the intended need for human beings to torture beings that know no bearing of pain and suffering, yet are forced to endure these very burdens behind closed laboratory doors.
Several years ago, she began a series called - The Tortured Souls - which depicts the barbaric world of animal testing and focuses on the unwilling animal subjects who suffer in the name of science. Through this series, Linda aims to bring vivisection as an issue to the forefront and hopefully generate an open discussion.
Third Prize Winner: Fine Art
Congratulations to Helen Crispino for Magnificent Majestics
Helen Crispino has spent the last several years establishing her reputation as a truly gifted contemporary fine artist. Hailing from Dalton, Helen received her primary education in the arts within Northeastern Pennsylvania including a Liberal Arts degree from Keystone College in Laplume and a degree in Painting and Illustration from Luzerne County Community College. Helen completed her training under the guidance of nationally renown realist Anthony Waichulis at The Waichulis Studio.
Helen continues to exhibit nationally and her work is sought after by many knowledgeable collectors. Across the country, from the John Pence in San Francisco, to The Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe', to the Salmagundi Club of New York, Helen's work continued to garner attention and accolades. While she continues to appear in most major art publication regularly, Helen's work recently touched upon international publication with her top honors in the U.K. Wildscape's Wildlife Painter of the Year competition.