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# 1 PRIZE WINNER AT OHIO VALLEY ART LEAGUE’S 14th BIENNIAL
KENTUCKY NATIONAL WILDLIFE ART EXHIBITION - OCTOBER, 2022
PRESTON ARTS CENTER, HENDERSON, KENTUCKY
  

It was an exciting day for Linda when she was notified that her painting Golden Hour was chosen for the Number One Award at this year’s Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibition by juror Marie McGhee, Director of the Art Institute at the Sonora Desert Museum. Out of hundreds of submissions, only 59 pieces were juried into this biennial event, and Linda is delighted that her painting of an Eastern Chipmunk garnered top honors. Rather than awards given in order of 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place, they represent contributing supporters by a chosen name and dollar amount.

This year’s top award, the Ronald David Smith Memorial Award, was presented by the Ronald Smith Family in the amount of a $2,000 contribution in support of the arts and Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibition. While the awards were presented in October, the show will continue online and in person through November 29th.

To see the show click this LINK and scroll down. For in person visitation information, please visit Linda’s Events page.



WINGED THINGS - AUGUST 4 - DECEMBER 31, 2022
SOCIETY OF ANIMAL ARTISTS, A SPECIAL ONLINE EXHIBITION
 

Barnyard Birdies is among the 71 other pieces that were juried into the Society of Animal Artists Special Online Exhibition of anything with wings. This international show is not only about birds, but includes mammals, insects, and even lizards. You will find this stunning fine art collection to be an interesting and diverse display of any winged thing you can imagine. Click this link to go to the exhibition.



PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD - JULY 2022
HEARTLAND ART GUILD, 17th INTERNATIONAL MINIATURE
PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE ART SHOW, PAOLA, KANSAS

 


Unfortunately this painting didn’t sell at Heartland Art Guild’s miniature art show, but when Linda opened the returned artwork box, she surprisingly discovered a yellow ribbon inside. Unbeknownst to her, she had received the People’s Choice Award for Butterfly Kisses!

Do you remember enjoying the beauty of many monarch butterflies as a child? Nowadays you would be hard pressed to see just one. The migratory monarch butterfly has recently been classified as “Endangered,” and now appears on the Red List of Endangered Species by the Union for Conservation of Nature. Between climate change and deforestation, the species of Monarch butterflies is teetering on extinction. What can you do to help this species along? Plant milkweed! Milkweed is not only the food of choice for Monarch caterpillars, it is the only plant where this butterfly will lay its eggs.



FIRST PLACE AWARD - JULY 2022
PARKLANE GALLERY, 30TH INTERNATIONAL MINIATURE ART SHOW,
KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON

 

There’s nothing more relaxing than watching the sun come up over a dew-laden cow pasture, while at the same time filling your senses with the fragrance of blooming trees and clover. This was the experience Linda had while on her way to her studio one morning, and there was no question that she needed to paint this special moment while it was still fresh in her mind. She worked tirelessly for days on end in order to meet the deadline for Parklane Gallery’s Annual International Miniature Art Show. And she’s sure glad she did, because not only did Morning Light win First Place, but it was one of the first pieces to sell on opening day!


BEST OIL/ACRYLIC AWARD - MAY 2022
SEASIDE ART GALLERY INTERNATIONAL MINIATURE ART SHOW, NAGS HEAD, NORTH CAROLINA
 

This year marked the 30th anniversary for Seaside Art Gallery’s annual miniature art show. Submissions came from across the United States and Canada, Europe, United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, and Australia, making a total of 350 tiny treasures that filled the walls of the gallery with their charm. For a judge to choose just 16 outstanding pieces for awards from this amount of entries is not an easy task. But Linda’s painting Pond Dweller was among the works selected for this honor and was presented with the Best Oil/Acrylic Award.



THIRD BEST IN SHOW - MARCH 2022
SPANISH MOSS 13TH JURIED MINIATURE FINE ARTS SHOW, MOBILE, ALABAMA
 

Imagine Linda’s surprise and delight when she was informed that her miniature Dune Walker, had been awarded Third Best in Show at the Spanish Moss Miniature Fine Arts Show, held in March in Mobile, Alabama. When entered in a miniature art show, miniature paintings are usually restricted to similarly small-sized mats and frames. AMAS’s Spanish Moss exhibition puts a new twist on the matter with its lack of frame restrictions, allowing for larger mats and frames to better spotlight the miniature paintings. Although the painting must be no larger than 25 square inches, the frame can measure up to 90 square inches.

When judging an art show, the quality, composition and use of the media is paramount: however, should there be a tie, judges will often consider the presentation of the entire package before the award is given. For this painting of a Mourning Dove ambling along the sands of a dune, Linda's frame choice reflects that of bleached driftwood. The mats mirror the warm sand and the dusty blue of the dove’s wings. Dune Walker may be tiny, but it's overall presentation is a big, bold and elegant award winner!


PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, MINIATURES IN MARIPOSA — MARCH 2022
SIERRA ARTISTS GALLERY, MARIPOSA, CALIFORNIA
 

When an artwork is judged as an award winner that’s one thing. But when the public has the opportunity to select their favorite piece in a show, it is the highest compliment an artist can receive. Butterfly Kisses was voted as the favorite by people who visited The Elizabeth Specht Memorial Miniatures in Mariposa’s annual show.


The miniature painting depicts an endangered Monarch butterfly sipping nectar from a vibrant tithonia flower. Also known as a Mexican sunflower, tithonia thrive in the Southwest and during hot weather periods if planted in the North. This, along with the greenery of the piece makes it the perfect welcome to spring. The visiting public of Mariposa’s show must agree because it brought home the People’s Choice Award.



FIRST PLACE FOR INTERIOR OR STILL LIFE — JANUARY 2022
MINIATURE ART SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
 

Linda often paints images of movement, from vast landscapes with rippled water to animals with wind blowing through their fur. As a result, painting a still life for Linda is rare, so you can imagine her surprise when she learned she had won First Place for Interior or Still Life for Odd Man Out at the 47th Annual Show of the Miniature Art Society of Florida. This is one of the largest miniature shows in America where the number of artworks on display average in the 700s. This year there were 25 categories and 50 awards given. For Linda, to be among these prize winners was truly an honor indeed for a subject she seldom paints!

“This little painting came about when my husband walked into our kitchen with his mother’s old enamel colander filled with cucumbers and one tomato. I couldn't resist immediately setting things up on an antique drop leaf table in our hall where the light was gently illuminating its surface. Not quite knowing where to place the tomato I just put it down and walked away to retrieve my camera. When I returned I thought, hmmm, that tomato is the odd man out, hence this painting’s title.” LR


AMERICANA AWARD — NOVEMBER 2021
Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC
 

In November of 2021, MPSGS held their 88th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature at the beautiful Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland. There are six top awards determined on each pieces ability to use creativity, the overall concept, execution, technique, and composition. Among these, one award honors the painting which best captures the American spirit. Linda was delighted to receive the Cider Painters of America Americana Award for her Flying High portrait of a majestic Bald Eagle.


In the words of judge, Carol Lee Thompson, “you can’t get more America than this.” Linda’s inspiration for the painting comes from her own backyard as she explains, “Our lake, Lake Hopatcong, is the largest freshwater body in New Jersey with 45 miles of shoreline. Over a period of the last ten years, at least four nesting pairs of Bald Eagles have moved in and these magnificent raptors often fish in my backyard. With an impressive wing span of 5 to 7 feet, eagles are truly a sight to behold.”



FIRST PLACE FOR ACRYLICS — NOVEMBER 2021
Cider Painters of America, Mainstreet Galleries, Kingston, PA
 


Due to scheduling issues, Linda was only able to enter one painting in Cider Painters of America 38th Annual International Exhibit of Miniature Fine Art. But sometimes all it takes is just one entry to be recognized as a prize winner. CPA has many categories for awards, but to receive “best” for any media is a top honor. When this year's judge was presented with all of the paintings in the acrylic category, the judge immediately gravitated to Linda’s Autumn in the Barrens. Linda's skillful and delicate handling of this often unyielding medium unquestionably deserved the Best of Acrylics award.



HONORABLE MENTION AWARD — OCTOBER 2021
Council For The Arts, Chambersburg, PA
 

The Council’s Miniature Art exhibition started in 1984 by gallery owner Becky Dietrich at “A Little Gallery” in Mont Alto, Pennsylvania. The annual exhibit was graciously passed onto the Council For The Arts in 1996 when its popularity caused it to outgrow its original gallery space. Since that time, the show has grown significantly with the number of submitting artists increasing each year. With 190 beautiful tiny works on display, from more than 300 entries, Linda feels quite honored to not only have had all of her submissions accepted, but doubly honored to have Swing King singled out for an Honorable Mention award.


AN AWARD OF MERIT — SEPTEMBER 2021
Mountainside Art Guild, Lakewood, CO
 

Being recognized for any award is always an honor, no matter how large or small a show may be. The number of prizes given are usually based on the size of an exhibition. In other words, the smaller the show, the fewer the awards. Mountainside Art Guild’s 17th annual miniature exhibition held at the Lakewoods Art Center, was one of the smaller shows with just 100 works juried in for display. So you can imagine the warm and fuzzy feeling Linda got when it was announced that out of only eight prizes, a Merit Award was given to I Love You Man.




HONORABLE MENTION AWARD — JULY 2021
Heartland Art Guild, Paola, KS
 

Good things come in small packages, and such was the case at the 16th annual Hearland Art Guild International Miniature Painting and Sculpture Show held at the Miami County Historical Museum in Paola, Kansas. Show entries from 65 artists came from all across the United States, as well as Wales, Australia and South Africa. Out of the 204 miniatures on display, Linda was very pleasantly surprised when she received notice that Bright Eyes was recognized with an Honorable Mention award!

This is what the judge, Donna Yeager said about Linda’s painting: Bright Eyes is an exquisite acrylic painting. With the expert skill of the artist, you can almost feel the softness of the fur. Her use of cropping creates an intimacy and importance to the cat, which gives this piece a unique composition. Linda’s handling of edges and variety of colors, adding to the strong drawing, was done expertly.


FIRST PLACE AWARD FOR ANIMALS — MAY 2021
Seaside Art Gallery, Nags Head, NC
 

Linda received notice that her miniature painting of an expressive pug, No Way! won First Place for Animals at Seaside Art Gallery’s 30th International Miniature Art Show that featured nearly 600 miniature works from around the world. Housed in the peaceful ambience of the Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC, this exhibition is one of the largest and most diverse international miniature art shows in all of the fifty states of America.

Judge’s comments for No Way!: The exquisitely rendered eyes certainly match the title with their conveyed demeanor. The subtle, but masterful use of cool color in the dog’s fur, nose and mouth all lend themselves subservient to the warm gaze and glint in the eyes. The artist has made sure we know, this painting is all about the eyes and they keep bringing you back to their attitude.



SECOND PLACE FOR LANDSCAPES & THIRD PLACE FOR ANIMALS,
MINIATURES IN MARIPOSA — MARCH 2021
Sierra Artists Gallery, Mariposa, CA
 

 


The Elizabeth Specht Memorial Miniatures in Mariposa art show may be over, but the honor of winning awards will live on. Linda received two awards at this annual showing of miniature artworks at the Sierra Artists Gallery in Mariposa, California. She was honored with a Third Place for a southern New Jersey landscape, Autumn in the Barrens and a Second Place for her painting of a very familiar kitty, Golden Boy.

Located in the heart of downtown Mariposa, Sierra Artists Gallery is in close proximity of Yosemite and the beautiful Sierra Foothills. Linda was delighted to be recognized amongst the elite group of international, professional artists whom contributed artwork to the gallery, now open five days a week.


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