The national exhibition, “For the Beauty of the Earth” was on view at Riviera UMC October 14-29, 2017. By the last day, a total of 19 gallery paintings sold.
Otto Stürcke, exhibition judge, said it was very difficult to select artwork for the awards, because he felt every artist accepted into the show was already a winner. However, he gave six juried artists special commendations for their work. Otto said of the show, “I think it’s got a great reputation for great art.”
Congratulations to the award winners.
- “Best of Show” was awarded to Zahra Pezeshk for her 18×27 pastel, “Lion”
- Lisa Mozzini-McDill received First Place for her 12×24 oil painting, “Zion Overlook”
- Second Place went to Kathleen Weil for her 18×11 pastel, “Summer Grasses”
- Third Place was earned by Mike Ishikawa for his 12×18 pastel, “Owens Valley Farm”
- Jan Godachy took an Honorable Mention for her 13×21 watercolor, “Turbulent Sea”
- Honorable Mention was also awarded to Bernard Fallon for his 19×27 pastel,
“Sierra Winter, Near Mt. Whitney”
A special thank you goes to our juror, Richard McKinley, and our judge, Otto Sturcke, for their part in making this a top-notch national exhibition. A huge thank you also goes to our art supply company donors for their contribution of product prizes for our 2017 awards.
Exhibition Juror: Richard McKinley
Richard McKinley is an internationally known artist in oil and pastel, president of the International Association of Pastel Societies, and best-selling author of two art books. His work is represented in several national galleries and is in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art Museum. He has been a professional working artist for 38 years and has more than 35 years of teaching experience.
Awards Judge: Otto Stürcke
Otto Stürcke is a high-ranking member of several prestigious art groups, including the historic California Art Club, Pastel Society of America and the California Art League, and has garnered a long list of awards for his artwork. After valiantly serving his country in Desert Storm, Stürcke spent 15 years working as an illustrator for Disney, Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures before deciding to pursue his own creative endeavors as an oil and pastel fine artist.