Some time in September 2009, Sandy Askey-Adams, Nancy Medina and I started talking about an Autumn painting challenge to celebrate the season. We chatted back and forth for a while and decided to have the First Annual Autumn Arts Painting Challenge.
The Challenge was free, global and very exciting! There were few rules - the paintings had to be original work, of course, and it had to be completed in the month of October. Art works were posted all month long and it was a visual feast each day to see new works entered.
The artist was free to interpret their October any way they wished. We had beautiful entries of representational, impressionistic and abstract work.
We used Facebook as a platform for the event. We though we'd have about 100 people enter and we'd all get to enjoy some good paintings. To our amazement, we ended up with over 1500 people joining the site and over 900 pieces of art submitted for the Competition! You can go to the facebook site to see the entries, clicking on the "Photos" tab at the top of the page will bring you to amazing paintings!
We were so thrilled that 3 nationally acclaimed artists Gladys Roldan-de-Moras, Soon Y Warren, and Marsha Savage said "Yes!" to our request for Judges. These wonderful ladies were a joy to work with and they did have to work very hard! You can see the winners of the competition on our blog. The Judges chose extra paintings for the exhibition in this blog post.
Howard Cooperman, of the amazing Bucks County Gallery in New Hope, Pennsylvania has an exhibition of the winners this month. He sent these me photos of the opening reception.
Howard also made a short You Tube video of the exhibition and the painting that I submitted to the exhibition is shown first. Thank you Howard!
American Artist magazine did a story on the Challenge in March and the Pastel Journal had a story in May!
Awards for the event were donated by Terry Ludwig Pastels, Qoro, LLC, Kng of Frame, Raymar Art, and Dick Blick. This event brought artists together from around the world to celebrate art. Wonderful friendships were made and continue.
Becky Joy's oil painting was chosen in the "Judge's Choice" category. These are addition paintings exhibited at the Bucks County Gallery show for the Challenge.