Just last month I had the pleasure of winning “Best of Show” at the 1st Thursday’s “Inside/Out” Exhibit at Orlando Museum of Art. This 1st Thursday, June 5th all the winning artists from the past year were invited back with larger bodies of work. I looked forward to meeting the “Best of Show”winning artists at the Evening Reception.
Al and I entered the Exhibit Hall and immediately spied the First Prize Ribbon awarded to John Baker for his provocative piece: “Locked in Paradise.” It was an attention grabber, because Paradise was unattainable. The Photograph of Paradise was secured behind a welded grid.
John Baker is looking very proud. He should be: with the coveted “Best of the Best” award.
Al and I passed by some more interesting art works. When we arrived at my exhibit, Jim Hosner and a photographer were waiting for us. Lo and Behold! There was a second award next to my “Inside 52GA-R” sculpture. Though it read: “Honorable Mention,” it was the only other award given by the judges that night, almost like Runner Up to “Best of the Best” The cash award was presented by Jim Hosner while a photographer took our picture. I wish I had a copy of that photo. Here is one that Al took.
I was euphoric for the whole evening. The artists convened outdoors for a group photo
Michael Moffett, Cherie Bosela, Gladiola Sotomayor, Crystal Bernard, Bobbi Mastrangelo, John Baker, Louis Lochead, Michael Allen Langshaw and Edson Campos: Best of Show Artists at Orlando Museum of Art’s 1st Thursday June 5, 2014.
The reception was a delightful social event, learning about the artists, making new acquaintances and networking.
All nine of us: “Best of the Best” will be exhibiting our art at The Mayor’s Gallery, 3rd Floor at Orlando City Hall from June 14- September 12, 2014. The Mayors’ Gallery is open Monday – Friday 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Orlando City Hall is located at 400 S. Orange Avenue.