Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County announced the award winners in the first annual Juried Art Show at an Award Ceremony and Reception on August 16 at the Belfast Free Library, where the show is currently hanging in the Barbara Kramer Gallery through the month of August.
Philippe Guillerm’s wood sculpture, Black Tango was awarded First Place, Guillerm resides in Waldoboro. Second place went to Betsy Birge, of Liberty, Maine for her watercolor, Seeds of Life. Terry Hire of Northport was awarded Third Place for his photograph, Hope Rising.
First Place award winner Pilippe Guillerm began his professional life in Paris, France where he was born in 1959. He has traveled around the world with his wife Jacqueline and their two daughters. His studio and gallery located in a restored 1850s bank in Waldoboro, Maine. Guillerm’s music-inspired sculptures are often whimsical and curvaceous stringed instruments and his work has been exhibited in galleries in Europe, South America, the Pacific Islands, France, Canada and the United States. Sir Richard Branson owns a piece, having met Philippe in the Caribbean. See more of Philippe Guillerm’s work at his website www.guillermsculptures.com.
Jurors also selected the work of five artists for Honorable Mentions; Caitlyn Mello, John Silverio, Petrea Noyes, Katenia Keller and Dianne Horton. The jurors making the selections included artist David Estey, sculptor Kimberly Callas and photographer Kevin Johnson. Eighty pieces of art work were submitted and twenty-six were selected to exhibit.
The public was invited to vote for their favorite artwork in the show and 273 cast their votes. Anne Cronin of Belfast received the People’s Choice Award at the award ceremony for her delicate watercolor, Harbor Sail. Cronin is a graduate of the four-year art and design program of Cambridge School of Design in Massachusetts. She has had a career in graphic art that included the Harold Cabot Advertising Agency and as an art director in the fashion business. She moved back to her native Maine with her husband, also a graphic designer, where they raised five children. Cronin shifted her focus to watercolor painting. During the last few years she has been recovering from a stroke and learned to paint again. Her new work has been featured in the Art Alliance Gallery and Beyond the Sea in Lincolnville, as well as being selected for this juried art show. Her website is www.annecroninart.com.
A complete slideshow of all jury-selected work plus a biography of all the artists plus images of the winning selections is online now at www.hospiceVolunteersOfWaldoCounty.org.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County and will be up for the month of August. All the artwork, except for the sold work, is for sale, with fifty percent of the proceeds going to Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County.
This event was sponsored by Camden National Bank, Front Street Ship Yard, Robbins Lumber, EBS Building supplies, the BelfastCreativeCoalition.org and the Belfast Free Library. The delicious three-table spread of appetizers were generously provided by La Vida, The Front Street Pub, and Delvinos.
Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County provides non-medical support to patients and families facing a terminal illness and bereavement support to anyone in the community who has suffered the loss of a loved one. All services are always free.
For more information on this exhibit, please contact Flic Shooter at Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County at 207-930-2677. Plus complete information on this event and participating artists can be seen at www.hospicevolunteersofwaldocounty.org