6th Annual Colors Best in Show Winners – April 2022

To contact these Best in Show artists directly for purchase inquiries or to see more of their work, please visit the 6th Annual Colors Art Exhibition page for contact information.

Congratulations again to the winners and thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Best in Show (Traditional) – Jana F. Jaros – “Colours” – acrylic on canvas

1st-BIS-27-trad.-Jana-F.-Jaros-Colours-bArtist Biography: Jana Jaros graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada in Interdisciplinary Art. Following her graduation Jana became a scenic painter/artist for theatre & film sets as well as commercial and heritage. She excelled in these fields because of her love for them. She recently put her skills to use in the restoration of outdoor mural work. She continues to be supportive of the arts in her area by providing an online arts hub ARTSCOVSA. The group has grown since its inception in 2019 involving many disciplines of the arts and culture.

Artist Statement: Is the story getting through? I am a figurative painter. While structure is important to me in technique, it is not what drives me to choose my subject matter. Each of my paintings is derived from a story, experience or an idea. I want to reach and connect to the emotional impact of them. During the hours and days, I work, there is a narrative going through my head and I become completely invested and connected to my canvas. It is why I chose macro focus, carefully considered angular perspective and the title of my work. It guides my brush across the canvas creating a description of smooth or moody atmosphere that supports the tale behind it.

To see more of Jana’s work, please visit her website.   

Best in Show (Photography & Digital) – Judy Belleci – “Originally Iris …” – photography

1st-BIS-6-dp.-Judy-Belleci-Originally-Iris-...-.bJudy is FootePrint Art … By definition a footprint is a mark left behind; an impression of the ‘sole’ of a person; a vestige … Thus is FootePrint Art. Judy creates and presents her art as an outward expression of her passions and character. Her style is clean simplicity … Judy is first an artist — her heart, her soul, and her eyes. With photography Judy prefers the quick and uncomplicated ability to create something with the click of the shutter. However, that is only the beginning for her. She then launches into her creative process in which she finds so much joy and elation. And then there are the results…. Zen – that contemplation of one’s essential nature to the exclusion of all else. Judy’s heart and creativity are her way of expressing harmony and a sense of the divine order of our universe.

You can see Judy’s work on Facebook, her website, and most of the highlights of her work on Viewbug.    

Best in Show (3 Dimensional) – Robert Obier – “Dynamo XL” – sculpture – mixed media

1st-BIS-2-3d.-Robert-Obier-Dynamo-XL-.bA strict and systematic organization of components define the work and reveal a discipline that is unmistakably architectural. At first glance, the geometric forms seem strangely familiar as if seen somewhere before – but where – when? Upon closer examination – perhaps the designs are remnants of some distant and secrete civilization or even an, as of yet, unknown and mysterious future. The forms are intentionally abstract – giving shape to a brief moment of design inspiration. Schematic concepts emerge as built objects without the practical or functional restrictions that necessarily accompany the development of an architectural or industrial product.

The final sculpted artwork derives from an initial “thumbnail” sketch. The preliminary shapes are explored and refined through multiple iterations as 3-d computer models. These varied iterations may serve to refine the idea or may be individually produced as a limited series of sculptural works. The work combines the “tried and true” techniques of old-fashioned craftsmanship with today’s most advanced rapid prototyping technologies such as CAD modeling, 3-D printing, and CNC fabrication.

Particular finish applications such as weathering and rust recall an ‘earlier life’ in the story of certain pieces.  The work has a timeless quality – seeming to exist in the past, the present and the future – simultaneously.

To see more of Robert’s work, please visit his website.


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