Best in Show (Traditional) – Jan Kornegay Dappen - "Reflections at Lake Louise" – oil
Originally from Columbus, GA, and presently living in Ellijay, GA with her husband, Jan Dappen is a realistic Award-winning artist with a touch of personality and life experiences blended in her oils, acrylics, watercolors and Graphite/Colored pencils. Jan creates from the heart...whatever inspires her. Self-taught with a love for history, cultures, landscapes and people, her compositions reflect the emotions and beauty of her natural surroundings and often featuring imperfections! Blessed with a God given talent, she is grateful and loves to share her passion. Jan has shown in Europe and here in Georgia. You can see her work at The Capitol Building in Atlanta, Buckhead, Cartersville, Columbus, several Ellijay Vineyards, Gilmer Arts, and other establishments in Downtown Ellijay. She is an active member of Gilmer Arts and a founding member of Gilmer Fine Artists. She also shows at the NGAF Art Gallery for persons with autism and disabilities in Blue Ridge. Her extended talents are represented in the signage and on wine labels in the local vineyards. Teaching Acrylic painting classes and painting en Plein Air are two of her favorite pastimes besides painting in her loft in the North GA Mountains, when not enjoying her kids and 6 grandchildren.
Best in Show (Photography & Digital) - John Diephouse - "Lake Superior Stillness" – photography
I am a primarily self-taught photographer who migrated to digital photography about fifteen years ago. This transition marked a qualitative shift in both my interest level and satisfaction with the results, due to the advantages of digital over traditional film photography. The ability to take a large volume of images without the expense of film and the ease of edits in the “digital darkroom” has encouraged me to experiment and expand my skills significantly. After retiring from a professional management career, I have taken advantage of my time in retirement to more fully explore the technical and creative sides of this media. At this point in my development, I seek to share images with which I has a strong and instinctive personal connection. Images may be simply documentary, invoke a sense of time and place, or resonate as an abstract blend of color, shape or form. Others provoke an indefinable question that does not readily yield answers without further study and reflection. My creative process follows an intuitive yet patterned path, from capturing a digital image through the process of interacting with and refining the image, searching for the combination of elements that produces an instinctive but undeniable connection. Most often the images that provoke the strongest connection are those that do not produce an immediate reaction but provoke a response through repeated contact and consideration over time. I have exhibited widely in local, regional, and national exhibitions and have been published in national fine art photography magazines. My photographs have won commendations for merit ranging from Honorable Mention to Best in Show. My photographs were also selected to hang in the Michigan Governor’s Mansion as part of a year-long exhibition highlighting State of Michigan artists.
Best in Show (3 Dimensional) - Michele Bourdeau - “Wave” – bonded bronze
Michele Bourdeau does not have a formal education in Art or Sculpture. Her scientific background may help explain her fascination with the three-dimensional form and sculpture. She likes the texture of clay and enjoys feeling a form take shape under her fingers. She gets inspired from a variety of sources and tends to favor stylized, abstracted figures and forms. Apart from representing the figure, the artist is much inspired by the wildness of nature and un-tameness of the ocean in creating abstract forms. Her sculpture pieces do not result from careful planning. She tries to experiment with something new each time. The artist lets the idea evolve as she works along and likes to leave the sculpture speak for itself.
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