Elegance is now on display at the Wild Side Gallery at the Phoenix Zoo. I am honored that they announced that it won Best of Show! Although it appears in black and white, it was actually created with only one black colored pencil, solvent, and a variety of erasers on Grafix 2-sided matte drafting film. A heart-warmed thanks go to the judges, Christi Manuelito of Bonner David Galleries in Scottsdale and Frank Gonzales of the Mesa Art Center.
The Heart of Ukraine just won Best of Show at the Arizona Arists Guild Statewide Exhibition. This 36x48 mixed media piece captured the hearts of the judges and brought many questions as to what it was made out of. It is always delightful to tell people that it is created mostly with colored pencil and a little wax pastel. This piece is drawn onto Grafix 2-sided matte drafting film and then adhered onto a wooden cradled panel that gives it the look of a contemporary oil painting. In fact, that is exactly what many people think I used!
My model was my Ukrainian neighbor, Zlotta. Ever since I met her, I wanted to draw her. Together we planned the piece. Her mother brought the dress and jewelry all the way to the U.S. from Ukraine during the war. I made the headdress for her to wear during the photoshoot. I wanted to make the image as authentic as possible. The funny thing is that the headress was so heavy that her husband had to hold it up from behind so that it wouldn't fall off.
Color Runs Through My Veins is currently on display at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina at the American Women Artists Exhibit called Pushing Forward Reaching Back. Iwas delighted to find out that it was chosen as a sample of artwork featured in American Art Collector Magazine in the May 2023 issue. Hats off to all of the amazing women artists that share the show with me. Thank you to the judges that gave it the 2-D Award.
Wyld Man is going to be on channel 12News this week! They have a new segment that features local artists. It is so much fun to get my artwork out in the public eye. Currently, Wyld Man is part of the Jim and Jennifer Seal fine art collection.
Here is the scheduled air time.
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Taming Sunshine wins second place in the Drawing Category at the Glendale Arts Council Annual Fine Art Exhibit after traveling to Florida for two exhibits with the Colored Pencil Society of America's International Exhibition.
Lifting Spirits is a finalist in this year's International Artists Magazine's People and Figures Competition and is featured in the August/September 2022 issue. It is a thrill to be selected and published in this wonderful magazine. It is nice to see that colored pencil is being recognized as a contender in the fine art world.
Prickly Paradise is a finalist in this year's International Artists Magazine's Floral Competition and is featured in the October/November 2021 issue. This piece has also been chosen for the American Women Artists exhibition, Breaking Through: The Rise of American Women Artists, which opens March 5, 2022, and continues through May 29, 2022, at Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN.
Showtime is a finalist in The International Guild of Realism's 2021 Fall Salon Online Exhibition.
"There were over 700 global entries this year from over 20 countries represented in the Fall Salon Final Jury including Canada, England, Norway, USA, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Malta, Holland, Indonesia, Philippines, Mexico, Greece, Australia, France, and Spain. There's a huge diversity of media in the exhibition including Acrylic, Watercolor, Oil, Soft Pastel, Colored Pencil, Gouache, Graphite, Pastel, Ink, Egg Tempera and Scratchboard."
Under the Orchid Tree wins "Best of Show" in the CPSA Chapter 212 Show at Arts HQ in Surprise, Arizona. Come see the talented artists of Arizona as they display their finest work in this lovely gallery. The show is called "Pressing the Point: The Fine Art of Colored pencil". The 70 piece exhibit shows the wide range of surfaces, techniques, and subject matter of an amazing medium. 16126 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374
"Family of Five" and 11 other pieces are currently hanging at the First Studio Gallery in downtown Phoenix. Barbara was selected to participate in the Five Star Invitational Art Show this month along with 4 other accomplished artist that offer a diverse range of style and media. The receptions are from 6 to 9 pm on first and third Friday's. May 7, May 21, and June 4, 2021. Come see a great show!
631 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Elegance wins 1st place in drawing at the West Valley Art Museum's Celebration of Artists Exhibition. The Offspring wins second place in mixed media, and Knight and Day wins the Mayor's Award.
Beyond the Green Line wins 1st place in the West Valley Arts Council's 50th anniversary show. The Mayor's Award was given to The Kindness of a King. The show runs through December 2019 at the Arts HQ Gallery in Surprise, AZ
Sun Worshiper wins 1st place in the Colored Pencil Society of America's Arizona Chapter 212 show at the Murphey Gallery in Tucson AZ the show runs through December 4, 2019.