Ribbons notified the winning work on display at the Fine Art Show at the 2012 Hillsborough County Fair, judged mainly (75 percent) by "the artist's use of technique and the intended message," according to the judge's statement.
The judge notes that the Best in Show painting, "Scarlet Macaw," by Nancy Kirkpatrick, in the Professional Division:
. . . displays the artist's overall knowledge of how to enhance the subject through value, color and paint application. The predominant use of soft focus and muted colors supports the [artist's] center of interest and the scarlet macaw's pose creates a strong composition.
First place in Amateur Oils went to "Arakara Girl," by Richard Wagoner, "also a noteworthy painting," according to the judge's statement.
This artist's predominantly low-key painting exhibits a strong focal point without the usual "in-your-face" attitude of many modern portraits. Subordinate color choices support the strength of design and the overall skillful rendering of this piece.
First place in Amateur Watercolors, "Dog With Frisbee," by Muriel Cook, was noted as both "a well-painted piece technically" and for its "emotional appeal."
Action pieces are difficult at best and this artist makes a bold statement in the complex medium of watercolor.
Fine Art Winners at the 2012 Hillsborough County FairPROFESSIONAL DIVISION Acrylic First Place Lou Ann Watson Second Place None qualified Third Place None qualified Oil First Place Gunni Nilsson Price Second Place None entered Third Place None entered Watercolor First Place Barbra Joan Araneo Second Place Barbra Joan Araneo Third Place None qualified Mixed Media First Place Joe Simpson Second Place None qualified Third Place None qualified Graphics First Place Barbra Joan Araneo Second Place None entered Third Place None entered Miniatures First Place Gunni Nilsson Price Second Place Debra Bryant Third Place None qualified Sculptures First Place Sharon Woolsey Second Place None entered Third Place None entered Best of Show Nancy Kirkpatrick * No work qualified in ceramics
AMATEUR DIVISION Acrylic
First Place Richard Wagoner Second Place Sharon Woolsey Third Place April Haynes Oil
First Place Richard Wagoner Second Place Nancy Driscoll Third Place Angela Scott Watercolor
First Place Muriel Cook Second Place Wanda Stephenson Third Place Deborah Lulei Graphics
First Place Deborah Lulei Second Place Lee Schonher Third Place Lee Schonher
* No enteries for mixed media
JUNIOR DIVISION Elementary (Grades 1-5) First Place Caleb Walker Second Place None qualified Third Place Jack Jenkins Middle (Grades 6-8) First Place Benjamin Bertic Second Place Benjamin Bertic Third Place Benjamin Bertic Secondary (Grades 9-12) First Place Cassidy Dossin Second Place Jenna Brink Third Place Jenna Brink