“All Women” Art Exhibition 2021 – Overall Category

The Overall Winning Artists Category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the 3 media categories of the Painting & Other Category, Photography & Digital Category and the 3 Dimensional Art categories. 

The winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of January 2021 and thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

The overall winning artists’ category of the 10th Annual "All Women" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion.  In addition, the overall winning artists will also receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, 550+ press release announcements, event announcement posts and social media marketing. 

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtJobs/ArtWeek. Artweek/Artjobs produces 800,000 page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Congratulations to our artists who made our 10th Annual “All Women” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winners and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s Archive section for further ongoing promotion.

The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery will have digital “All Women” Award Certificates, Event Postcard, and Press Releases sent to the winning artists within the next few weeks. Thank you to all of the artists who participated and for being a part of the gallery.  To return to the “All Women” Home Page click here.

To view the artwork in the image gallery’s below, click on a thumbnail image and that will take you to the Slide Show, which will then contain larger images. Artists can now post their images directly to their social media networks (See lower left-hand side of the Lightbox).  In order to leave the Slide Show at any time, just click on the X at the upper right side of the Lightbox in order to escape and that will take you back to the thumbnails images.

1st Place - Merrilee Soberg – “The Timekeepers”

1st-Place-OA-58-pd.-Merrilee-Soberg-–-The-Timekeepers-bAfter retiring from a successful career as a professional potter, Merrilee turned to photography and digital art to fill the creative void. She honed her digital art skills in Sebastian Michael's Photoshop Artistry online courses. As a result, she has been published in numerous editions of "Living the Photoartistic Life" magazine and was featured in the February 2020 edition.

In 2020, Merrilee received first place in Fusion Art's "Leaves and Petals" competition plus second overall (first place in photography division) in "Light Space & Time's" Nature competition. Many of the photos used in Merrilee's compositions were taken at home on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada or during her world travels.

She is passionate about photographing wildlife, especially birds, in their natural habitat. As she lives on the edge of a seasonal wetland, other elements of nature regularly find their way into her artistic creations. These photos combined with digital painting are the building blocks used to create inspired, unique works of art that can be beautiful, intriguing, moving and at times thought provoking. She focuses on the resilience, strength and connectedness of the human spirit.

Nature and the human form....what a magical combination.

Merrilee’s website is www.merrilee-soberg.pixels.com  

2nd Place - Renee Brown – “Guarded”

2nd-Place-OA-109-POM.-Renee-Brown-–-Guarded-bRenee Brown, a New York-based emerging artist delved into photorealism while earning her BFA at the Hartford Art School. While in attendance, she became the first recipient of the Helen Charleton Scholarship for her work in portraiture and was granted the Jerry A. Shoham/Jerry’s Artarama Connecticut prize for painting.

Following her degree, she attended the Summer Undergraduate Residency at the New York Academy of Art and has since exhibited her work across the east coast. With oil paint being her medium of choice, Brown uses rich colors to create intensely realistic imagery of the figure.

Growing up in a scenic part of Long Island, the clear night skies and local wildlife are an inspiration. There’s a sense of reflection and serenity echoing in each piece. It becomes quite an intimate space for both the artist and the viewer.

Renee’s website is www.reneebrown.net  

3rd Place - Kristen Salai – “Life”

3rd-Place-OA-66-POM.-Kristen-Salai-–-Life-vKristen Salai is a hyperrealist oil painter creating food-centric still life paintings. She primarily focuses on sugary foods that hold nostalgic significance from childhood. She chooses each of her food-related subjects with the intent of invoking feelings of joy and wistfulness in her viewers.

She has studied painting under Janice Hindes of San Antonio, TX, and Texas State University painting professors, Tommy Fitzpatrick, Holly Veselka, and Shawn Camp. She has been in group exhibitions at the Aanna Reyes Gallery in San Antonio, TX, the Hindes Academy of Fine Art in San Antonio, TX, and the Student Juried Exhibition at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX with Juror Natalie Bell, Associate Curator at the New Museum, New York, NY.

Kristen lives and works in San Antonio, TX. She is a student at Texas State University and will graduate in 2021 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting.

Kristen’s website is https://kristensalai.square.site         

4th Place - Gabriele Gracine – “Boiler Room”

4th-Place-OA-36-pd.-Gabriele-Gracine-–-Boiler-Room-cI am a self-taught digital artist. My process is a proprietary technique I constantly explore and refine. Making art for me is about bringing the power of beauty to the world. The digital medium gives me the magical tools to actualize my visions. The conversation between my inner and external influences impacts my art in a variety of unexpected ways.

My creativity is enhanced by allowing my images to take the lead in bringing them to life. I intend to capture the viewer's wonder and imagination with an object of visual poetry that is unique, deeply personal and extends an offer to contemplate the possibility of entering a new reality through the extraordinary digital world.

Gabriele’s website is www.abstractgaby.strikingly.com   

5th Place - Hsiung Yu – “Stand”

5th-Place-OA-169-POM.-Hsiung-Yu-–-StandbTaiwanese artist Hsiung Yu graduated from the University of the Arts London. She started her career in the fashion art world and has published 14 professional books. She was invited to perform in more than a thousand live shows at Taiwan and abroad. Her unrivaled conviction and talent with unique aesthetic perspectives, color matching capabilities, and creative talents have now achieved more than 500 oil paintings.

As of 2020, 30 solo exhibitions have been held in various parts of Taiwan. At the same time, her works have been selected for competition and have been exhibited in Berlin, Germany, Hamburg, Paris, France, London, England and Oxford, Grand Palace Paris, San Francisco and other international cities.

In the future, Hsiung Yu hopes to combine the artworks with installation art and mechanical art to create large-scale creative works exhibitions.

Hsiung Yu’s website is www.101artist.com   

6th Place - Wan-Ling Lu – “Sending a Flower”

6th-Place-OA-232-POM.-Wan-Ling-Lu-–-Sending-a-Flower-cAfter Salmon, a Taiwanese business woman, returned to her hometown and retired, she began her self-study of art and painting. She studied sketch enlightenment with Professor Lai Wuxiong, Director of the Western Painting Group of Taiyi University. After 1981, under the tutelage of Chen Keyan, she studied watercolor, oil painting, pastel and other fields. She graduated from the Department of Printing and Photography of Shih Hsin University in 1982. Between the years of 1983-1986, she was a full-time sketch teacher and part-time teacher of the children's drawing classes at Presbyterian Church in Minsheng Community, Taipei City Cave People Painting Association.

In 2002, she went to Shenzhen, China to establish an electronics company and factory. In December 2016, she returned to Taiwan to retire and finally had time to pick up her brushes again, focusing on the research and self-training of pastel art. She is currently teaching pastel for Taipei Zhongzheng Community University and New Taipei City Xizhi Community University.

Wan-Ling Lu’s art can be found on her Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011107327469

7th Place - Patti Bradeis – “Smitten”

7th-Place-OA-292-POM.-Patti-Bradeis-–-Smitten-bThrough my art, I aspire to welcome viewers into a comfortable, emotionally safe resting place, void of adulthood burdens, and wander into a place to reminisce with innocent simplicity and uninhibited wonder. It is an incomparably joy-filled realm that accompanies me while I draw, which I hope to convey and entice others to share in.

Patti’s website is www.belovedportraitsbypatti.com   


8th Place - Mary F. Vivo - "Greyhound Bus Station 1957”

8th-Place-OA-2-3d.-Mary-F.-Vivo-Greyhound-Bus-Station-1957-vMary grew up in Brooklyn, New York, attended The Cooper Union School of Art and later learned computer design at the School of Visual Art, both in New York City. Her work has been on exhibit in several shows including: The International Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Yugoslavia; The International Women’s Exhibit in Washington, DC; Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley’s “100 women/100 works”; the Stockton National Exhibition at the Haggin Museum in California; the 43rd Annual Exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut, and most recently, a solo exhibition at the Iridian gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

Besides her fine art, which includes a variety of mediums, specifically colored pencil, oils, graphite, and wood, Mary has worked as an art director in Manhattan for a number of companies specializing in direct mail, publishing and computer design.

Mary’s work has always been detail-oriented and the next logical step for her was to create in three-dimension. By combining her talents in wood construction, architecture, painting and drawing, Mary was able to produce what she calls “Housculptures”, 3-D, wooden replicas of building facades, entire structures, and their surroundings.

In the 30 years or so since Mary started this form of art, she has constructed a large variety of houses including two complete mansions, one in Southampton and the other in East Hampton, New York, a townhouse in Paris, France and a bay house in Cape Charles, Virginia.

Mary now lives in Richmond, VA and can be reached via her email.    

9th Place - Barbara Smits – “Checkers on the Porch”

9th-Place-OA-45-pd.-Barbara-Smits-–-Checkers-on-the-Porch-bBarbara Smits has been involved in the arts in one form or another for fifty years. She is a writer, poet, playwright, photographer, videographer operating under the name Associated Video, former folk musician and music teacher, historian, and owner of Barbara Smits Artworks.

Smits received a correspondence course certificate in modern photography from the New York Institute of Photography in 1970 and has been a photographer since that time. She wrote newspaper and magazine articles illustrated with photographs and added Associated Video to her credits in the 1980’s. She produced “A Coming Together - Oneida White Corn Harvest” for Wisconsin Public Television’s Wisconsin network. She also produced a video for schools entitled “Wisconsin’s Old Military Road” and a video “Death Wind on the Plains” which dealt with the Frontier Army’s destruction of the buffalo after the Civil War in order to suppress and defeat the Plains Indians.

As president of the Ashwaubenon Historical Society, Smits was one of the organizers of the Military Road Sesquicentennial Wagon Train that crossed Wisconsin in 1998 on a two week, 250-mile journey following the Old Military Road that was constructed to connect Wisconsin’s three forts after the Blackhawk War in 1832. Upwards of 250 walkers, riders, authentic wooden wheel wagons and passengers participated in the wagon train at various intervals over the two-week journey from Prairie du Chien to Green Bay, and it was one of the highlights of the state’s grand sesquicentennial celebration. It was also a monumental organizational challenge to bring the event to a satisfactory completion!

Smits has partnered with Herman Bender of Fond du Lac to form Old Northwest Frontier tours, which produces self-guided, in-depth illustrated eBook tours for travelers who want to really get to know the areas they are visiting. Lake Winnebago, WI, Circle Tour - Volume One, East Shore Communities, is the first tour book published by Old Northwest Frontier Tours in a planned seven volume series covering Lake Winnebago. Volume one is available on the Apple Store and Amazon Kindle.

Smits has many interests that include history and the environment, but inspirational writing combined with photographic artworks is one of her highest motivations. She has recently published an EPUB book, “Living the Good Life With the Beatitudes,” which is available through Apple Books and Amazon Kindle. Unlike most meditation works, Smits uses modern day scenes and thoughts to bring the eight Beatitudes to life, involving the viewer in a personal way.

Smits also produces digital artworks from her photographs by using modern software computer programs. She prints her own artworks as giclée prints, and many include written text or poetry; all prints have a colored border, title, and location as part of their presentation, although they can also be printed as straight photographs. Wisconsin and historical artworks are two of her specialties. Smits is also working on opening an online sales store and gallery.

Smits is 77 years old and has worked in her vision of what it means to be an artist during her entire lifetime. Her writing and photography covering various subjects has been sold throughout Wisconsin through decorators, designers, art shows, and individual art sales.

Smits says, “Photography opens up the world, and places and things you photograph become part of you. Life is never boring when you look for truth and beauty all around you, in everything you see. It is wonderful to be an art photographer!”

Barbara’s website is www.onwfrontiertours.com  

10th Place - Tanya Marie Reeves – “Jane”

10th-Place-OA-202-POM.-Tanya-Marie-Reeves-–-Jane-bI love the sensual curves of the female form, the striking boldness of saturated acrylics, the splendour of intense brilliant block colour and striking contrast; it is where my artwork as an adult began over 25 years ago. And while the basis of my unique style has remained, driven by the design and manipulation of strong contrasting colours and lines, overtime, what began as purely aesthetic artworks, has become something else entirely.

Ultimately, through my own life struggles and experiences I’ve learned so much about what can be hidden inside oneself; the strength and determination which arose from within me which I had never even known existed, became my driving force, in both my life and my art.

And so, I create empowering paintings of women. I take a woman’s inner strength and I bring it bolstering to the surface, choreographed with passion, heightening her physical prowess, celebrating her diversity, reveling in her beauty and sexuality, revealing her sensuality, her secrets and mystery. And most significantly, saluting her confidence, heart and spirited strength of character.

My technique predominantly consists of saturated acrylic paint, exhibiting vibrant block colour and dramatic contrast, the sultry curves of the female body and the faultless lines of geometry and pattern. With hand and brush only, I achieve beautiful unyielding saturation while exhibiting a meticulous sense of order and impeccable print-like quality. Periodically I will include textiles and alternate mixed media in my artwork, the choreography of such resulting in the perfect combination of stimulating texture and divergence.

My name is Tanya Marie Reeves, I am a 40-something single mum of two grown teenagers and a self-taught professional artist, born, raised, living and creating in my hometown of Broken Hill, Australia.

Tanya’s website is www.tanyamariereeves.com    

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