“Open” Art Exhibition 2022 – 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 July 2022 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 12th Annual "Open" 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. 

Congratulations to our artists who made our 12th Annual “Open” 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. Thank you to all of the artists who participated and for being a part of the gallery.  

Scroll down the page to see read about each of our Top 10 Winning Artists. In the image gallery at the bottom, click on a thumbnail image and that will take you a lightbox to view the entire artwork. To return to the “Open” Home Page click here.

1st Place – Overall - Jeffrey Friedkin - "ON THE TOWN”

1st Place – Overall - Jeffrey FriedkinJeffrey Friedkin is a fine art and street photographer, specializing in capturing the energy, vibrancy and isolation of New York City. Jeffrey is a juried photography member of the prestigious Salmagundi Art Club in NYC. He served on the Salmagundi board and was Chairman of the Public Relations Committee and assists the Chairman of the Photography Committee for the Salmagundi Art Club.

A multiple award-winning photographer, Jeffrey has widely exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the tristate area in addition to a large international online presence. His work has been featured on various magazines, advertisements and news sites and is held in private collections, corporate businesses and clubs. A series of his photographs have recently been acquired by the Yuko Nii permanent collection at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Jeffrey Friedkin’s photography employs a synthesis of the artistic eye and technology. His work focuses on New York life: the streets, people, architecture and nature. The lush rural landscapes and sparkling seascapes of the Hudson River Valley region equally inspire him. His images tell these stories.

For more information about Jeffrey or to see more of his work, please visit his website.

2nd Place – Overall - Lance Bukove - "DRAGON FOUNTAIN #2”

2nd Place – Overall - Lance BukoveI have been a professional artist for over 30 years. In my early years I focused on a photo realism finish to all my works. Over the past decade I have moved more into an abstract feel. This has allowed me to put more of a personal touch and representation in my pieces. I have found this to be quite enjoyable. I have had some formal training but am mostly self-taught. I focus on wildlife, architecture, transportation and free flowing images. My originals and prints are in both corporate and private collections around the world.

To see more of Lance’s work, he can be contacted on his Email.    

3rd Place – Overall - Cher Pruys - "THE MAGIC MAN”

3rd Place – Overall - Cher PruysCher Pruys was born in Regina. Over the years she lived in many places including Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Fort Frances, settling into her present home in Devlin, on the banks of the Rainy River with her husband Mark, 4 dogs and 2 cats.

By age three, Cher was seldom found without a drawing tool in hand. She worked in pencil, charcoal and ink over the years, until, she picked up a paintbrush at the age of 35. Beginning with oil paints, she found her chosen mediums in acrylic, water color and gouache.

Although self-taught, her dedication and talent has seen her work juried into 199 International exhibits, as well as exhibits in numerous non juried shows. She has won 224 awards for her work in the International Juried Exhibits.

To learn more about Cher or to see more of her work visit her website.

4th Place – Overall - Marla Julien - "SILENCE”

4th Place – Overall - Marla JulienFirst I just want to say how grateful I am that having this wonderful opportunity to show my digital art. My name is Marla Julien and I live in Sudbury, Ontario. I am self-taught and I have been doing this for about 8 years. Step into my surreal world, inspired by beautiful women portraits and elaborate head pieces

Creating digital art was the next evolution in my photography journey. My digital art is created by using many different pieces or elements from either what I have photographed or purchased. Each piece is than extracted carefully and placed within the scene that I want to create. Then blending them together within photo shop, topaz, nik and many other programs. They are blended together using overlays, textures, adjustment layers, blend modes, layers, masks and a few others.

To learn mora bout Marla and to see more of her work, please visit her Instagram.  

5th Place – Overall - Linda McCord - "1932 FORD”

5th Place – Overall - Linda McCordAfter retiring from my gallery, I was in a “dry space”, where I could not think of what I wanted to paint. I ran across photographs I took in 2011 at a car show in downtown Longview, and there it was! At the time I took the photos they did not interest me, but creativity changes with time. I love reflections and painting metal, so this was perfect. The cars are simply vehicles for the reflections. While I have usually worked with the human figure, the car series were a welcome change.

To learn more about Linda and to see more of her work, please visit her website.  

6th Place – Overall - Stephen A Roberson - "WET WORK”

6th Place – Overall - Stephen A RobersonMy work ranges from aviation and landscapes/seascapes to figurative. These subjects allow me to create dynamic compositions with geometric forms and lines, while working with more organic forms and a broader palette of visual textures.

I try to strike a fine balance in my work between technical, visual, emotional and, when applicable, accuracy. By balancing all of these elements I can provide the necessary information to fully describe a place or an event, while at the same time infusing a painting with the life, emotion and experience necessary to give the viewer a more visceral experience.

A majority of my work is created in oils, and I find that I best express myself using the techniques of impressionistic realism. I prefer this as it allows me to be loose and expressive while at the same time creating a painting representative of the subject.

To learn more about Stephen or to see more of his work, please visit his website.

7th Place – Overall - Paula Wiegmink - "TRICYCLE MADE FOR TWO”

7th Place – Overall - Paula WiegminkPaula Wiegmink was born in Zimbabwe and migrated Western Australia in 1994. She is now based in Dunsborough, South Western Australia. In 2014, her painting ‘To the point’ of an African pale chanting goshawk was shortlisted for exhibition with the ‘David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year’ in London, UK.

Paula was approached by Besureis, London, UK, in 2015, for permission to use the image of ‘Tears of the rhino’ as the face of the 'SAY NO' poster awareness campaign for endangered species. The poster has been signed by many influential people such as; Dr. Jane Goodall and Sir David Attenborough among many others. In 2015, CEO Graeme Stevenson invited Paula to feature on the TV Art Documentary ‘Put Some Color in Your Life’, recreating her painting ‘Tears of the Rhino’. This documentary will be heading to the moon with SpaceX and NASA on their mission in 2023.

Paula was honoured for outstanding artistic talent and extraordinary contribution to the conservation cause by Canadian based Artists For Conservation. Her work has been selected from 2014-2022. Paula hopes to create awareness drawing attention to the beauty and fragility of the natural world.

A multi-award winner in oil, pastel, acrylics, watercolour and mixed media, Paula continues to exhibit in both group and solo exhibitions. Her work is represented in private and corporate collections in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Portugal, America, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Holland, Spain, Germany and Australia.

To learn more about Paula or to see more of her work, please visit her Instagram.   

8th Place – Overall - Hunter Johnson - "CURVES & CLOUDS”

8th Place – Overall - Hunter JohnsonAn interest in strong images that build a moving narrative began with stacks of National Geographics in my grandparents’ attic. Along the way, I’ve been influenced by most every photograph, painting, or other graphic image I’ve seen.

My photography comes out of my training and work as an architect and as a sociologist; both create a combined vision of how individuals and society interact with our built and natural environments, an ecology of our culture. Through my camera I work to capture specific details that isolate a strong graphic element, reveal what otherwise might not be seen, create an insight into our common humanity, and, in the best case, combine to tell a story that stirs unexpected feelings and enriches our lives.

Early on I saw buildings as a part of their larger environment. While recording my projects I wanted accurate representations. Over time, I began to see the different elements of buildings as beautiful in isolation, eliminating context and often much of the subject’s structure. As a result, my photography moved from representation to interpretation using minimalism and abstraction.

I work to emphasize the beauty of a building’s parts…details, juxtapositions of shapes, and geometric patterns. Abstracting these components using light and shadow, tight focusing, cropping. The intent of these images is not to make the subject unrecognizable; rather, I want them to be not about the building itself, but instead capture graphic qualities like line, texture, tones, shape, patterns, and rhythm.

To learn more about Hunter or to see more of his work, please visit his website.

9th Place – Overall - Emma Schwartz - "LOLLIPOP, LOLLIPOP, OH LOLLI-LOLLI-LOLLI”

9th Place – Overall - Emma SchwartzEmma Schwartz’s work explores how secular and religious cultures intersect and clash. She discusses how the female nude has been over-sexualized causing everyday instances of nudity to be sexualized. She puts the viewer in a voyeuristic position, causing them to question: Who decides when nakedness is shameful? Who decides when it is erotic? Do women have a right to determine if their intimate daily tasks are to be construed as sexual? To combat these questions, she depicts women when they are naked, yet her nudity is not sexual.

She also explores how religious purity culture negatively affects the lives of women who were or are a part of that community. She hopes to represent her own experiences, but also those of other women. She poses with objects that were used as metaphors for purity in her church growing up, one being a bottle of toothpaste. Once it is squeezed out, there is no way to put the toothpaste in or reseal the bottle. This usage of before/after, something forever altered, was a way to promote abstinence in the church and shame women for being sexual beings.

Through the questioning of her faith and exploration of her sexuality and translating those experiences into paintings, Emma Schwartz has shown that women can embrace their sexuality in both religious and sexual cultures.

To learn more about Emma or to see more of her work, please visit her website.   

10th Place – Overall - Helen Coulter - "DON'T BE AN ASS, BE A DONKEY!”

10th Place – Overall - Helen CoulterFrom a young age Helen showed an aptitude for art, growing up in England in a housing estate but surrounded by farms, she fell in love with horses, a love that has lasted and grown stronger. Primarily an equine artist, she also portrays other domestic animals, wildlife and occasionally, human portraiture. Her portfolio now includes, private commissions, original art, Fine Art prints and greeting cards.

Mostly self-taught, she has learnt by feeling her way, by watching and aspiring to other artists and figuring out techniques that suit. Her favourite medium is Acrylic, enjoying the speed that matches her quick thought processes as she paints. Having a thirst for learning, she has now expanded to include, pastels, colour pencils, graphite drawings and her latest obsession, scratch board.

She has work hanging with private clients and collectors Australia wide and overseas, in the United States, Canada, Germany, France and United Kingdom. She has won or been a finalist in many art completions, both online and in person, also invited to show at the World Polo championships and the Emersion Exhibition at the Emirates, Wolgan Valley resort.

Her paintings are often thought to be photographs however they go far beyond a simple shot; each piece is meticulously detailed. Her animals hold you with their steady gaze, they evoke a strong emotional response, you can see their personality and soul which comes from her understanding of the individual animal, it comes from the heart with a passion for art that cannot be denied.

To learn more about Helen and to see more of her work, please visit her website.  

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