“Primary Colors” Art Exhibition 2022 – Overall Category

The Overall Winning Artists Category consists of the 12 Best Entries received from the 3 media categories of the Painting & Other Media Category, the Photography & Digital Category and the 3 Dimensional Category. 

The winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of October 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 4th Annual "Primary Colors" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion. 

Congratulations to our artists who made our 4th Annual “Primary Colors” 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 12 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 “Primary Colors” Home Page click here.

1st Place – Overall - Cher Pruys - "BUBBLE GUM WISHES”

1st-Place-OA-133-POM.-Cher-Pruys-BUBBLE-GUM-WISHES-.bCher 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, please visit her website.

2nd Place – Overall – Laura Cochran - "THE CONVERSATION AT THE COCKTAIL PARTY”

2nd-Place-OA-11-PD.-Laura-Cochran-THE-CONVERSATION-AT-THE-COCKTAIL-PARTY-.bLaura Cochran took up photography in 2018 when she retired at the age of 56 to the beautiful island of Cozumel, Mexico. Although Laura tries a variety of styles, she often leans into minimalism, as it provides a serene, expansive feeling when done right. She tries to impart these qualities through her photos. In addition to a multi-month exhibit in Cozumel, Laura’s photos have been honored in a variety of juried international art shows.

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

3rd Place – Overall - Grace E. Haggard - "SANTANA”

3rd-Place-OA-101-POM.-Grace-E.-Haggard-SANTANA-.bGrace has been painting professionally for 9 years. She is a self-taught artist. She enjoys experimenting with different subject matters, techniques, and tools transforming traditional paintings into abstract ones. She uses a broad range of materials, techniques, and processes, sometimes combining traditional craft with contemporary art and designs in innovative ways. She uses bold acrylic colors in most of her paintings, which could be a combination of metallic markers, watercolor, and oil paints on canvas, granite, plexiglass or Styrofoam.

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

4th Place – Overall - Greg Bolger - "COME SIT A SPELL”

4th-Place-OA-72-PD.-Greg-Bolger-COME-SIT-A-SPELL-.bGreg Bolger was born in the French community of Blanc Sablon in the province of Quebec in Canada. He spent his early childhood in Quebec before moving to Labrador City in the province of Newfoundland & Labrador. After finally settling down in St. John's, the capital city of NL, he began to appreciate the unique cultural proclivities of an island people who had spent over 500 years isolated from mainland Canada. The language, customs, and mannerisms that have thrived on the island of Newfoundland have had a profound influence on the development of Greg's photographic style and subject matter. The colorful row houses (known as Jellybean Row by locals) have inspired a love of bright, bold imagery that attracts the viewers’ attention and overwhelms the ocular senses. In a land that oftentimes is fogbound or subjected to driving rain and wind the bright colors of the row houses clinging tightly together on the steep downtown streets brings a sense of closeness and community that kindles a warm glow in the hearts of Newfoundlanders.

To learn more about Greg and to see more of his work, he can be reached via his Email.  

5th Place – Overall - Winnie Chrzanowski - "'59 CADDY”

5th-Place-OA-87-PD.-Winnie-Chrzanowski-59-CADDY-.bWhen I retired from my job of 30 years in the defense industry, I traveled to Ethiopia and carried my Canon PowerShot with me everywhere I went. I knew how to use it on automatic and took some fair snapshots. Seemed good enough until our trip guide/photographer said "I can show you how to use that camera better." That was it; we traveled and shot. He talked and demonstrated; I listened and learned. I got home and bought a DSLR. The rest is history.

I enjoy taking photos and then seeing how to make a mundane subject look not so ordinary. Photography is a way for me to see the world with new eyes. It allows me to capture details and moments that are fleetingly experienced. With photography, I can freeze time. The photographic process makes me stop and think, makes me survey the area before I get behind the viewfinder, makes me look deeper into the subject matter at hand. Through photography, I’ve seen many new things – even in my neighborhood – and met many interesting people. Photography helps me keep my sanity in an ever-changing world.

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

6th Place – Overall - Jose Cardenas - "BOTTLE CAPS”

6th-Place-OA-74-POM.-Jose-Cardenas-BOTTLE-CAPS-.bMy name is J. Cardenas and in this Triptych painting I aim to capture a balanced composition focused on strategically placed, colorful bottle caps.

I am an Artist, born and raised in Miami, Florida. I received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and a Minor in Art History from FIU. I’ve had a passion for Art for as long as I can remember.

After many years of learning, experimenting and practicing, I could not keep myself from wanting to create it all. I’ve been asked if I am a landscape artist or an abstract artist but I can’t put a specific label on myself. I end up saying I do a little of everything because it was all interesting and challenging in their own way…

So, in 2021, I created my very own YouTube channel. This gave me the freedom to create anything and everything I wanted while I teach/give advice on what I am working on. From painting, drawing, wood cutouts, working with crayons, markers, pens, video and audio editing, digital art software, to learning how to work with a camera, the creative possibilities became endless for me.

To learn more about Jose and to see more of his work, please visit his website.  

7th Place – Overall - Barbara Sheppard - "ANGLES”

7th-Place-OA-36-PD.-Barbara-Sheppard-ANGLES-.bBarbara Sheppard is a self-taught amateur photographer who chose photography as her creative outlet when she retired. She likes to try various techniques and genres in the photographic medium with a keen interest in abstract, nature, minimalism and architecture. She uses her minimalist approach to photography to look closer at the design and composition of nature and built structures. She is inspired by many famous photographers and artists including Rothko, Georgia O'Keefe, Michael Kenna, Uta Barth. Barbara's style is very organic as she tries to document the subject in a different way to the way most people see it. She is attracted to subjects enhanced by the lighting and the way light and shadow create so many different shapes, moods and abstract images. Her post processing is minimal and completed in Lightroom.

At present she belongs to Len Metcalf's Photography School(Australia) where she has gained many lessons in art and photography through weekly exercises, challenges and Zoom meetings. Barbara has exhibited successfully at 2 exhibitions and will be involved in her 3rd exhibition in March 2023. Belonging to a local photographic club also gives her access to knowledgeable members who share ideas and a has chance to enter competitions to showcase her work.

To learn more about Barbara and to see more of her work, she can be reached via her Email.   

8th Place – Overall - Robert Obier - "CONSTELLATION”

8th-Place-OA-8-3d.-Robert-Obier-CONSTELLATION-.bRobert Obier is an award winning artist. His work as an architect/designer/illustrator has been featured in numerous exhibitions, magazines and web articles. His high tech sculptural designs have appeared on network television and were selected for a “location shoot” in a major motion picture. His range of eclectic influences include the organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, the explorations of geometry in nature by Andy Goldsworthy and the theatrical creations of Industrial light and Magic for a time long ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Robert’s work explores the intersections and obscures the boundaries between architecture, industrial design and art. Each piece is as much a realization of an abstract design concept as it is a unique work of three-dimensional art. The final sculpted artwork is derived from an initial “hand drawn” sketch. The preliminary shapes are explored and refined through multiple iterations as 3-d computer models. From creation through completion this dichotomy of ‘handmade’ and ‘computer generated’ informs the development and execution of the work.

Robert Obier was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he now resides. He received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from LSU in 1981 and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design in 2007.

To learn more about Robert, please visit his website.

9th Place – Overall - Catherine King - "HOT AIR”

9th-Place-OA-1-PD.-Catherine-King-HOT-AIR-.bCatherine King is an American digital artist and photographer based in Northern Nevada. She strives to tell stories through decorative, historical, and inspirational art work. Her goal is to engage her viewer’s imaginations, getting them to linger a little longer picking out a detail or a story in one of her pieces. Stories, histories, fantasies from childhood, over-the-top cinema, art history, literature, and music with clever lyrics are all her inspirations. Second only to creating art, she is inspired by her travels around the world. In her imaginative and aware world, the smallest thing may trigger what she calls her overactive imagination. Each piece is ultimately true to the courageous and tenacious woman she strives to be; true to her life journey.

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

10th Place – Overall - Syl Arena - "COLRIN”

10th-Place-OA-67-PD.-Syl-Arena-COLRIN-.bSyl Arena is a California-based artist known for his use of energetic color and his explorations of how the camera’s mechanical vision captures scenes that lie beyond the horizon of human vision. In a manner that echoes the work of Bauhaus artists, Arena's "Constructed Voids" emerge from his obsession with the interaction of surface, color, and shadow in his studio work.

Revealing the specificity of assembled materials provides no satisfaction. Rather, the vision of Arena's contorted 4x5 view camera intentionally belies the scene before the lens. Arena create photographs as anti-documents that offer connections to un-seeable spaces. He positions the ‘Voids’ as ethereal landscapes—sublime, yet otherworldly and embraces the idea that their visual ambiguity invites interpretation. Their titles are fabricated words intended to strip away narrative connotation, thereby encouraging meditative consideration.

Many mistakenly see these photographs as computer-generated. Certainly, they present non-photographic qualities—luminescent colors, shifting figure-ground relationships, shadows that randomly change hue, and zigzags that suggest glitches in digital code. The physical truth is that the ‘Voids’ originate as tabletop constructs of paper, plastic, glass, and metal illuminated with stage lights. When hues merge, shifts in perception occur where the construct casts shadows onto itself that reveal just one of the parent colors. In more recent works, substrates create mystery by absorbing light internally and radiating it elsewhere.

To learn more about Syl and to see more of his work, please visit his website.

11th Place – Overall - Magi Allis Leland - "CUBAN PRIDE”

11th-Place-OA-118-POM.-Magi-Allis-Leland-CUBAN-PRIDE-.bSurrounded by natural environs and adults ranging in interests from engineering to music, arts and sciences, Magi’s childhood imagination flourished. She was drawn to anthropology in college and to jewelry making after college, seeking a livelihood that afforded creativity and financial stability. Magi owned her own goldsmith/hand engraving business from, 1989-2000, after which she developed her interests in natural healing and fine art painting. While studying with master painters: Stan Moeller, and Dennis Perrin, Magi practiced Reiki healing.

Magi has created and taught numerous art workshops since 2009. While devoting herself to painting, she also plays piano, and writes poetry with regional poets. Magi’s paintings are exhibited throughout New England and in private collections across the country. Magi is preparing work for the Jewish Museum, in Portland, Maine. The two person show opens in October, 2023.

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

12th Place – Overall - Peter Connolly - "A STOP AT CHURCH”

12th-Place-OA-21-PD.-Peter-Connolly-A-STOP-AT-CHURCH-.bBiography: Peter Connolly studied at Newcastle; NSW, Art College in the late 1970s. Soon after Peter chose Photography as his medium of creative expression as an Artist. During the 1980s his photography was published in Australian Camera Craft magazine in several combined manuscripts. After a break from Photography and Art through the 90s, due to ill health, Peter was back to his medium in the 2000s, graduating from film, to digital photography and also digital art via computer post editing. Peter has won a number of Honorable mention awards over the last 6 years in online Art competitions.

Artist Statement: As an Artist working with photography, I’m always looking for combination and juxtaposition in my art. I like using bold colours that stand out and represent expressions of my inner personality that I try to reflect in my photography. I’m very design oriented in my images, and the same can be said with my digital artworks. I like to harness the fundamentals of Art and take my imagery to levels that portray the changing appearances of today’s landscape features and architecture in the world that I see popping up all around me.

To learn more about Peter and to see more of his work, he can be reached via his Email.

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