At the end of every year, we announce our Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery “Year in Review” recap. In this annual feature we again highlight and promote again the gallery’s top winning artists for the 12 individual monthly art exhibitions and any other special online art exhibitions the gallery conducted, which in 2022 included the gallery’s “Summer 555” art exhibition.

In 2022, the gallery received more than 9,043+ entries for our art competitions and the following artist’s and their art are what we consider to be the best entries from our online themed exhibitions. 

The gallery received a broad array of media and artistic styles throughout the year.  We tried to showcase the various media received in our art exhibitions and we hope that you will take some time to view the various exhibitions that we have posted in our Gallery Archives.

Please enjoy reading about these extremely talented artists.

“Cityscapes” – January 2022 – Jeffrey Friedkin - "Urban Mirror”

“Cityscapes” – January 2022 – Jeffrey Friedkin - "Urban Mirror”Jeffrey 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 is the Chairman of the Public Relations Committee and serves on the Salmagundi Board and Photography Committee.

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 and is held in private collections and clubs. A series of his photographs have been acquired by the Yuko Nii permanent collection at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY and Corcoran Realty of Westchester.

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.

Jeffrey’s website is www.jeffreyfriedkin.com  

“All Women – February 2022 – Sophie Parkhill - "Crabtivated”

“All Women – February 2022 – Sophie Parkhill - "Crabtivated”I am a self-taught wildlife & portrait artist in North Wales, UK. With only a small amount of basic school art studied, I rekindled my love for art back in 2019 with a Blue Jay painting after being inspired by Jason Morgan. It was then, that I realised I wanted to aim for realism with my work, in the hopes of one day achieving hyper-realism in my work.

Predominantly I focus on wildlife, whilst also taking on pet portrait commissions. However, since the lockdowns began, I decided to push myself to work on something outside of my comfort zone, which included a range of human portraits. These gained a lot of appreciation from fellow artists and followers and ultimately started a new journey of human portrait commissions being taken alongside my animal commissions.

Through 2021, just 2 years after beginning my art again, I have become a member of the Association of Animal Artists, gained several awards and exhibited in several exhibitions across the UK. Including the very prestigious Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition in London.

Sophie’s website is www.spwildlifeart.com

 “Abstracts” – March 2022 – Harrie Handler - "The Melting of Winter”

“Abstracts” – March 2022 – Harrie Handler - "The Melting of Winter”Harrie still resides in her birthplace of Tucson, Arizona. After attending one photography class in high school, she decided to pursue a career in teaching art. During her university years, she studied with master photographers Jack Welpott, Todd Walker, and Harold Jones and was inspired by their work. Her volunteer work at the UA Center for Creative Photography allowed her the opportunity to meet Ansel Adams.

Harrie began a teaching career after graduation, teaching high school photography for seven years in the Tucson Unified School District during the day, and Art for Personal Development at night for Pima Community College. Her teaching continued for another 21 years. After retirement, she was contracted to lead two commercial interior design projects, and was able to concentrate on her painting which is now her preferred art form. While her original emphasis was oil painting, she currently paints mostly in acrylic.

In her abstract paintings and photography, Harrie is inspired daily by the shapes and forms, textures, shadows and color seen in reflections of water, clouds, human figures, peeling paint, wood and ordinary objects. She is an active member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild (SAWG), Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona (CASA), Contemporary Art Society (CAS), Southern Arizona Artist Guild (SAAG) and the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP).

See more of Harrie’s work on her website.

“Botanicals” – April 2022 – Stephen Kenneth Hackley - "Reverence”

“Botanicals” – April 2022 – Stephen Kenneth Hackley - "Reverence”Stephen is a native of Des Moines, Iowa who moved to Texas at the age of 4. Taking art classes in school was a beginning for Stephen, including achieving a major art award at the young age of 14. However, he did not immerse himself into his career as a painter until the mid-90's after becoming inspired by the work of renowned American subliminal artist Jim Warren.

“I am really interested in evoking an emotional response from my work using color, motion, texture and form and even elements such as rock and metal right on the canvas. I want my art to touch people and bring some beauty and joy into their surroundings. I truly believe the essence of what an artist does is create.”

Stephen was twice given the distinction as one of the top 50 floral painters in the world by the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation, where twice his work traveled to galleries and museums across the US with the exhibits. He has a 7-panel reproduction spanning 15 feet wide and a 12-foot original both purchased by the M Crowd (owners of Mi Cocina Restaurant) in the Mi Cocina in the Ft. Worth Hulen area.

He has been invited to Art Monaco and shown at the Redwood Media Group's family of world-renowned art shows. His work has also been represented by the Main Street Gallery in Aspen, is in ADC Fine Art in Cincinnati, Ohio and Art on 7th in Henderson, North Carolina.

Stephen’s website is www.hackleyfineart.com

“Figurative” – May 2022 – Linda McCord - "Funny Pages”

“Figurative” – May 2022 – Linda McCord - "Funny Pages”Linda McCord is best known for her figurative work in watercolor and acrylic paintings. The series of watercolors titled, Family, focuses on lighting, texture, and unusual composition. McCord says, “My work is more mathematical than emotional. I focus on shapes and design.” Her work has been described as abstract realism. Linda McCord is a signature member of International Society of Acrylic Painters, Northwest Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association and Georgia Watercolor Society. Her paintings have been published in several books and she has won numerous international awards. She recently won the Gold Award for her series of watercolors, “In the 90’s” and was featured at the MiKiHASi, Memories, and international film featuring this series.

Linda’s website is www.lindamccord.com

“Animals” – June 2022 – Scott D Ferguson - "The Red Throne”

“Animals” – June 2022 – Scott D Ferguson - "The Red Throne”Scott Ferguson was born in 1982; his earliest and fondest memories were of his mother teaching him how to hold a pencil and draw animals. Growing up in a family of artists and craftsmen Scott's passion for art only grew from childhood as he went on to obtain his BA in Animation. Originally a sequential artist and digital painter for fifteen years in the comic and gaming industry, he found the importance of composition, conceptual development, and creating a story through his work. These base fundamentals he learned would eventually lead him to oil painting.

Drawn to the brilliant works of impressionism done by old and modern masters, Scott uses an array of wet on wet techniques prioritizing thick brushstrokes, lighting, and a limited palette in his paintings. Growing up in old colonial and Victorian homes surrounded by the wilderness of Pennsylvania, Scott's interest in historic architecture, memorabilia, and animals are reflected in his work creating a contrast in his portraits of threatened and endangered wildlife.

Scott’s website is http://scottferguson.net

“Open” – July 2022 – Jeffrey Friedkin - "On the Town”

“Open” – July 2022 – Jeffrey Friedkin - "On the Town”Jeffrey 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.

“Summer 555” – July 5 – September 5, 2022 – Cher Pruys - "Girls Girls Girls”

“Summer 555” – July 5 – September 5, 2022 – Cher Pruys - "Girls Girls Girls”"To take my inner visions with my hands and create a work of art for you the viewer .... That is the ultimate in self-expression."

Cher 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.

“Seascapes” – August 2022 – Mike DeCesare - "Storm at Sea”

“Seascapes” – August 2022 – Mike DeCesare - "Storm at Sea”Photography is my first language, and I try to speak softly, using color, light and tone to wrap the viewer in a moment, an insight, an emotion, and a love and respect for the earth. I alone capture and develop every digital negative, taking precaution to do no harm and leave no trace in the environment."

I started taking pictures as a child, using a Kodak film camera. I evolved into medium format film photography for all of its spectacular clarity.  That meant I was “late” to digital capture, not making the transition until digital technology advanced far enough to make it truly enlightened. 

In college, television/film was my focus and became my career choices for decades, even while photography was always near; often, I integrated my images into project work.  Finally, photography became the focal point of my work, and I have fused it with my love and respect for the outdoors.

My fine art photography explores the interactions of people and nature, from an abandoned cabin in a forest landscape to a doorway in an urban landscape to a billowing storm at sea.  Everywhere there is nature’s grandeur and nature’s fury, and mankind’s imprints and interactions. 

In my work, the viewer is invited inside the image, to see, feel, judge and create their own interpretation and emotional bond.  

Mike’s website is http://prophotonorthwest.com

“Landscapes” – September 2022 – Mary McKenna Ridge - "Switzerland Respite”

“Landscapes” – September 2022 – Mary McKenna Ridge - "Switzerland Respite”Mary is a Photographer/Artist living in New York City at the Westbeth Artists' Housing Complex. She holds a Master's Degree in Graphic Communications from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y., has studied at the International Center of Photography, at N.Y.U., and at the School of Visual Arts, all in Manhattan. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from Edinboro University, PA. Mary has worked as an Art Instructor in NYC Junior High Schools and as a Graphic Designer in addition to her Photographic work.

Mary has designed many book jackets for publishing companies, and also works in watercolor and pen and ink. Mary shoots in color and black and white, using digital full frame, as well as 35 mm SLR. She has photographed throughout Europe and Asia, and much of the United States.

Mary’s website is http://marymckennaridgephotography.squarespace.com

“Patterns, Textures & Forms” – October 2022 – Lillian Anna Blouin - "Disordered Mind”

“Patterns, Textures & Forms” – October 2022 – Lillian Anna Blouin - "Disordered Mind”An award-winning artist and devoted student of hyper-realism Lillian Anna Blouin’s unique style of painting seeks to bridge together the worlds of the real and the unreal. Each piece is a surreal exploration of everyday objects with multiple interpretations behind each painting. Lillian received her BA in Illustration from Laguna College of Art and Design. After showcasing in several southern California galleries she was inspired to pursue an MFA in painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has been an exhibitor in the internationally acclaimed Festival of the Arts since 2013. Other exhibitions include the LAAA’s National Survey Exhibition in Los Angles and the National Juried Small Works Exhibition in Clifton Springs, NY.

Lillian’s website is www.lillianannablouin.com

 “Primary Colors” – November 2022 – Cher Pruys - "Bubble Gum Wishes”

“Primary Colors” – November 2022 – Cher Pruys - "Bubble Gum Wishes”Cher 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.

“Nature” – December 2022 – Lynette Orzlowski - "The Encounter”

“Nature” – December 2022 – Lynette Orzlowski - "The Encounter”Lynette Orzlowski’s artistic practice has been driven from an early age to paint, with a love of animals and a passion for horses.

The paintings are an impressionistic style, though many elements within the works hold true to subtle notations of realism, walking the line between loose movements and textures, to fine detail and anatomical correctness.

Using a wide array of different techniques, mixing the texture and variety of mediums to express an individual body of work. With the main focus of Lynette's work being to explore the different notions and relations ships between humans and animals, in particular the horse. This long standing partnership between man and animal is one of great significance, not only with the everyday but into the realm of fantasy.

With Lynette’s own understanding for this partnership, having resided in the rural outskirts of Victoria, herself being surrounded by the direct importance the roll of the horse still plays in everyday life she is able to draw first hand on this as a major source of inspiration.

Lynette’s website is www.orzlowski.com.

Congratulations to our Top Winning Artists for 2022 - Your Works are Magical and Stunning! Thank you.

2022 Year in Review – Our Top Winning Artists

 

 

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