My awards for the 31st Tephra ICA Festival (formerly Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival)

ByMary E. Alvarez

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Now in its 31st calendar year, the Tephra ICA Competition (previously Northern Virginia Good Arts Competition) will get location on May well 20–22, 2022 and will highlight more than 200 artists and artisans from across the country. Drawing upon a sturdy exhibitor and collector foundation coupled with Tephra ICA’s present-day art foundation, the Pageant has turn out to be 1 of the region’s most predicted situations, attracting around 30,000 people to the one of a kind, outdoor surroundings of Reston City Center.

Facts below.

I juried this competition a couple decades back, and have participated in it many occasions over the a long time, perhaps 25 or 26 times out of the 31 many years, and I have received a ton of awards in excess of the several years – I utilized yet again this 12 months and obtained rejected, which is Ok, considering that there are new jurors each year, and rejection is portion of an artist’s lifetime.

It is a excellent show!

This year’s jurors will select the award winners when the pageant opens – but as standard, I would like to operate by them on the web and award my own awards.

You can see the artists here and make up your individual awardees… my first observation is that (as standard), this display is seriously tilting in the direction of the craft side – it is relatively of a trademark for Reston, and because the starting it has additional additional and additional jewellery, furnishings, and many others. at the cost of the high-quality arts. There are about 30 jewelers in the group! And they are all truly good!

But, did I sound elitist or what? Sorry…

And the awards go to…

Most effective Portray Award: Jill Banking institutions – Booth 943 – A correct illustration of the 10,000 hour rule Banking companies is a grasp and her perform demonstrates it. Tough class with 37 painters right here – all seriously good with notable ones these types of as the beautifully talented Ann Barbieri, Jon Smith, Cassie Taggart and some others.

Very best Images Award – Landscape pictures dominates, which is to be envisioned, and (as I have famous for decades now) I tire of viewing images of crumbling properties in Havana and previous 1950s vehicles – you should! More than enough! If you wanna choose pictures of Cuba, go someplace else other than Havana! Probably photograph some of the heroes who usually get to the streets to protest the brutality of Communism! 

James McArthur Cole is making an attempt challenging to head in the ideal direction, and he has some amazing Cuban shots, these kinds of as the one particular down below – but I deduct two details for just about every image of an previous car.

Cuba 60 by James McArthur Cole
Cuba 60 by James McArthur Cole

But John Deng – Booth 317 – stands out! His wonderful images are equally adept at capturing immensely unique landscapes as nicely as the variety of the human species.

Honey Gatherers by John Deng
Honey Gatherers by John Deng

Photo by John Deng at Tephra 2022 Festival
Photograph by John Deng at Tephra 2022 ICA Competition

John Scanlan’s shots of Scotland are amazing, but then once again, Scotland is perhaps the most lovely place on the world! Nevertheless Deng will take my “Greatest Pictures Award.”

Ideal Strange Artwork AwardGreg Stones – Booth 523 – Greg notes that his “essential system is this: Paint a landscape. Then insert weird stuff.” It operates! They are immensely interesting paintings.

Most effective Craft Award: Mick Whitcomb – Booth 816 – Specializes in a single-of-a-form furnishings and lighting made from architectural and industrial salvage – the variety of stuff that some connect with “steampunk.”  The function is clever and special and significantly outshines (no pun meant) the category rivals.

Fan Light Fixture by Mick Whitcomb
Admirer Light Fixture by Mick Whitcomb

Very best Drawing Award – Straightforward select right here with the complicated drawings of Susan Deaton in booth 423. She notes that her get the job done is about “conceptualization of social and environmental challenges as a result of the use of symbolic images.” Methinks there’s a whole lot of Lovecraft in there as very well.

Very best Glass Award – The DMV is home to a few of the very best known glass artists on the world, and as a result a magnet position for artists of this genre.  The function of David Sandidge stands out… some of the whimsical parts remind me of Carmen Lozar’s early perform.  Sandidge is obviously a master of this most demanding of all arts.

Glass art by David Sandidge
Glass artwork by David Sandidge

I will announce the Best in Demonstrate winner when I take a look at the clearly show in individual up coming thirty day period!


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