Spotlight: Florida Inspiration and Breaking Through with Color Award Winners

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Five artists received awards for works featured in two of the exhibitions that are currently hosted by the NAA and on view at The von Liebig Art Center.
The exhibitions are Florida Inspiration and Breaking Through with Color: Artists Explore the Power of Color.
Tanya Trinkaus Glass, Coco-nuts
Florida inspiration asked artists to consider all of the features unique to Florida that have dazzled explorers, dreamers and artists for centuries. Using features and facets of Florida as inspiration, artists created many great works of art in myriad media.
Breaking Through with Color: Artists Explore the Power of Color is about showing the power and force of color within art. Color has an influential place in our lives. It can alter our emotions, affect our thoughts and inspire new ideas. Color can be pleasing and create a sense of calm serenity or it can be just the opposite. Some colors or combinations of colors can cause agitation and even make us feel uncomfortable. In Breaking Through with Color, the challenge to each artists was to be inspired by, and represent, the power of color to influence.
Five artist recevied awards for works featured in two of the exhibitions.  The Breaking Through with Color exhibit  included First Place winner Patricia Place Caldwell for Juice & Fruit, Best of Show winner Veronica Benning for Sunflower Bouquest on Coral in Vase. Two honorable mentions went to Leigh Herndon and Tanya Trinkaus Glass.  The Florida Inspiration award winners included Tanya Trinkaus Glass whose work Coco-Nuts won for Bold Spontanity; Beth Wiese’s work Untitled I for Innovation-Experiment and Yelizebeth Herrera whose work Origin for Technical Achievement.
Beth Weise, Untitled I
Beth Weise, Untitled I
The winners from the Florida Inspiration exhibit were: Tanya Trinkaus Glass  whose work Coco-Nuts won in the Bold Spontaneity category, Beth Wiese whose work Untitled I won in the Innovation – Experiment category, and Yelizabet Herrera whose work Origin won in the Technical Achievement category.
Tanya Trinkaus Glass lives in Naples with her husband and their Golden Doodle and summers in Barrington, Rhode Island. She is a plein air, studio, and figural painter, always playing and experimenting with different media. In her art, Tanya is continually experimenting to find the best way to express herself in order to communicate her visions, her inner soul, and her impressions. Beth Wiese is an artist and sculptor whose work, Untitled I, won the Innovation – Experiment category.
Yelizabeth Herrera believes that as long as you believe in yourself, you will get to see
Yelizabet Herrera, Origin

Yelizabet Herrera, Origin

that bright light appear on the horizon just for you! She sees the power of choice and believes that it is always your choice to make “it” better. She says, “You can become that small grain of sand that became that Amazing Beautiful Pearl”!

The winners from the Breaking Through With Color exhibition were: Patricia Place Caldwell whose work Juice & Fruit won First Place and Veronica Benning for Sunflower Bouquet on Coral in Vase, which won Best of Show. Honorable mentions went to Leigh Herndon for her work Layers and Tanya Trinkaus Glass for her work Summer Sail.
Patricia Place Caldwell prefers to use simple composition, tense color relationships and flat surfaces. She says, “Subtraction is conceptually more interesting and poetic than expression, hence the isolation of the objects [in my work]. She uses compressed space to generate intimacy between the viewed and viewer while luminous shadows formulate the external light.
Veronica Benning taught for thirteen years as Associate Professor of Painting at the Maine College of Art in Portland Maine and as Instructor at the University of Maine. In her work, she uses oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, ink and graphite. She often works from the still-life or landscape to produce the over-all color condition. For her, painting is the beauty of one pot of color with another in size, shape, and position relationships. She considers painting a study. She describes the importance of painting as a process and appreciates Wolf Kahn’s description of beautiful color as a “crab like” and “sideways” discovery. She and Kahn believe painting with color is sideways, because it is a trial and error process. As a painting changes, the painter discovers possibilities and makes choices.