Four Artists from Online Art Gallery MadeInHaliburton.ca Receive Awards

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Four artists from the online art gallery MadeInHaliburton.ca have received awards for their visual and literary art works.

Four artists from the online art gallery MadeInHaliburton.ca have received awards for their visual and literary art works. Congratulations go out to each of them for the hard work and dedication it takes to reach this level of artistry.

Author and watercolourist Janis Cox has received the award for children’s books at The Word Awards, held annually by The Word Guild. Janis was honoured for her book Tadeo Turtle at The Word Awards Gala, held June 12 at World Vision in Mississauga. Janis both wrote and illustrated this creative children’s book.

“The Word Guild has inspired me to challenge myself to write,” says the Haliburton resident. “My knowledge of writing, editing and publishing has grown through the workshops, connections and advice I’ve gained at the Guild’s annual Write! Canada conference.”

The story of Tadeo Turtle carries an important message to the young reader. Tadeo longs to be different. Through an exciting adventure involving fellow animals and certain danger, Tadeo learns to accept the way in which he was created.

Pat Reynolds, another artist affiliated with MadeInHaliburton.ca, won an Honourable Mention Award at the Art Gallery of Bancroft’s 31st Annual Juried Exhibition for her work titled “Autumn Birches”. The judge said, “I love superior craftsmanship and this one has it in spades. It’s a really unique take on a traditional scene, with wonderful attention to detail: the subtle shades of colour in the leaves with some of them poking out beyond the matting; the authentic-looking bark of the birch trees – some of it even peeling. And the artist takes care to work out a really interesting and cleverly crafted abstract background that provides a fine foil for the foreground scene.” The same can be said for all of the work done by this artist. The reader can judge for themselves by viewing more of her work on the online art gallery.

Shelley Beach won an Award of Merit for the second year in a row for her submission, “On a Clear Day I Can See Forever”, to the Aquavision 2013 Art Exhibition. The show was juried by Phil Richards, the artist who was commissioned to paint the Diamond Jubilee Portrait of Queen Elizabeth. This is a prestigious show of the art of members of the Toronto Watercolour Society of Painters. The Toronto Watercolour Society of Painters has made a lengthy contribution to the rich artistic history of the arts in Toronto for over 26 years. There are 300 accomplished painters who are members.

Tracey Lee Green received an honourable mention for one of the two pieces she had accepted to the Art Gallery of Bancroft’s annual show. The piece is titled “Old Mill Tweed and is 16” by 24”. It is now on display in the tea shop she owns, Mama G’s Tea, in the village of Haliburton, Ontario, Canada.

More work by each of these award winning artists are available for viewing on the online art gallery MadeInHaliburton.ca.

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