13th Annual 100% Pure Florida Juried Exhibition
We decided to move this exhibition to February to ensure an even larger audience of potential patrons! So… the exhibit will take place in 2019! We are excited to see the positive reactions to these changes.
2019 100% Pure Florida Prospectus and Entry Form (entries are closed)
1st Place: $500 and a solo exhibition for Calendar year 2019
SANDY JOHNSON for “Indian River Explorer”
Sponsored by: Barbara & Norm Desrosiers
Smile Design & Wellness Center
2nd Place: $300
JILL HEVERSON for “Shadow and Light”
Sponsored by: John & Susan Hopkins
3rd Place: $200
R. BRETT FREIDAH for “Dragon”
Miller & Hurt Wealth Advisors
Awards of Merit $100@
Ellen Lindner for “Vine Ripened”
sponsored by: John and Darcia Francey, in memory of Ann Jones
Susan Martin for “Fall of Secrets”
sponsored by: Phyllis Shipley & The Soup Shop
Kestrel Michaud for “Brewing Friendship”
sponsored by: North Brevard Art League
Frank Spino for “Colorful Citrus”
sponsored by: Brevard Watercolor Society
Brett Pigon for “After the Rain”
sponsored by: Strawbridge Art League
Dennis Child for “South African Man”
sponsored by: Art & Antique Studio
Ed Scott for “Stetson”
sponsored by: Marlis Newman
(All awards will be based on the best single piece of work as determined by the solo judge.)
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
Gregory Graham Grant, winning entry show notes, 13th Annual 100% Pure Florida
February 1, 2019
1st Place: Indian River Explorer:
A splendid portrait, this painting demonstrates masterful economy of painterly brushwork and beautiful nuanced flesh tones. The artist’s manipulation of light and color temperature along with skillful use of complementary colors create just the right amount of emphasis, which pulls the eye throughout the composition. The positioning of the figure requires the viewer to consider what the child observes, inviting participation in the visual narrative. Indeed, it is the storytelling which earned this work 1
st place in an exhibition filled with superb, accomplished work. The posture of the child, focused intensity, and even the gesture of the hands elicit powerful childhood memories of curiosity, fascination, and imminent discovery.
2nd Place: Shadow & Light
This lovely painting of a bromeliad is a textbook example of the utilization of the Golden Ratio to promote pleasing balance and eye circulation. Analogous colors are expertly used in conjunction with complex light and shadow patterns. The result is a visually arresting interplay of strong shapes and values with subtle colors: bold, yet intimate. The textures and sensitive modeling of the leaves in this piece reveal experienced facility with a paint brush, keen observational skills and a passionate understanding of the subject.
3rd Place: Dragon
This exquisite sculpture is playful, yet hypnotically intimidating. The title “Dragon” perfectly defines this conundrum, much in the same way we are drawn to dangerous things for the fun of it. Anyone who sees this work will be compelled to investigate further. It is only upon close inspection that we begin to appreciate the functional and elegant lines wrought from wood, which has been worked, toned, and finished to perfection. Cast shadows from overhead lighting complete the visual dynamic. This interpretation from insectoid reality is a creative design masterpiece, dazzling with sheer audacity and unparalleled craftsmanship.
Ranju Bacrania, Vanessa Bates, Elizabeth Beattie, Dennis Child, John Cielukowski
Mindy Colton, William D Curry III, Angela Dowin, Ruth Foreman, R. Brett Freidah
Sherry Gorey, Laurie Griffin, Rene Griffith, Nancy C Hagood, Nancy Hamlin-Vogler
Jill Heveron, Sandy Johnson, Jim Kalupa, Laura Kucharyson, Sandy Lillis, Ellen Lindner
Susan Martin, Mike McCuiston, Bobbie McMillan, Kestrel Michaud, Lynn Morgan,
Brett Pigon, Diane Powers-Harris, Rebecca Ragain, Elizabeth S. Redfearn, Susan Rienzo
Ed Scott, Debbie Smith, Katty Smith, Frank Spino, Helen Wheatley
Our 2019 Awards Judge
Gregory Graham Grant is an internationally known portrait and nature artist, with original and published works found in public and private collections throughout the world. During a career beginning at age 9 with his first public art show, Greg has enjoyed popularity as a representational artist, learning early the value of business and networking skills gleaned from watching and listening to savvy artists, teachers, and mentors who had found improbable success in the art world.
After receiving his BFA in Painting with a Drawing minor from East Carolina University in 1982, Greg worked in the art gallery business in the Washington DC area, eventually becoming director of a firm with 10 galleries. Connections afforded by this public exposure led to his first major commission, an official portrait of former US Secretary of Labor William J. Usery. This event launched a full-time career as a professional portrait and nature artist which has spanned 30-plus years. It also allowed him to relocate to the more desirable climate of Central Florida, where he established his studio base from which to conveniently travel for research and commissioned work.
His portrait clients and collectors in addition to William J. Usery, have included such notables as Sheikh Zayed, while President of the United Arab Emirates, Jim Bob Tinsley, western entertainer and writer, former Florida Governor Lawton Chiles, and Betty Jane France, NASCAR matriarch.
Greg’s nature and wildlife works feature birds and endangered species of all types, as well as the familiar landscapes of his homes in Florida and boyhood North Carolina. He has exhibited extensively in outdoor festivals, solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums, and has won numerous awards
for his work. His most prestigious honor was acceptance and participation in “Hunters of the Wild”, an invitational traveling exhibition of the world’s top 35 wildlife artists which debuted in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 1997.
In 1988, Greg founded the ArtQuest School of Art & Design to promote traditional values in representational styles of art. The ArtQuest School and it’s superb instructors have served thousands of students over the last 30 years. A recent partnership with Arts on Granada in downtown Ormond Beach provides a secondary location to his primary studio in rural west Ormond Beach, Florida. Greg has done teaching residencies locally, regionally, and internationally, and has facilitated award-winning outreach
programs for multiple non-profit agencies Greg and his wife Karen enjoy life in Ormond Beach, Florida on their small paso fino horse farm. They enjoy trail riding, travel, and fine dining, and are constantly entertained by their shorty Jack Russell terrier, Lucy.