Congratulations to all of the participants and winners of our Primer Anual Concurso de Arte - the first annual ÀNI Art Academies Dominicana Community Art Competition and Exhibition!
Every year, we host an art competition and gallery exhibition for the many talented artists of our community, offering award certificates, cash prizes, and the opportunity to exhibit in our Studio A gallery! Thank you to El Bohemio restaurant for providing this years catered lunch. If you missed it this year, we hope to see you at next years event!
Thank you to all of the artists, staff, and community members who helped to make this years event a great success. It's my pleasure to announce the 2023 award winners:
First Place - Miguelina Almonte
Second Place - Joel Herrera
Third Place - Genesis Gil
Academy Choice Award - Emilio Hernandez
Youth Artist Award - Maya Mensen
"Portrait of Olive" is finally in her frame and off to the gallery! This is the first frame I've ever built from scratch, and I did all in the new frame shop at ÀNI Art Academies Dominicana! This was the first frame that was built there. I started with a test corner to try out the new tools and materials, then once I felt happy with the results I was getting I went ahead and built the whole thing.
I'm really liking the new frame shop space, and I have some more exciting frame projects in progress. Stay tuned!
Great News! I'm very excited to announce that my painting, The Journeyman, won best of show at the 13th May Show at Lakeland! I wasn't able to be there in person but I got plenty of pictures of the beautiful venue and great artwork from friends and family. The last time I entered work into the May Show was in 2019 also with a self portrait. That same self portrait appears in The Journeyman and shows some of the progress I've made over the last few years on my journey towards mastery. Thanks to gallery director Mary Urbas, juror Claudia Berlinski, and my mother for accepting the award on my behalf.
It's been a busy few weeks! I enjoyed participating in several online exhibitions and competitions with a variety of interesting themes.
It's always exciting to find a themed show that's a good match for one of my paintings. Here you can see there were a few!: still life, figurative, and domestic animal art.
I'm very happy to have won a merit award and two honorable mentions. Thank you to Teravarna, Light Space & Time, and Wild Heart galleries for the opportunity to participate!
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the ÀNI Art Academies booth we presented at the annual Maratón del Campo. We are excited to have had the opportunity to share an example of the ÀNI experience with our community here in Río San Juan. A great big thank you to all of the artists and staff who volunteered! Great work everyone!