The amount of sass, side eye, mirth, and MOOD in these works is outstanding. We are thrilled to present this animal-themed art exhibition featuring artists from around the world as they show us their take on Animals with Attitude.
Congratulations to each artist whose work was accepted into Wild Heart Gallery's "MOOD. Animals with Attitude" international juried art exhibition!
It is the goal of Wild Heart Gallery to support and promote animal and wildlife artwork in a wide range of genres and styles.
Artwork for this exhibition was selected by jury based on theme, originality, skill, and quality of work. Jurors were Sarah Soward, Sharon Eisley, and Ashli Kingfisher.
Awards: Best in Show, Overall Runner Up, Overall Honorable Mentions, and Special Merit Awards.
There is also a collection of works that are selected but not awarded.
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BEST IN SHOW
Art is Dead, by Anna Ganina 36 x 48 in, Acrylic, marble powder on canvas
For the judges, the paint quality, adept addition of marble powder, multiple painting techniques that still come together cohesively, color use, textures (both replicated and in paint), and overflowing mood of this one secured it Best in Show. It is an all around great painting that fits the theme solidly. The use of an "animeople" rather than a giraffe that is wholly a giraffe works here for the message of the piece. Given that one of our judges, Sharon Eisley, has a long history of animeople painting, it is even more impressive that this genre of art did so well in MOOD. Eisley's experience with this genre honed her very discerning eye for it.
From the artist, "This provocative artwork depicts a giraffe human holding her paint brushes, standing next to an easel. The artwork says, "Aren't you a nosey little f&#@er?" While the artwork itself doesn't explicitly say 'Art is dead,' it can be interpreted as a commentary on the state of contemporary art. This painting prompts viewers to question art's value, purpose, and significance in today's society."
OVERALL RUNNER UP
Bite Life, by Laura Berman Limited edition prints up to 24in x 30in, Photography (Canon 5D M2)
From the artist, "A very confident goat."
Bite Life gives the viewer an avalanche of mood. From composition to lighting choices to textures and how they scream against each other, this goat is a Whole Mood.
I'm Taking the Last Remaining Meadow to Safety, by Michele Ardito 40x50 cm, Acrylic on canvas
From the artist, "A fish rescues the last patch of meadow left after an environmental disaster, in an attempt to save what's left of nature."
OVERALL HONORABLE MENTIONS
Congratulations to our Overall Honorable Mention winners, Sondra Rosenberg, Peter Barnes, Monica Diaz, Christine O'Dell-Ferguson, Rebecca Robbe, Tricia Beal, Michele Ardito, Shawna Hinkel, Alexis Krasilovsky, and Washington Rhodes.
SPECIAL MERIT AWARDS
Congratulations to our Special Merit Award winners, Washington Rhodes, Heather Cudworth, Heidi Weaver, Collin Douma, Doug Testa, Linda McClure, Christine O'Dell-Ferguson, Shae Irving, Sabrina Skinner, and Michele Ardito.
Sometimes we receive so many works that speak to us that we create an additional area in our virtual shows for works that are Selected but not awarded.
Congratulations to our Selected Works artists, Marissa Rotellini, Laura Berman, Kirsten Kainz, Anne Anthony, Rebecca Robbe, and Sondra Rosenberg.
Best in Show receives $100 cash award and promotion on the following: Art Base, Art Week, Wild Heart Gallery’s (WHG's) growing social media and other online media channels, WHG's eNewsletter, and WHG's home page (for duration of the exhibition).
All award recipients receive promotion on Wild Heart Gallery’s (WHG's) growing social media/other online media channels and WHG's eNewsletter and inclusion in a virtual group exhibition that lasts at least one month.