30 March 2017

Women in the Arts Awards 2017



Mel Kistner presenting her art collection during the gallery walk. Photography credit: Amanda Murphy, OCLS.


Women in the Arts had the great opportunity to honor and recognize fifteen talented women artists within the Orlando community, the U.S., and overseas at the Women in the Arts “Celebrating the Genius of Women” awards at the iconic Orlando Public Library building in conjunction with the celebration of Women’s History Month.


Local artist Vicki Jones won first place for her drawing collection, Mel Kistner, second place, acrylics on canvas collection; Shosh Cohen, third place, sculptures on granite collection; Mila Belle, fourth place, ceramic sculpture collection; Denisse Berlingeri, fifth place, acrylic on canvas collection.

The People’s Choice Award was presented to Denisse Berlingeri.

Honorable Mention awards went to Francine Levy "Hagens Cove" Pastels, Michelle Irizarry “Drowning In Thoughts”, Oil on canvas, Patricia Lentine, “Ava Rose”, Drawing, Wendy Swanson “Courage”, Charcoal drawing.


The total cash awards was $1,600.00, including Baterbys Art Gallery representation to 1st. 2nd. And 3rd. place winners.
Artist Recognition was given to Jan Golden, Houston, Texas, “Wuthering Heights” Found objects, copper, agate sculpture and Lidia Simeonova, Shelby Township, Michigan, Why”, Mixed Media.


International recognition includes artists Irina Goryunova, Russia
28°31'10.5"N 81°22'36.5"W, Oil on canvas; Julija Proskurina, Poland “Alter Ego”, Digital collage; Kaliya Kalacheva, Bulgaria, “Pieces III”, Acrylic on canvas, Katerina Tsitsela, Greece, “Yota Looking…”, Oil on canvas.


“You make a difference in the world with your art and hard work. The impact of art is very difficult to quantify or measure, often times seems to go undetected, unseen, and lay silent in the artist’s perception, however, this impact is real and it exists. Also real is the need that people have to experience your art, and in order to experience the art we need to support these type of effort.

Beyond the artist’s own need for expression, comes the responsibility to engage others. Your work is extremely important to reach within and to reach others in ways you may never know or expect. Your work is important and you are making a difference.”
          Maria Guerrero, Executive Director, Women in the Arts.

Special thanks to Mike Donohue, Cynthia Sifonte, Community Relations team and staff at the Orlando Public Library for their work and partnership. Thank you guest jury, sponsors, board members, donors, staff, volunteers, and all those who supported and participated in this event.  

The exhibition is on view until April 23, 2017 at the Orlando Public Library,
101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, Florida 32801.





Event pictures



Contact: Mike Donohue 407 835-7483 | Community Relations, OCLS
Contact Maria Guerrero: womeninthearts@gmail.com
Visit Women in the Arts: www.womeninthearts.org


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18 March 2017

You Are Invited: Women in the Arts Awards

It is my pleasure to invite you to the 2017 Women in the Arts Awards on Saturday March 25, 2:00 PM at the Orlando Public Library, Library Central, 101 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801.


Enjoy the annual Celebrating the Genius of Women art exhibition featuring local finalists, U.S. and international artists of the Women in the Arts Inc. art competition during Women’s History Month.


Join us at the main lobby to meet the artists and participate in an interactive gallery walk followed by an awards ceremony, and reception at the Albertson Room on the 3rd. Floor. Find out which piece wins the People’s Choice Award and Women in the Arts Awards. The exhibition is on view until April 23, 2017.


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Jury voting and public voting ends March 19. Vote for the People’s Choice Award:




Recognize the Honorable Mention, U.S., and international artists:




Guest Artist: Irina Goryunova from Russia. Irina is represented by Agora Gallery in New York City.


"I was in America on June 12, the day of the nightclub shooting in Orlando and I made a painting dedicated to the victims of the tragedy. I called it 28°31'10.5"N 81°22'36.5"W, the geographical coordinates of the Pulse nightclub."
- Irina Goryunova


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Irina Goryunova
28°31′10.5″N 81°22′36.5″W.
Oil on canvas
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Contact: Mike Donohue 407 835-7483
Contact Maria Guerrero: womeninthearts@gmail.com
Visit Women in the Arts: www.womeninthearts.org


This event is sponsored by Women in the Arts, corporate and private donors, Studio-T Photography, and Baterbys Art Gallery, in partnership with the Orlando Public Library.


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