Cater to your artistic side and join local nonprofit, PRIZM Creative Community while celebrating its 10th annual exhibition, Art-A-Fair. This decade long exhibit has been a place for local artists, authors, both students and professionals, to display their best work in a professional setting. The annual fair is held to provide a platform to locals from every genre of media so that the public can enjoy their work and acquire pieces for private collections while the artists gain exposure.
There are 75 local artists and authors who have submitted almost three hundred entries. Some new features this year will include original art and literature created for PRIZM’s yearly Creative Challenge theme “Jubilee Journey,” and youth artists are able to participate for the first time. A special exhibit will be displayed to guests that depicts the history behind PRIZM and their accomplishments and community programming throughout the last ten years.
Annette Jensen, President Board of Directors and founder of PRIZM, is passionate about her commitment to the arts. This group was created because she and others felt their was a need for a more inclusive art community for everyone to participate, especially in the areas of fine art and literature.
Jensen says that “opportunities were lacking in the area for a person who was building their resume or wanted to increase their skills or education level.” This resulted in the birth of PRIZM, which gave rise to the Art-A-Fair and other opportunities for all artists. PRIZM offers unique educational classes, runs solely on volunteers, and has provided our community with a deep cultural experience.
Creative Challenge Winners: Over 70 entries were received for the The 2016 Creative Challenge, "Jubilee Journey." Winning top honors left to Right, Best of Show Art, Judy Paschalis, 1st Place Art, Carrie Hawkins, 2nd Place Art, Sue Horvath; Other Creative Challenge Ribbon winners, Nora Sallows; Back row left to right; Karen Wolf, and Sandra Rivers-Gill. Not pictured ribbon winners; Michael Basista, Marcy Hudson, and Elaine McLaughlin.
Art Winners Announced: Front Row, Left to Right; Best of Show, Judy Paschalis; Monet Award, Megan Jurek, 2nd Place, Nora Sallows; and 1st place, Jim Rich; Middle Row L to R; O’Keefe and People’s Choice Award, Amy Beeler; Picasso Award, West Vayo; Van Gogh Award, Jean Overmeyer, Back Row Standing L to R; Cassatt Award, Brooke Limpf, and Winslow Homer Award, David Ridenour. Not pictured; Denise Declercq, Denis Chalwick, Paul Brand, Loren Sattler, and Kristen Dukat.
Literature Award Winners: Front Row L to R; Hemingway and Robert Frost Awards, Priti Shah; 2nd Place Award, Larry McHale; Plato Award, Steve Mueller; Back Row L to R: Mark Twain Award, Nora Sallows; E.E. Cummings Award, Karen Wolf. Not pictured: Holly Knight, Lisa Hossler, George Kertz, and Elaine McLaughlin.
Honorable Mentions: Pictured L to R: William Horvath, James Aubry, and Stephanie Lehr, all photography. Not pictured: Elaine McLaughlin, and Loren Sattler.
Youth winners: Left to Right: Best of Show, Megan Jurek; 1st Place Award, Chloe Kozal; Not pictured Marika Orta-Deemer
PRIZM All-star Service Awards: Front Row Left to Right, William Horvath, David Ridenour, Virginia Luce, Sandra Rivers-Gill, Back row L to R: Kathryn Housepian, and Sue Goslak. Not pictured: Michael Andruch, Kate Argow, Denis Chalwick, Christine Deemer, Emanuel Enriquez, Marybeth Longenberger, Mary Ann Nicholson, and Gloria McAlear.
Firenation: PRIZM founder, Annette Jensen, is presented a beautiful glass sculpture from the members of PRIZM to commemorate her 10 years of service to the community. The sculpture was commissioned from Matthew Paskiet of Firenation Studios.
The exhibit will be on display for nine weeks at One Seagate, which is also a featured location on the three Gallery Loop Art Walks held every 3rd Thursday until June. A closing reception party will take place on Saturday, June 18th, which marks the last date for exhibit viewing.
Fifth Third Center At One Seagate, 550 N. Summit St. myprizm.com Free