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Virtual Art Challenge

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2022 Springtime Virtual Art Challenge! Before we do, we thank everyone who participated, and want to say, the reason to create art should not be to win a prize, it should be for personal satisfaction. If you felt accomplished and satisfied with the work you did, that is all that really matters. Keep creating!

Children's Entries

The entries submitted by CNUSD-area kids and teens were reviewed by several members of the CAA board of directors. We enjoyed seeing all of the creative and festive artwork make by these young artists! The following pieces particularly embodied the spirit of this art challenge. Ribbons will be awarded for their efforts.

1st Place: Victoria Zhou, age 6; "My Magical Garden", Mixed Media

Comments: "Fun and whimsical, the scene shows the many facets of spring! The artist has truly captured the spirit of the assignment, and with great skill for someone so young. Great use of color, perspective, and mixed media components to give depth to this lively tableau. The ants, in particular, make us laugh!"

2nd Place:  Shrikar Arun, age 11; "A Spring Evening", Paint On Canvas

Comments: "The bright colors are redolent of a springtime sunset! The artist captured the perspective of the tree on a hill backlit by a setting sun over the water reflecting the purples and reds of the last moments of the sun as it descends into the horizon. The cloud formations are superb."

3rd Place: Harper Bostic, age 9; "Lovely Sunflower", Chalk

Comments: "This early sunflower is rendered in chalk pastels which gives it a softness consistent with the spring air. The colors contrasting with the dark background give depth and focus to the details of the petals. We are delighted by this young artist exploring the chalk medium!"

Adult Entries

The entries submitted by area adults were judged by professional artist M. Elizabeth Sharma-Shimek. Liz, as she is known to her friends, has lived and worked in California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Germany, and traveled extensively. Currently, she teaches art at the Canadian International School in Phnom Penn, Cambodia. Her practice includes digital illustration, pastel, and watercolor. She enjoys using bright and vibrant color work with direct compositions. She believes that art is for everyone and is an integral part of the human experience.

About her selections, Liz said, "I chose these three pieces based on their eruption of color and shape - spring is a celebration and a joyous return to Life".

1st Place: Sury Jha of Eastvale, CA. "For Bees, Butterflies, and Birds", Watercolor.

Sury will receive $30 and an honorary 2022 membership at the Corona Art Association.

2nd Place: Susan Ingenito of Corona, CA. "Micro Flower", Photography.

Sue, a current CAA member, will receive $20.

3rd Place: Caitlyn Linsacum of Corona, CA. "Spring in Technicolor", Acrylic and Multimedia.

Caitlyn, a current CAA member, will receive $15

We thank all of our participants and encourage you to continue making art for joy of it!