Artists recognized at 53rd annual KIFA Awards
STEVENSVILLE — The Kent Island Federation of Arts held its 53rd annual Awards and Artists Reception on Saturday, May 7. The event highlighted a number of works from artists who are members of KIFA, with work displayed in several mediums, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, sculpture, and mixed media. Artists and guests enjoyed complimentary wine and refreshments while viewing the winners art displayed in the gallery.
Judge for the show, Evie Baskin is an awardwinning artist who works mainly in portraiture and landscapes. Her mediums consist mainly of pastels and oils. Her work hangs in several galleries and she is a member of several professional organizations, including the Portrait Society of America.
Awards given were for: Best in Show, “The Mysterious Francoise” by Josephine Beebe; First Place Professional, “Before the Race” by Dennis Young; First Place Amatuer, “On Duty” by Sandy Crowther; and the Spirit of Patriotism Award, “Waving in the Wind” by Stacey Sass.
Professional Honorable Mentions were awarded to: “Marsh at Assateague” by Georgette Toews, “Rooftop View Memorial” by Desiree Scherini, “Eastern Shore Farm” by Stacey Sass and “Path of Grass” by Judy Wolgast.
Amateur Honorable Mentions went to “Madison’s Crab” by Anne Bruson and “Cabin Fever” by Sandy Crowther.
The Spirit of Patriotism Honorable Mentions were awarded to: “Monument at Dusk” by Desiree Scherini, ”On Duty” by Sandy Crowther, “The Vote that Counts” by Maureen Wheatley, and “Flags on Backroads of Maine” by Peg Papa.
Artist and Best in Show winner, Josephine Beebe has been a resident of Stevensville for the past 16 years after moving from Annapolis, where she and her husband resided for 13 years. She was one of the early Artists-in Residence at Maryland Hall in Annapolis where she had a studio for over 15 years. While there she studied portraiture and figure painting with Joanette and Cedric Egeli and taught classes to children and adults in drawing, painting and portraiture. Beebe said she discovered the Kent Island Federation of Art when she read that there were classes being offered in portraiture and figure drawing. She has been a member ever since and also belongs to the Academy Art Museum in Easton and the Maryland Federation Of Art in Annapolis. She specializes in charcoal, pastel and oil where her subject matter includes still life, portraiture and figures in interiors.
Following a 30-year hiatus from painting while establishing a medical practice, Dennis Young said he is now pursuing his other life as an artist. Young’s oil and pastel paintings favor cityscapes and the human form. A self-taught plein air painter, Young is influenced by works in galleries and fine art publications. Young is a member of MAPAPA, Oil Painters of America and a Signature Member in the Maryland Pastel Society. He has garnered multiple awards, nationally, including a category award at KIFA for a fictionalized self-portrait. He has accepted an invitation to compete in a plein air competition in Curacao in 2017 and has current plans to expand into teaching and otherwise avoiding work around the house, he quipped.
Originally from the Berkshires in Massachusetts, Sandy Crowther now lives in Stevensville with her husband of 47 years. Recently retired, Crowther decided to start a new adventure and began taking art classes at KIFA after driving by “that pink house” for so many years. After her first class, she fell in love with painting and has been a member ever since. When she is not exploring her love of painting, Crowther said she loves spending time with her three children and her ten grandchildren.
Annapolis resident Stacey Sass is a retired high school art teacher who is embracing her new-found time that she now has to create art. Sass’ piece “Waving in the Wind” was based on sketches of a moving American flag. “This piece evolved from a straight forward watercolor painting to a mixedmedia piece that includes collage, pastel and pen additions. I hope that the imagery honors the memory of the six Greatest Generation veterans in my family, “Sass said. Sass joined KIFA last year and is presently teaching watercolor classes on Wednesday evenings.
For more information on upcoming events, classes or how to become a member, contact the KIFA office at 410-643-7424 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Mysterious Francoise” a work in pastels by Josephine Beebe, receives Best in Show at the KIFA awards.
Artist Sandy Crowther and her piece “On Duty” receive first place recognition in the Amateur Division at the Kent Island Federation of Arts annual awards show and reception, May 7, 2016.