Artists rec­og­nized at 53rd an­nual KIFA Awards

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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

“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.

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