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DICK BLICK ARTIST MATERIALS AWARD — SEPTEMBER 2019
MOUNTAINSIDE ART GUILD, LAKEWOOD, CO
 

Artists’ studios are often bursting with supplies to feed their creative juices, and Linda's is no different than most. That’s why she was so excited to receive an award in the way of a gift certificate to Dick Blick Artist Materials for her painting Delicate Delight. Judge Diane Fechbach chose this painting depicting a fragile white peacock butterfly for this prize from the hundreds of oils, watercolors, and other media on display during the 15th Annual “Mountainside Miniatures Exhibit & Sale.” Handing out an award like this is comparable to giving a child free rein in a candy store! It didn’t take Linda long to spend down the allotted moneys in one fell swoop!


“If someone tells you that you have enough art supplies and you don’t need anymore, stop talking to them.
You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life!”
Author unknown.


“SKETCH FOR SURVIVAL”
A REAL TIME ONLINE WILDLIFE ART AUCTION TO BENEFIT
ENDANGERED SPECIES AROUND THE WORLD
OCTOBER 4 - NOVEMBER 17, 2019
 

In its third year, Sketch for Survival 2019 is a conservation campaign organized by the registered UK charity, Real World Conservation Trust, to raise funds through an online auction for conservation charities that are pivotal in the battle to protect imperiled animals. All profits from the sale of the artwork will be gifted to this year’s beneficiaries: Ape Alliance, Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Painted Dog Conservation, and the Mariamma Charitable Trust.

The auction is now LIVE and open for bidding. There is truly a remarkable collection of original art, sketches, illustrations, cartoons and photography in the 175 available lots. These works have all been donated by the professional art community as well as by celebrities, explorers, and world class photographers. The gorilla (pictured) is Linda’s contribution to this year’s event.

You don’t have to register to view the artwork, but if you come across a piece, or pieces you’d like to own, all you have to do is register, make your bid, and then track the bidding activity by refreshing the page on your selection(s). The closing date, Sunday, November 17th between 6 and 9pm UK time. This will be the most active day since everyone wants to be sure they have the winning bid. So mark your calendar as to not miss the deadline! Please remember, all proceeds are dedicated to protecting endangered animals. Your generosity and support of this most important auction is paramount to its success. Thank you.



BEST OF SHOW — AUGUST 2019
CASPER ART GUILD ART 321, CASPER, WY
 

Although Art 321 is in its 25th year, Linda entered this show for the very first time and was bowled over when she learned she had won BEST OF SHOW for her painting River Run. The judge, Marisa Wesnitzer stated: “Very realistic looking. Wonderful use of color in this beautiful composition. It makes you feel like you’re right there while this bear is trying to catch a fish. You can see the expression and intensity of the moment before he makes his catch, and hope for nothing but success. Love the attention to detail and textures. Awesome painting!”


HONORABLE MENTION — JULY 2019
HEARTLAND ART GUILD, PAOLA, KS
 

This was the 15th exhibition for Heartland Art Guild’s annual miniature art show, and this year the show was bigger than ever with nearly 350 works on display. The exhibition was held at the Miami County Historical Museum, where panels lined the walls with little miniature wonders from across America and the world. It was a happy moment for Linda, when she was informed Bee Buffet received an Honorable Mention from this year’s judge, Michael Young, an artist who has exhibited widely throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan.



BEST ACRYLIC PAINTING AWARD — MAY 2019
SEASIDE ART GALLERY, NAGS HEAD, NC
 

Linda recently received the exciting news that her miniature painting, Spring Arrival won the Best Acrylic Painting award at Seaside Art Gallery’s 28th International Miniature Art Show, which featured nearly 600 miniature works from around the world. Housed in the peaceful ambience of the Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC, this exhibition is one of the largest and most diverse international miniature art shows in all of the fifty states of America.

Judge’s comments: The brilliant, pure colors were the first thing that drew me to this painting. On further inspection, and getting closer and closer with the magnifying glass, I was entranced with the three dimensional quality of the leaves and flowers against the rich blue sky. The balance of color & hue, juxtaposition of color and contrast, all are woven together to make this painting so intriguing.



“PURRFECTION” RECEIVES A FIRST PLACE AWARD — MAY 2019
Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA
 

Linda was thrilled to hear that she received a First Place award from the Parklane Gallery, one of the top five of 184 galleries located in the art center of downtown Kirkland in Washington State at their 27th Annual International Miniature Art Show.

 

“Sunshine, aka Gargamel, was one of my favorite feline models, who loved to spend time at our home. This painting was composed referencing several photos I took of him on our deck. Backlighting for certain pieces such as this can intensify compositional interest, especially by manipulating the direction and level of light, as I did here. My choice to lower the sun’s rays dramatically lengthened the shadows of the cat and those cast from our swing chair. I felt this adjustment would definitely take the painting to another level. For all I know, this revision may have just tipped the scale for this distinctive award.” LR



BEST CAT AWARD, MINIATURE ART SOCIETY OF FLORIDA — JANUARY 2019
Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, FL
 

As Evening Comes” was recognized with the Best Cat Award (wild or domestic) at the MASF 44th Annual International Miniature Art Show that ran from January 20 - February 10, 2019. What is a show without funding to finance the prizes for the well-deserved artist? The MASF exhibition is particularly well-sponsored, offering numerous, generous awards to the artists who contribute, including one for the “Best Cat” by a long-time collector.


Artists are very appreciative of these awards that recognize them for their tireless efforts and talent. These prizes are indeed an impetus for them to keep creating new innovative works and to make each piece better than their last.

The MASF miniature art exhibition, the largest of its kind in the world, annually attracts approximately 230 artists from all over the globe, and collectors flock to this show to buy these intimate little treasures. Linda was honored to have had all 6 of her submissions juried into the show, where approximately 700 exquisite mini masterworks were on display and available for purchase.



“SILENT SKIES” MURAL ART NOW AVAILABLE AS INDIVIDUAL CANVAS PRINTS
 

 


Linda was one of 160 artists from 15 countries who participated in Artists For Conservation’s international collaborative super-mural mosaic “Silent Skies” that features all 678 endangered bird species of the world. A limited number of 8 x 8” canvas editions are now available for purchase. Each print is $100 US + shipping. Proceeds from your order will support bird conservation and environmental education.

Purchase a print of Linda’s “Golden-naped Weaver” by going directly to her page HERE where you will see an enlarged detailed view, learn about the last sighting for this endangered bird, its location and current estimated populations. To purchase, click “BUY A PRINT.” Or browse the entire collection here and see all 678 prints being offered by AFC before making your purchase decision.

The 100 foot Silent Skies Mural installation formed the artistic centerpiece of the 27th International Ornithological Congress in August 2018 in Vancouver, BC. The mural will be touring internationally through 2021.



FIRST PLACE FOR ACRYLICS - NOVEMBER 2018
Miniature Painters, Gravers & Sculptors Society of Washington, DC (MPSGS)
 

Miniature art is a unique art form based on minute scale that traces its roots back to the book paintings and illuminated manuscripts of the 7th century. A work of fine art in miniature is a particularly personal object that draws the viewer into a very intimate world. The MPSGS juried art show is one of the oldest and largest miniature events in the USA, and what better place to hold this amazing exhibition than at the historic Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda, MD, where over 800 tiny masterpieces were on display and for sale during the 85th International Miniature Art Show.

Linda received the Best in Acrylics award for Swing King, a portrait of her cat Zak comfortably cradled in her two-seater swing chair. Judge Chris Krupinski was responsible for awarding prizes in all categories, including sculpture. A renowned and decorated watercolorist, Chris is known for giving special consideration to fine detail in her work, which perhaps makes her particularly qualified to select creations of such tiny proportions for awards.



WONDERS OF WILDLIFE, SPRITS AND ART - NOVEMBER 2018
benefitting Woodlands Wildlife Refuge, Clinton, NJ
 


Above are a few quickly snapped shots taken at The Farmstead in Ringoes, NJ where W.O.W.S.A. was held.

Art sales, plus the generosity of sponsors, and especially all who came out on this rather brisk day to attend the Wonders of Wildlife, Sprits and Art — thank you, you helped make this event a huge success! Thousands of dollars were generated for Woodlands Wildlife Refuge through admissions, art sales, and the silent auction of original artworks donated by four of New Jersey’s most prominent artists: Douglas Allen, James Fiorentino, Leslie Delgyer and Linda Rossin.

Bourbon Street Wine and Sprits kindly provided a hand picked selection of bourbon and wine, Lone Eagle Brewing supplied a choice of craft beers, while The Raccoon Ridge Ramblers gladly entertained everyone throughout the afternoon. The food was delicious and plentiful, to say the least. And at this time of year, everyone certainly enjoyed and appreciated the hot apple cider!

Woodlands on average, cares for 1,200 injured and orphaned animals each year. Their mission is to rehabilitate and release these wild creatures back into their natural environment and to educate the public by creating a better understanding of how people and wildlife can exist in harmony. Woodlands Wildlfe Refuge, is a 5 star rated, non-profit 501(C)(3) charitable organization. Donations are always welcome, or foster a critter of your choice, you will be helping to give these animals a second chance!



“SKETCH FOR SURVIVAL”
A REAL TIME ONLINE WILDLIFE ART AUCTION TO BENEFIT ENDANGERED AFRICAN SPECIES
SEPTEMBER 22 - NOVEMBER 25, 2018

 

Following the huge success of last year’s online auction “Sketch for Survival,” a conservation campaign organized by Explorers Against Extinction and by the UK charity, Real World Conservation Trust, extended their reach this year to more than 330 professional artists, celebrities and other high profiled people around the world, to create a 26 minute sketch of an endangered species to raise funds for conservation charities that are pivotal in the battle to protect imperiled animals. The timeline for each sketch was based on the shocking estimation that an elephant is poached for its ivory every 26 minutes. Like many other professionals, Linda didn’t do just a simple sketch, but rather worked days to complete her donation, “Future King”(pictured)

The Sketch for Survival 2018 auction site launched on September 22nd and will close on Sunday, November 25th, 11am USA eastern time. This is a unique opportunity to buy affordable original art, while contributing to the conservation of endangered species. All you have to do is click HERE, register and start by making an offer on your favorite piece. Check back regularly, refresh the page of your selected artwork(s) to assure you see its most recent bid.

 
African Parks is the 2018 partner charity that will gain support from auction sales in order to establish a working dog program in Garamba, one of Africa’s oldest national parks. Please know that 100% of every purchase will help safeguard Elephants and the rare Kordofan Giraffe. Your generosity and support of this most important cause is paramount to its success. Thank you.


HONORABLE MENTION - JULY 2018
Heartland Art Guild, Paola, KS
 

The 14th Annual Heartland Art Guild International Miniature Painting & Sculpture Art Show has now concluded, and the award winners were just announced. Out of the 319 works created by 89 artists from around the world, there were only seven awards this year, and only the most outstanding pieces received them. “Golden Boy” happened to be one of them, awarded with an Honorable Mention. Linda is beyond thrilled to be included amongst those recognized at the exhibition, housed at the Miami County Historical Museum.


The judge Joni Johnson-Godsy stated: “Choosing the award winners was very hard. I was impressed by the many art styles represented along with the many mediums. Just a great quality show overall!”



ACRYLICWORKS 5, THE BEST OF ACRYLIC PAINTING, BOLD VALUES by Jamie Markle (Editor)
 


AcrylicWorks 5 Bold Values is a spectacular showcase of contemporary acrylic painting, selected from an International call for entries. The fifth competition book in the AcrylicWorks series, this hardback volume from North Lights Books features a rousing blend of ingenuity and instruction. The 127 stunning paintings featured are accompanied by captivating insights, creative solutions and effective approaches from the artists themselves, with an emphasis on the power of values (light, medium and dark halftones). There’s an old saying among artists that “value does all the work, while color gets all the credit.” AcrylicWorks 5 gives value its due, showing how—in the hands of today’s top artists—it brings bold drama to everyday subjects, conveys emotion and commands the eye. Compiled in this glorious, full-color book are modern-day acrylic masterpieces of a rich variety—from still life and abstracts to people, animals and landscapes, displayed in a sensational range of styles that is sure to captivate both art lovers and artists alike.

Linda's painting Big Sky Country was selected to head chapter 5, Animals (page 112, 113), and her second painting Spring Celebration is featured on page 127. I feel privileged to have had not one painting selected for this incredible book, but two! Considering hundreds of artists from around the world submitted their work for this publication, I feel truly honored to be among the chosen 100 artists represented! LR

Now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart, and other fine retailers, online or in store.



TWO AWARDS: BEST OF SHOW and HONORABLE MENTION - MAY 2018
Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA
 


^ A Rose for a Rose
Honorable Mention

< She
Best of Show

What is more majestic than a lioness proudly sunbathing in her African environment? Nothing, according to the Parklane Gallery, which recently hosted its 26th Annual Juried International Miniature Art Show, that featured over 350 tiny works of magnificent perfection by celebrated artists from all over the world.

Linda is overjoyed that She, a profile portrait of a distinguished lioness, was honored with the Best of Show award. The judge, Valerie Collymore, had this to say about this striking miniature: “The exacting and painstaking detail in the Best of Show work is of a superior nature and withstands close examination with a magnifying glass with ease. The title of the piece clues the viewer in to the emotional intent of the artist to show the majesty, pride, and beauty of this lioness, celebrating her female status.”

She was inspired by Linda’s advocacy for wildlife preservation and in particular, by her love of cats of all kinds, which motivates her to bring increased awareness to the plight facing our world’s magnificent felines.



THE ART OF THE MINIATURE XXVI OPENING RECEPTION - MAY 2018
The Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
 


As you can see from the snapshots above, a great time was had by all who attended the opening reception of the 26th exhibition of The Art of the Miniature at The Snow Goose Gallery on May 6th. The afternoon was abuzz with conversation, not only about the show, but the delectable edibles, refreshments and the soft live jazz ensemble that Mary and Doug Serfass organize each year to make every opening the best that it can be. Collectors are already looking forward to next year’s show and reception. We hope you can join us!


BEST IN SHOW - MARCH 2018
Spanish Moss Miniature Fine Arts Miniature Show, Mobile, AL
 

Enter a world of peaceful relaxation when you take in the wondrous floral setting that abounds in Linda’s award-winning miniature, A Garden of Dreams.

The tiny masterpiece recently captured the BEST IN SHOW award from the 10th Annual Spanish Moss Miniature Fine Arts Show hosted by the Mobile Arts Council. The only miniature fine arts show in the state of Alabama, Spanish Moss prides itself in displaying works from top artists in the miniature field to the delight of its many visitors, who view these little treasures with


magnifiers to see every breathtaking detail. Among all of the paintings, drawings, and etchings in this popular competition, Linda is simply thrilled that this piece took home the top honor this year.



THIRD PLACE FOR ACRYLIC PAINTING AWARD - JANUARY 2018
Miniature Art Society of Florida, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, FL
 

The Dunedin Fine Arts Center was the setting for the recent 43rd Annual International Miniature Fine Art Exhibition presented by the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF). This unique display featured over 800 2D and 3D treasures of magnificent perfection, along with daily artist demonstrations and docent tours.

Linda is pleased to announce that she was honored this year with a Third Place for Acrylic award for Dune Waker, a serene scene of a cooing dove walking along a sandy beach. The judge for this year’s show, Melissa Miller Nece, is considered one of the foremost colored pencil artists in the country. Have an interest in art? Stop by the Dunedin Fine arts Center to take one of her classes in drawing, colored pencil, or acrylic painting.

 
Dune Walker was inspired by a trip Linda took to the idyllic Jersey shore. The lone dove she saw walking along the sandy dune sparked the idea in her mind, and soon the painting was born.

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