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Mixed Media Metallics Challenge Winners!

Opens Saturday, January 18 (with an Opening Reception). Entries were on display through
Saturday, February 22
(with a closing reception: silent auction finalized on that date)

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Curator's Choice prize

Guest curator of our Mixed Media Metallics Challenge will be Diane Herbort, a nationally-known quilter/fiber artist and teacher. Diane awarded theresa mARTin the Curator’s Choice prize (pictured above) for her entry Rust and Rhinestone Fortune Icon.

The Viewer’s Choice award (pictured below) includes Havel’s Embroidery Scissors, a Tentakalum Painter’s Pixies pack and one of Judy’s hand-dyed fabric collage packs. The lucky winner was Etta Stewart for her Metallic Doodles I.

All that glitters is not’s silver, and copper, and bronze too! Not to mention the colors of patina and wear. Artistic Artifacts invited artists to create a mixed media piece of art incorporating metallics for its latest art challenge. We were amazed at the response, and the beautiful and creative pieces that were received. We hope you had the opportunity to view these gorgeous works of art!

All visitors to the exhibit were asked to vote for their choice of favorite entry. The entry that amassed the most votes, Metallic Doodles I by Etta Stewart, was awarded the Viewer’s Choice award, pictured here. In addition, the guest curator of our Mixed Media Metallics Challenge, Diane Herbort, a nationally-known quilter/fiber artist and teacher, awarded theresa mARTin’s Rust and Rhinestone Fortune Icon the Curator’s Choice prize.

All entries were accepted for this non-juried exhibit, and each entry from participants entered the artist name into our random prize drawings —see illustration below: Havel’s scissors, wooden printing blocks and metallic textile paint, Tim Holtz fabric, Angelina and more! Winners of the random drawing were Kathie Barrus, Linda Morgan and Sharon McDonagh.

In gratitude for the support we have been shown by our local community, and recognizing that donations to nonprofits can drop after the winter holidays, we asked our challenge artists to consider releasing their work to be sold in via a silent auction to benefit Food for Others, with the mission of obtaining and distributing free food to the hungry of Northern Virginia as well as to support food programs of other community-based organizations.

We were delighted to realize that some participants created more than one entry (one for the silent auction, and one to keep) and the majority of participants generously donated their work! This was a wonderful opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind artwork!

Picture below are the prize packages that were randomly be awarded to participating artists after the judged prizes (Viewer’s Choice and Curator’s Choice) have been awarded. Artists did not need not be present to win.

All challenge artwork submitted was displayed in a public exhibit at Artistic Artifacts, 4750 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA. The challenge exhibit launched with a reception opening on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The challenge exhibit ended with a reception on Saturday, February 22. The silent auction benefiting Food for Others was also finalized on that date.

Artist raffle prizes, awarded through random drawings

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