About the 2019 Best in Show Winner Helen Gotlib Sea Ranch Flowers III
Technique: The Sea Ranch Flowers III piece is a 6 ft. wide by 4ft. high mixed media print, created in February of 2019. To make it I first printed woodblock and intaglio plates on a very thin Japanese paper called Gampi. Then I made a Birch panel to paste the prints on to, but before doing that I carved and painted the water at the top of the piece. After mounting the 4 prints on to the Birch panel I varnished and gilded silver and gold leaf on many of the flowers."
Artist's Statement: "Biology produces striking color combinations. Recently I have been moved by the dazzling flowers of ice plants on the rugged shores of the Pacific Northwest. The waxy pink blossoms of these plants are electric against the blanket of succulent dark green leaves spread over ancient rocks and dune heaving up against the ocean. My large scale mixed media print pieces are an attempt to evoke the intensity of this breathtaking encounter with the seaside.”
BEST OF SHOW Printmaking "Sea Ranch Flowers III" Helen Gotlib Dexter, MI
EDYTH BUSH CHARITABLE FOUNDATION ART OF PHILANTHROPY AWARD Sculpture "Joyous Detour" Amy Lennard Gmelin New Port Richey, FL
MORSE MUSEUM AWARD Printmaking "Aquatic Dress" Marina Terauds North Branch, MI