TESA 2012 Annual Show
The Annual Awards Show at Stirling Gallery
Stirling Art Studios & Gallery
Kirk Ke Wang, Juror
was my great pleasure to view and enjoy the artworks of the Annual
Member’s Awards Show of TESA. I am impressed by the overall quality and
diversity of the works presented in the show.
Just like an artist making art based on his/her personal experience, a
juror judges art subjectively according to his/her background of
training, aesthetics and culture influence. It is sometimes biased and
partial. When I judge an art show, I do not emphasize the technical
skills or pure visual pleasure; rather, I am interested in artworks
that relate to the concerns of our humanity, nature and the changing
world. I also enjoy artworks that echo a contemporary language of art
that I associate with. There are many reasons for making art; in my
case, I focus more on the concept than forms.
I am intrigued by the mystery and sense of calamity in Karen Baker’s
work “Leeward”; I am touched by the spiritual empowerment and the
layers of textures in Rob Wright’s “Out of the Forest”; I am impressed
by the detailed observation and sensitivity in Carole Bardes’ “Giant
Lily Pads”; I enjoy the simplicity, texture and the visceral feeling
brought by Judith Curtis’ “Look on the Bright Side”; I am fond of the
dynamics and expression in Viv Ruegger’s “Spring Bouquet”; and I
appreciate the composition and the story presented in Gail Falkingham’s
Congratulations to all artists in the show!
Annual Awards show was a smashing success.
Thanks to all of you who helped make it that way.
Not only was it well attended the food and refreshments were enjoyed by
The TESA artwork was exceptional, all should have won awards.
Congratulations TESA you should all be proud of our organization. We
give Special thanks to George Trimitsis and his awards crew for all
Stu Dwork - President TESA
The Annual Awards Show at Stirling
Gallery is a great success. The reception was wall to wall people. I
want to thank everyone for all the hard work that went into making it
so. Special thanks to George and his committee...and the art that we
have hanging is some of our best!
We can all be proud to be part of TESA.
Gail Falkingham - board member
Best of Show ($500.00): Karen Baker, Leeward, Pastel
First Prize ($200.00): Rob Wright, Out of the Forest, Mixed Media
Second Prize ($100.00): Carole Bardes, Giant Lily Pads, Colored Pencil
Third Prize ($75.00): Judith Curtis, Look on the Bright Side, Mixed
Merit Award ($50.00): Gail Falkingham, Baywalk, Watercolor
Merit Award ($50.00): Viv Ruegger, Spring Bouquet, Watercolor on yupo
People’s Choice: Carol Zieres, Konigsschoss Neuschwanstein, Watercolor
TESA Collaboration event assisting with Taste of Safety Harbor
The mission statement of The Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce is that
this non-profit organization is dedicated to improving the local
economy, the quality of life of our unique community and the success of
In this regard members of TESA collaborated with the Safety Harbor
Chamber of Commerce in showing some of our TESA artists works, which
were offered for sale.
Overall, the setting up and showing of the TESA show went smoothly; the
responses from the guests at the Safety Harbor Spa event were all
positive, with absolutely no negativity expressed.
Our association TESA president Stu Dwork was one of the exhibiting
TESA, artists. The others were Gayle Lerman-DeCoste, Julius Lesser, Kay
Swing, Jim Weiss, Jan Wojcik, and Carol Lynne Zieres. Gayle
Lerman-DeCoste graciously took TESA related photos of the event.