Local Artists Who Are Blind Sweep International Art Competition
Seven local artists were honored at the APH Insights 2014 (American Printing House), an international art competition, drawing international attention. Among the seven honorees from Clovernook Center are three first place winners Wanda Owens (Forest Park) in Sculpture, Sharon Garland (College Hill) in Crafts, and Cassandra Proud (Saylor Park) in Grades 10, 11, 12. Hannah Defelice (Covedale) took second place in Sculpture, and Lynn Jansen took third in Crafts. Jane Strohmeier and Lauren Allen also had their work featured in the annual display. First place, was an unexpected surprise for Wanda Owens, “If you’re chasing first place you’ll never truly enjoy it. I didn’t submit it with an expectation to win, which made it that much more special.” Owens has be sculpting for ten years, and has been featured three times, as a one woman show, at The Willoughby Art Gallery. In past APH Insights competitions she has received second place, third place, and honorable mention, but this is the first time she has earned the top honor. “For Eden’s Illusion, I sculpted the face of an African American woman onto a vessel. I can imagine what she looks like with a beautiful afro, an earring, and rich colors, just beautiful.” Having had sight, Owens sculpts from memory, as well as imagination, and has turned her former love of people watching into her inspiration. This year’s awards ceremony was held in Louisville Kentucky on October 17, 2014. The annual competition is open to all artists who meet the legal definition of blindness, and entrants come from around the globe to compete. Clovernook Center is honored to be represented by such strong contingent of artists. To see various art pieces by artists who are blind or visually impaired visit The Willoughby Art Gallery, at Clovernook Center, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm or by appointment. For more information please call Scott Wallace at 513-522-3860.
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