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The Art and Awards of FRESH! Plein Air Milford 2020

The artworks here were created the weekend of October 2-3, 2020 during the Village Fine Arts Association (VFAA) Fourth Annual, FRESH! Plein Air Milford. These talented Michigan Artists created their works in Milford Village, Kensington Metropark, Crawford’s Farm, and other locations around the Huron Valley area.

Artworks were judged by Internationally recognized, Michigan plein air artist, Sharon Will. Sharon noted about the overall show: “A lot more [works are] deserving of acknowledgement. So many well done pieces.” We are grateful for Sharon’s thoughtful judging and comments as found below.

People’s Choice winners!

First place: Barbara Weisenburg, Central Park, Acrylic

Second place: Paul Tibedeau, Storm Warning, Pastel

People’s Choice awards for FRESH! were generously sponsored by our favorite, Main Street Art and both artists won gift certificates to the store!

Judged Awards

  • First Place, Sponsored by the VFAA – Heiner Hertling, “Autumn Palette,” Oil
    • “Beautiful capture of light”
  • Suzanne Haskew Best of Milford Award, Sponsored by Harold Haskew – Ken Graning, “The Stand,” Gouache
    • “Impeccable/outstanding design”
  • David Metteri Memorial Art Award, Sponsored by Linda Onderko – Michael Todoroff, “October Sunflower,” Oil
    • “Beautiful backlight”
  • VFAA FRESH! Award, Sponsored by the VFAA – Linda Pelowski, “Centennial Farm,” Pastel
    • “Very strong, beautiful design”
  • Helen Zanini Memorial Award, Sponsored by Gary and Barb Weisenburg – Sandy Ackerman, “Harvest Moon,” Oil
    • “Very strong, beautiful design”
  • The Old Days in Milford Award, Sponsored by Milford Feed Co., – Kathleen O’Connell, “Memento,” Oil
    • “Drawn with beautiful layering of color for foundation and foreground”
  • Suzanne Haskew Memorial Award, Sponsored by Muriel & Bob Herrick / Century Oak Farm – Sharon Sunday, “Harvey Lake Road Pond,” Pastel
    • “Lovely Impressionist technique and handling of color”
  • VFAA Fall Color Award Richard Onica, “Falls Coming,” Oil
    • “Soft and sensitive handlings of color”
  • VFAA Rural Scene Award Lisa Richter, “Once the Fog Lifted,” Oil
    • “Beautiful reflections in water”
  • VFAA Village Scene AwardJanice Dumas, “Early Autumn Color,” Watercolor
    • “Freshly handled watercolor street scene”

In addition to this virtual exhibition and sale, these pieces hang from October 4 – November 6, 2020 in the gallery of The Suzanne Haskew Arts Center, 125. S. Main Street, Suite 700, in beautiful, downtown, Milford Village. Gallery and office hours of the SHAC are Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and by appointment. We maintain social-distancing, but for your own private viewing, call the SHAC and arrange a time on Mondays, Fridays or Saturdays.

Shop and enjoy this wonderful catalog of original fine art that is so FRESH, some pieces aren’t even dry yet. Click on any image to view detail of the work, the artist, and to purchase art.