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1st Annual Animal Portraiture Open Exhibition



Wednesday, 1 February 2023 to Tuesday, 28 February 2023

For our 1st Annual Animal Portraiture Open Exhibition juried virtual art exhibition, artists were asked to submit portraiture of wild and/or domestic animals. Artwork ranged from hyper-realistic to abstract to surreal. Both wild and domesticated animal subjects were sought. The artists were creative with subject, mediums, and genres. Visit Wild Heart Gallery's virtual exhibition to enjoy a wide and satisfying range of animal portraiture. Art pieces range from hilarious to poignant. Traditional animal portraiture as well as contemporary, abstract, and experimental portraiture make this an exciting show to view.

Artwork for this exhibition was selected by jury based on theme, originality, technique, skill, and quality of work.

Awards: Best in Show, Overall Runner Up, Best Domesticated Animal Portrait, Best Wild Animal Portrait, Overall Honorable Mentions, Best in Category, and Special Merit Awards.

Best in Show
Best Domesticated Animal Portrait
Best in Category: Painting

A Sea of Snacks and Smiles, by Destiney Hett
8x10 in, Oil on Panel

Overall Runner Up
Best Wild Animal Portrait

Underdog, by Rebecca Findlay
11.7 x 16.5 in, Acrylic and tea on canvas paper

Overall Honorable Mentions

JJ Galloway, Kathleen Bartl, Sabra Crockett, Shawna Hinkel, Elizaveta Lesun, Debbie Morris, Patsy Lindamood, Iebeltje van der Spoel, Bridget Davet, Phin Anibal, and Jacque Price

Best in Category

  • Digital Art: Elizaveta Lesun
  • Drawing and Pastels: Debbie Morris
  • Mixed Media: Michael Giannella
  • Painting: Destiney Hett
  • Photography: Shawna Hinkel
  • Printmaking: Ted Shaine
  • Sculpture: Kathleen Bartl

Special Merit Awards
Leo Lizarraga, JJ Galloway, Sherry Spencer, Patsy Lindamood, Sabra Crockett, Debbie Morris, Vidhya Srijesh, jacque price, Tara Nix, and Lizzie Jayne

Artwork also Selected for the Virtual Exhibition
Sherry Spencer, Leo Lizarraga, Najib Joe Hakim, Sabra Crockett, Rebecca Findlay, Elena Ansaloni, Destiney Hett, Shawna Hinkel, JJ Galloway, Debbie Morris, David Kunisch, David Garber, Lizzie Jayne, Lyn Rosenthal, Sasha Fofanova, Nancy Langston, Ted Shaine, Jacque Price, and Cathie Muschany

Please take a moment to visit the virtual exhibition at Wild Heart Gallery’s website.

Venue ( Address ):

Wild Heart Gallery , Cathedral City

Other events from Wild Heart Gallery

2024 Masters of Domestic Animal Art, Best in Show Julie Freund
At Large, Animals on the Loose, Chris Brain is Best in Show
Colorful Creatures, Laura Green is Best in Show
2nd Annual Animal Portraiture Open



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