Returning Thanks

25 03 2013

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” Saint Ambrose

Now that I have lit the old cookstove and poured myself a mug of frothy hot chocolate, my pressing duty this morning is to return thanks for the wonderful awards that I was given last night for excellence in painting.

Each spring, Muskoka Arts and Crafts hosts a members’ exhibition of art and craftwork in Bracebridge. The opening Friday evening is a gala event, made special with beautiful flower arrangements, hors d’oeuvres, and wine. The members walk around to see what each other has produced over the year and meet the public while a live jazz band entertains the large crowd. At the end of the evening, awards are presented by two judges who are internationally acclaimed artists and craftspeople themselves. This year’s judges were Susan Warner Keene and Michael C. Fortune. I received an award for excellence in painting for my acrylic Huntsville and I received the Award of Conservancy, which is also a cash award, for my oil Looking for Booth’s Farm. Furthermore, my third painting Canoeing in Algonguin Park sold at the show. I’d say it was my night. Everything I submitted was recognized for excellence. I am elated.

Excellence in Painting Award, Muskoka Arts and Crafts Spring Members' Show, March 20, 2013

Excellence in Painting Award, Muskoka Arts and Crafts Spring Members’ Show, March 20, 2013

The Muskoka Conservancy Award, MAC Spring Members' Show, March 20, 2013

The Muskoka Conservancy Award, MAC Spring Members’ Show, March 20, 2013

Exhibiting ones work to the public is the final stage in the creation of a work of art. My paintings do not feel completed until I can see the effect the art has on the viewer. When I receive awards, I feel motivated, empowered and joyful. Even though I do not depend on them to keep me painting, it ‘s awfully nice when I do receive recognition for my work. I will proudly and gratefully hang my awards in my gallery.




10 responses

25 03 2013

Congratulations! I think it is important that you exhibit your work for the wonderful feeling of life that you pass on to others through your painting.

25 03 2013

Thank you, Cathy, for your kind compliment.

25 03 2013

How wonderful. Congratulations! I can’t wait to come in to the gallery and see what you’ve been painting over the winter.

25 03 2013

Thank you, Kelly. I will very happily give you the grand tour of the gallery and a cup of tea in the garden, if winter ever leaves Dorset.

25 03 2013
Kristie Virgoe

Congratulations Elizabeth. As the Executive Director for the Muskoka Conservancy I can tell you that we are thrilled by the Judges’ choice. What a wonderful piece that speaks to the connection that our culture and our natural environment share.

25 03 2013

Thank you, Kristie. I am equally thrilled to receive the award.

25 03 2013
Sherry McAlpine

I’m so proud of you and all your accomplishments!! Can’t wait to say that in person come May.

25 03 2013

I can’t wait for your return, too.

25 03 2013
Birgit Johnson

Congratulations Elizabeth. It is nice to be appreciated by your peers.

26 03 2013

Those paintings are beautiful, Mom! Congratulations on the awards, and on figuring out how to post your blog 🙂

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