I am always so proud and pleased to be a part of the Eiteljorg Museum’s Qwest for the West Show. This year was no exception.
I would like to start with a heartfelt “Thank You” to the voters who chose my painting, “Crystal Rain,” for the Patrons’ Choice Award. As with any artist, the opinion of my fans and of the public is deeply valued. Though I’ve been fortunate enough to garner a number of awards throughout my career, the sheer thrill of having my work chosen has never diminished through the years.
I was also extremely happy to be awarded with The Henry Farney Award for Best Painting. Thank you to judges Christy Vezolles and Byron Price for choosing “Temple Bar” as the best painting from the 2012 show.
What an amazing celebration! Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of artwork was sold over the course of the weekend. Congratulations to all of my colleagues for a job well done!
This brings me to a special congratulation to another friend of mine, Doug Hyde. His skill was showcased this year in a special one-man-show, “Shaped by Stone: The Sculpture of Doug Hyde,” presented by the museum for his 2011 Artist of Distinction Award. Doug was also winner of the Best Sculpture Award this year.
John Coleman was given the Artist of Distinction Award, which comes with its own one-man-show during the 2013 Qwest. P.A. Nisbet was this year’s recipient of the Purchase Award. Lastly, I would like to mention Howard Post, who received accolades and was awarded with The Best Presentation. Congratulations to all of you!
My good friend Steve Marmon and his co-chair Caryn Cockerill Anderson did an outstanding job with the show, the individual events and in making everyone feel welcome. During the reception, we all enjoyed the magical voice of Lisa Hallmark, the wife of fellow artist George Hallmark. Thank all of you for making this a spectacular weekend.
I always have such a good time in Indianapolis. Once again, my gratitude to all!