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Media Artist Carol Baca receives 1st award in Beauty Gallery’s “Small Treasures” Juried Exhibition

Dec 11

Media Artist Carol Baca receives 1st award in Beauty Gallery’s “Small Treasures” Juried Exhibition

Newtown Square, PA – December 10, 2012 – Veteran art teacher and lifelong artist Carol Baca of Media, PA, earned top honors for her abstract landscape painting “The Cove” in Beauty Art Gallery’s 2012 Small Treasures Juried Exhibition. The prize for this “1st Award” was $400.

Baca’s work was honored among a field of more than 60 pieces submitted to the competition, and the 34 works accepted into the exhibition.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to show my work at Beauty,” said Baca. “The prize is validating and encourages me to continue painting. Creating a work of art is the result of much mental and visual labor. It takes 100 paintings to achieve a masterpiece.”

The 2nd Award prize of $250 went to Venetia Bebi of Philadelphia for her water color painting “Lilies.” The 3rd Award of $100 went to artist Lois Schlachter of Spring Mount, PA, for her abstract painting “Twin Tunnels.” The Bonnie B. Mettler Award of Excellence prize of $75 was given for the oil painting “Thirtieth Street Station” to Bryn Mawr artist Monique Lazard.

A “People’s Choice Award” with a prize of $250 was given to Daniel Mahlman of Philadelphia for his still life painting “Gratia Plena, Significatione Nihil.” Mahlman grew up in Mt. Airy and currently attends Studio Incaminatti school for contemporary realist art.

Carol Baca’s “The Cove”

Receiving honorable mention awards were: “From the Orchard,” an oil still life by Jason Espey of Philadelphia, PA; “A Warm Touch Means So Much,” an acrylic painting by Papi Houpt of Media, PA; “Just Cut,” a pastel landscape by Jeanne Bruneau also of Media; “Late Afternoon Glow,” an oil landscape by Mary Smith of West Chester; “Farmer,” an oil palette knife work by Sara Kaplan of East Norriton; and “Storm,” an art glass work by Robin Flynn of Newtown Square.

What is a Juried Exhibit?

“A juried art exhibit is a collection of art (such as paintings, sculptures, photographs) that are chosen for exhibition by a juror or a group of judges,” explained gallery director Paula F. Jackson. In this Small Treasures exhibit, Jackson and her advisor Edna Davis set the criteria that the pieces be a certain size or smaller. A call for artists was advertised, and works were submitted by artists. Then the juror, Bonnie B. Mettler, selected 34 works from a field of 60-plus items submitted by artists for consideration in the show. Last Mettler chose the works to be honored with cash awards and honorable mention certificates. The selections are made solely on the visual impact of the piece, with the artist’s identity and the works title being concealed until jurying is complete.

The works are currently on display and for sale through January 10, 2012.

About Beauty

Beauty – Art, Antiques & Gifts – specializes in original art, antiques, and artful gifts and décor. We believe that a unique home creates a rich environment in which to enjoy life. Visit Beauty at or on Facebook. For information, contact gallery owner Paula Jackson @ 610-517-2345 or Location: 3857 Providence Rd, Newtown Square, PA  19073 (just off West Chester Pike / Route 3).