Monday, January 17, 2022

Online Contest Awards Artists with Heart




Artist Denise Wauters’ mission to promote artists led her to create the Heart Award– to recognize and market artists who submit their work to the Online Art Contest.

Themed art calls through the Online Art Contest allow artists the opportunity to gain exposure and reach a larger audience for their talents.

The most recent art call, entitled “Patterns: From Nature and Man Made,” recently named its winners. Marco Island’s Karen Swanker was named Grand Prize winner of the Heart Award. Using “found objects” of metal, plastic, glass and paper, Karen’s winning piece entitled “The Power” includes objects that she painted with metallic colors and arranged in the order of the color spectrum. This compelling pattern tells a powerful story about the impact that non-degradable materials have on our earth. Karen Swanker’s fine art can be seen at

The diversely creative team given the task of judging each contest entry included Naples, Fla. business owners Randall Kenneth Jones, president of MindZoo, Prabhat (Pat) Kaikini, president of PK Architect, Inc., and Denise Wauters, owner of Paradise Web –

SUBMITTED PHOTOHeart Award Grand Prize winner Karen Swanker

SUBMITTED PHOTOHeart Award Grand Prize winner Karen Swanker

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“Karen’s creation is powerful at two levels. The macro level invited my eyes to enjoy the overall pattern and color; and at the micro level, the detailed construction drew me in to appreciate the aesthetic beauty of her ‘found objects’” says contest judge Pat Kaikini, an award-winning architect.

Additionally, artists were awarded at the Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels. Gold winners include Art David for “Saucy Sausalito” and “Guitars,” Kevin Joes for “Tired of Repetition,” and Bill Gleasner for “Beveled Glass.”

Winning the Silver are: Joachim McMillam for “Tulip Country,” June Morrison for “New Orleans Street Musicians,” Dawn DeCosta for “A Tall Order,” and Karen Swanker for “Isaac’s Gift.”

Four artists were Bronze winners: Kaila Reinhardt for “Beams,” Tara O’Neill for “Mango Season,” June Morrison for “Welcome to the Jungle,” and Dawn DeCosta for “Graffiti Poppies.”

To view the winning entries go to

Want to share your talents? The theme for the Heart Award’s next art call is “Unexpected Art,” artists see beauty in unexpected places. The Online Art Contest invites artists to submit entries by March 31, 2016.

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