As all the woodland critters scamper back out of their hiding places to keep warm from the heavy fall snowstorm that took Trinidad by surprise this week, imaginary critters on the walls and tables of the Corazon Art Gallery are getting ready to go home, or to their adoptive new homes, as the show closes to make way for Christmas, which is (eek) only eight weeks away!

The exhibition was judged by Hilary Helfant, a New York art instructor at Long Island University, who is presently Artist in Residence at the Trinidad History Museum. Hilary was charged to judge the entries on the following themes: Best Use of Media, Most Creative and Best Use of Theme.

And the winners are:

BEST USE OF MEDIA: “Jinx,” papier maché cat by Risa Phelps. Judge’s comment:  “I thought the black magazine paper works really well with the papier maché technique and posture of the cat.”

HONORABLE MENTION: “Critter Party,” Decorated jewelry box by Becky Woo.

MOST CREATIVE: “Bison,” Ink on paper by K. McCabe Heuse. Judge’s comment: ”I’ve never seen this done before and I appreciate the intensity of it.”


HONORABLE MENTION: “Ceramic Bird” by Lora Nava.

BEST USE OF THEME: “Comfort,” Oil painting by Cynthia Berresse Ploski. Judge’s Comment: “This one represents love between species.”



Congratulations to the winners, and to all the talented artists who exhibited their art in this popular annual show.

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