Commerce Township artist Thomas Tunney was named 2017’s winner of the MI Great Artist competition October 25th at the Park West Gallery in Southfield.
The gallery’s mood was festive as art enthusiasts from throughout Oakland County gathered to celebrate Tunney and his fellow finalists. Event focal points included a shared exhibition of artistic works by the finalists, and a solo exhibition for the 2015 MI Great Artist Ken Hershenson.
The finalists were chosen from a field of 232 artists from Oakland, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, St. Clair, Shiawassee and Wayne counties who entered the online competition in July in hopes their entries would catch the discerning eye of the public. After 34,000 online votes were cast during two weeks the field was whittled down in August to 20 artists. A panel of art experts selected the five finalists and ultimately chose the winner.
Support local artists, and cast your vote for the next MI Great Artist! With over 230 entries from across southeast Michigan, we need your help! Visit http://www.MIGreatArtist.com to peruse the hundreds of artworks and vote for your favorites. With art ranging from surrealist paintings, life-like graphite drawings, intricate sculptures, jewelry, photography, and more, you are sure to find a few pieces that speak to you!
Vote for your favorite artists every 24-hours from now until noon on August 28th. The 20 entries receiving the most votes will move on to become semi-finalists. A select panel of five jurors will then determine the five finalists, including the overall winner, who will share in a prize package worth more than $16,000. Continue reading
Do you have an eye for design or an artistic spirit? Have you ever dreamed of your work in a gallery or of earning money for doing what you love? If so, then this opportunity is for you!
Beginning Monday, July 17th, artists may enter their works in the 2017 MI Great Artist competition, where cash and prizes total more than $16,000. Entries may be submitted to MIGreatArtist.com from now until noon on August 10th.
Weatherly Stroh, an oil painter who specializes in animal and landscape paintings, was chosen as winner of the 2014 MI Great Artist online competition. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson made the announcement Thursday, December 11 at the Park West Gallery. Patterson said, “Supporting the arts, not only improves the quality of life in Oakland County, but it is an important determining factor for international companies deciding to relocate or expand to Oakland County.”
L. Brooks Patterson and Kristie Everett Zamora present Weatherly Stroh with her awards
Patterson and Albert Scaglione, founder and CEO of the Gallery, presented Stroh with a check for $1500.00. Her work will be featured in a group exhibition at Park West Gallery, which runs through January 4, 2015, and in a two-month solo exhibition at the Oakland County Galleria in the Executive Office Building in Waterford.
Patterson said “I’m awed by the talent of these fine artists. The competition was very close but Weatherly had a slight edge over the other four finalists. I congratulate her and thank the other ninety-one artists who entered the competition this year.” Stroh is a graduate of the University of Colorado with an undergraduate degree in fine art and a master’s in elementary education. She was an elementary school teacher but turned her focus to painting full time in 2010. She is the great-grandniece of American Impressionist painter Gari Melchers.