Indianola’s Sterling wins CVG ‘Best of Show’ honors

Domenica,” a mixed-media painting (pictured below) by Indianola artist Sydni Sterling, was selected for the Mayor’s Award for Best of Show in a recent ceremony to open the ninth CVG Show, a statewide juried art exhibition hosted by Collective Visions Art Gallery.

Award-winners selected by juror Leilani Lewis were announced at the event’s opening gala on Jan. 23 at the Admiral Theatre. The CVG Show is up and running through Feb. 27 at 331 Pacific Ave. in downtown Bremerton.

Sterli0129_KSFE_Sterlingng’s award includes a $1,500 cash prize. In all, nearly $10,000 in cash and purchase awards were collected by the top entrants as selected by Lewis in two- and three-dimensional and digital art categories.

Other award winners include:

Best of Kitsap Award ($1,000):  William Walcott, Silverdale, “Dance Partners,” acrylic painting

Photo/digital Arts: 1, ($1,000) — Stephen Cunliffe, Port Townsend, “Burn,” photography; 2, ($400) — Aaron Brethorst, Seattle, “Adam & Son,” photography; 3, ($250) — Doran Bastin, Seattle, “Building Eater,” photography.

2-Dimensional Arts: 1, ($1,000) — Bonnie Bucknam, Vancouver, “Red Lightning,” fiber quilt; 2, ($400) — Antoaneta Georgiva, Seattle, “Strong,” acrylic painting; 3, ($250) — Mark O’Malley, Snohomish,  “Stonewall ’69,” acrylic painting.

3-Dimensional Arts: 1, ($1,000) — CJ Peltz, Redmond,  “Vertigo,” bronze sculpture; 2, ($400) — Sarah Fetterman, Seattle, “Muse X-Ray Machine,” mixed media sculpture; 3, ($250) — Kathy Thurston and Phil Hulse, Gig Harbor, “Raven Steals the Sun,” mixed media    sculpture.

Kitsap County Arts Board Purchase Prize Awards:  Dinah Satterwhite, Bainbridge Island, “Koi Klass,” photography — $600;  Raymond Gendreau, Bainbridge Island, “Frank Focusing,” — $295;  Gregory Nelson, Bremerton, “Indianola Pier,” photography — $250; Alexander Guptill, Bremerton, “PSNS Hammerhead Crane,” photography — $100

Business Sponsored Purchase Prize Awards: Jane Friedman, Bremerton, “Imagine,” mixed median painting — $4,500; Robert Berg, Orting, “Kalaloch Creek Abstract,” photography — $450; Karen Mittet, Poulsbo, “Celadon Forest,” ceramic sculpture — $150.

Exhibition organizer Alan Newberg noted, “Once again the CVG Show is truly is a museum quality show.  Each show reflects the vision of a different juror.  Leilani Lewis is the youngest juror yet.  I believe I can detect her more youthful vision in the flavor of this show.”

The complete 132-item 2015 CVG Show is on exhibit through 6 p.m. Feb. 27.  Images of all of artworks in the show, including the award-winning pieces, a list of participating artists and a schedule of events can found at Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sundays.

Voting for the $300 People’s Choice Award started when the show opened and runs through Feb. 25, when the winner will be announced at the gallery at 7 p.m. The event also will feature a gallery talk by Marie Weichman, Olympic College professor of art.

Information: 360-337-8327,,

— MM

2 thoughts on “Indianola’s Sterling wins CVG ‘Best of Show’ honors

  1. The CVG awards ceremony was a fiasco of the first order. The MC was unprepared, dull and down right rude when he flubbed up the presentation of not one but two awards and laughed it off . The “Juror” was TOTALLY unqualified also unprepared and should been removed and replaced with a replacement Juror after the CVG board learned that she was no longer employed by the museum and whomever the bank guy was that got up spoke was long winded and had no reason to speak. But that all is small potatoes to the fact that the winner of the Best of Kitsap award and a $1000 prize is a member of the CVG board and its president. I feel that this was total lack of transparency , a conflict of interest and unfair to all the other artist. No effort was made disclose this fact. Not one but TWO board members had art in this show. I feel that this show was a slap in the face to all the artist that entered this show and traveled from all over the state. In closing I must disclose that I have a painting in this show and do not speak for anyone but myself.

  2. Just a few facts about the CVG Show that bear upon Timothy Smith’s comments. The fact that the juror changed positions did not in any way change her qualifications. Her qualifications were well publicized in the show prospectus, including in the online entry form. Artists who entered knew her qualifications in advance. To have changed jurors would have been a disservice and a misrepresentation to all who entered. The CVG Show uses a “blind Jurying” process meaning that the juror does not have access to the names or communities of any of the entrants by design, so that members of the gallery may enter the show without compromising fairness. Gallery members bear the responsibility of staffing the gallery whether they are in he show or not. Non-member entrants do not share this responsibility. It would be unfair to them to deny them from eligibility to receive any of the awards since they must pay the entry fee just like any other person.

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