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1st Annual Wild Art Open



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Thursday, 1 September 2022 to Friday, 30 September 2022

Wild Heart Gallery's 1st Annual Wild Art Open features wildlife and animal artwork in a range of genres and mediums. The mission of the gallery is to promote the work of wildlife artists and artists who incorporate animals into their artwork in both non-traditional and traditional forms. Mediums include, painting, sculpture, digital art, traditional printmaking, mixed media, photography, and drawing/pastels.

Congratulations to each artist whose work was accepted into Wild Heart Gallery's inaugural juried art exhibition! Artwork for this exhibition was selected by jury based on originality, technique, skill, and quality of work. 

The artwork shown here is a detail image of the Best in Show award winning piece, The Last One Standing, by Erin Leon. This is a woodcut print of a life-size young polar bear. The full print is approximately 3.5x7 feet. Please use the links below to visit the virtual exhibition so that you may enjoy this piece in its full glory.

Best in Show
The Last One Standing, by Erin Leon

Overall Runner Up
I Have a Secret, by Shawna Hinkel

Overall Honorable Mentions
Leslie Verbist, Debbie Morris, Bhaswati Sinha, Shawna Hinkel, Kathleen Bartl, Debbie Morris, Cher Pruys, Carolyn Quan, Caroline Pike, Adrienne Mixon

Best in Category

  • Drawing and Pastels
    Debbie Morris
  • Graphics and Printmaking
    Erin Leon
  • Mixed Media
    Adrienne Mixon
  • Painting
    Leslie Verbist
  • Photography
    Shawna Hinkel
  • Sculpture
    Kathleen Bartl

Special Merit Awards
Molly Sims, Michael Doering, Jackie Lee, Debbie Morris, Cher Pruys, Carolyn Quan, Amish Chhagan, Pamela Nigro, Keia Kato-Berndt, Amish Chhagan

Selected Artists
Adrienne Mixon, Amanda Ward, Amish Chhagan, Ashleigh Abrams, Bhaswati Sinha, Caroline Pike, Carolyn Quan, Caylin Schwartz, Cher Pruys, Debbie Morris, Erin Leon, Jackie Lee, Jane Muschenetz, Julie Baer, Kathleen Bartl, Keia Kato-Berndt, Leslie Verbist, Maria Pazos, Michael Doering, Michael Putorti, Molly Sims, Pamela Nigro, Sabrina Cal, Sarah Crumb, Shawna Hinkel, and Summer Bhullar

Thank you to every artist who submitted work for consideration. It was a strong collection of work to jury.

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Virtual event:

Wild Heart Gallery , Cathedral City

Other events from Wild Heart Gallery

Masters of Wildlife Art 2024, Debbie Morris Best in Show
2024 Masters of Domestic Animal Art, Best in Show Julie Freund
At Large, Animals on the Loose, Chris Brain is Best in Show
Colorful Creatures, Laura Green is Best in Show



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