Best In Show
Sarah Miquelle, “Phragmites”
Having reviewed the panel of entries online, oh, maybe 50 times before I came to the Cape, this painting remained in my mind. When I walked into the room and actually was able to experience the incredible energy in this uplifting work I immediately knew it was going to be a top award winner. The vertical strokes, the determination of the artist to force me to move up through the painting only to make me stop dead in my visual tracks when my eye was caught by the bright turquoise marks on my visual journey upwards. Breaking all the rules by not using this color throughout the painting made those marks somewhat of a rebel with a cause. But it worked! By pushing the envelope with bright color and the force of directional strokes this piece was my top choice. Kudos are in order for creating this spectacular piece.