Art News

Items of interest from the Signatures Gallery desk and the rest of the art world.

Pastel Portrait Wins Awards

Sandy Bonney's 8 x 10 inch pastel on paper of "ELLA" won a First Place in Professional Artist Division and the coveted People's Choice Award at the Azalea Festival Art Show in Brookings over the Memorial Day weekend. So many people were asking why this "photo" wasn't hanging with the other photos that a sign had to be put under the pastel that stated "This is not a photograph."

Sandy Bonney Finalist in Richeson75 Competition

The pastel portrait of "Percival" has been selected as a finalist in the Richeson75 Online Animals, Birds & Wildlife Competition. The notification stated, "There were several hundred entries for this contest! The artwork that was entered was phenomenol and the 75 finalist artworks are the best of the best, so be very proud of yourself!" You will be able to see the entire exhibit online November 15, 2011 at and find out which paintings are among the award winners selected by the esteemed Awards Juror Morten E. Solberg.


SIGNATURES GALLERY has joined BRIAN SCOTT GALLERY in a collaborative effort to keep art alive and well in Brookings, Oregon. Our new home is at 515 Chetco Avenue (Highway 101) just across the street and down two blocks from our old location. Our new home is a three story building, with the main floor as the gallery.

Portrait Gets Two Awards!

Sandy Bonney's pastel portrait of Albert Handell (one of the world's top pastel artists) won first place at the Pasadena Materials and Supplies Expo: Art! show in October. The portrait was also juried into the Pastel 100 Competition sponsored by the Pastel Journal Magazine. Over 4,500 entries were received from all over the world. Only 100 are selected, twenty from each of five categories. Albert was one of the those selected for the Figures and Portraits category and won an Honorable Mention. This piece will be in the April 2011 issue of the Pastel Journal Magazine.

Jan Kunz featured in Watercolor Magazine

The Winter 2010 issue of Watercolor Magazine's feature story is "Modern Masters: Jan Kunz" by Lynne Bahr. She writes,"This artist believes that passion, training, and hard work go a long way toward successful watercolor paintings." We agree, 100 percent!

Our New Website

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