Laguna Beach Art-A-Fair Artists Honored with Awards


April 20, 2011 Art-A-Fair, the renowned summer art festival in Laguna Beach, is proud to announce that three of its exhibiting artists have been honored with awards recognizing the high quality of their art. Susan Driscoll received Honorable Mention from Salon International, 2011, an annual juried painting exhibition currently showing in San Antonio, Texas; Merilou Jenkins was named Artist of the Month for April by; and Marjorie Kinney received Best in Show, Acrylic, at the annual Laguna Woods Art Association’s (LWAA) Oil and Acrylic Painting Show, held earlier this month.

Susan Driscoll, a resident of Santa Ana and Art-A-Fair exhibitor for three years, received Honorable Mention for her painting, Voyeur, from Salon International, an annual juried exhibition of representational paintings. The show, prestigious and competitive, is held at the Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in San Antonio, Texas. “It is considered an honor simply to be accepted to show. While I have loved art all my life, I’m a relatively new artist, and I was delighted to be awarded Honorable Mention,” Driscoll stated.

Through her paintings, Driscoll shares her personal vision of how she sees the world, with all of its beauty, mystery, terror and irony. “I specialize in painting people and buildings. More than anything, I love the challenge of conveying emotion on a person’s face, or showing intense relationships between people,” she says. It was her childhood wish to one day entertain people with her creative expression. But painting wouldn’t become part of her life until 2002, when life, opportunity and encouragement all merged, and her husband suggested she take that painting class she’d always meant to. Having just moved to Santa Ana, within walking distance of Santa Ana College, Driscoll signed up for the painting class, and took her first step toward positioning herself in the art world. Today her personal fulfillment as a painter is complemented by her success as an award-winning and commissioned artist.

Merilou Jenkins, a nine year artist with Art-A-Fair and resident of Wildomar (Riverside County), is’s April artist of the month. Her winning necklace, Blue Obsession, was selected for its stunning beauty and hand craftsmanship. It is made of dichroic glass, Jenkins’ hand-made specialty, which is glass containing multiple, ultra thin layers of metal oxides that give the glass numerous color properties. A second and equally magnificent dichroic necklace, won Jenkins a third place award in the jewelry category of the Gallery of Excellence Competition at the Glass Craft and Bead Expo held earlier this month in Las Vegas.

In addition to a career teaching high school art, Jenkins has made her own personal journey through different art mediums, materials, and influences. At Art-A-Fair, guests enjoy her artistic diversity of mixed media, ceramics and jewelry. “With each sojourn into a different medium, I have discovered new techniques that have made a mark on my work on the road to artistic creation,” she says. “I am passionate about creating my jewelry. Ideas dance around in my head and I cannot wait to get into my studio to try them out!” she continued. Jenkins may be retired from teaching, but she is busier than ever traveling to high end shows around the country fulfilling her artistic passion.

Marjorie Kinney, a resident of Laguna Woods and an Art-A-Fair exhibitor for 19 years, was awarded for her abstract diptych entitled Summer Reds. According to Kinney, “It dances with primary colors, transparent and opaque, with gold swirling highlights.” This is the second award for Kinney from LWAA. She won Best in Show in 2010 for her oil painting of the shoreline near Monterey, California, “Sound of the Pacific Shore”.

Kinney, retired from her corporate career, holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and has served on two Fortune 500 Boards of Directors. Now able to devote herself to her art full-time, her radar up is always up for her next inspiration. “I assimilate visual material and ideas, then choose what appeals to my immediate interest, assess my skills, and put paint to my conclusions,” Kinney states. She combines her continuing love for business with her passion for art by teaching painting to corporate spouses attending business meetings with their significant others. Kinney’s works will be exhibited at the upcoming May 15 Balboa Island Artwalk, at which more than 100 fine artists will exhibit during the one day show.

Art-A-Fair is a premiere art show held every summer in Laguna Beach. 2011 marks the 45th anniversary season, which begins June 24 and runs through August 28. It is the only one of the three Laguna summer art festivals that exhibits international, national and local artists. Its reputation for exceptional fine art promises an outstanding exhibition by 125 artists. Additional information, including hours, discounted admission and more, may be found at Friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.

Teri Powers
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