Winter Park Art Festival Prize Winners


Many congratulations to wood worker Matthew Hatala of Danielsville, Ga., who won the Best of Show award at the 49th annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. His entry in the wood category was titled “Sable Palm.” The top award carries a $10,000 prize. Matthew is a perennial award winner. I hope you have been able to see him and his work at an art fair near you.

Award winner at Winter ParkHere are the rest of the award winners:

Morse Museum Award ($2,500)

David McKirdy, Tampa, mixed media


Awards of Excellence ($2,000 each)

Matthew Cornell, Orlando, painting

Farhana Hussain, Buchanan, Va., watercolor

Edward Risak and Julie Risak, Marquette, Mich., clay

Bruce Peeso, Monson, Mass., painting

John Whipple, Winter Park, sculpture

James Carter, Southbury, Conn., painting

Frederick Warren, North Muskegon, Mich., glass

Richard Pociask, Chicago, drawings and graphics

Russell Yerkes, Tarboro, N.C., watercolor

John Mascoll, Safety Harbor, wood


Awards of Distinction ($1,000 each)

Robert Coleman, Mount Vernon, Ohio, glass

Steven Olszewski, Pinckney, Mich., clay

James Barnes, Woolwine, Va., wood

Susan Livingston, Lutz, sculpture

Lee Cohn, Bloomington, Ind., jewelry

Don Carter, Longwood, wood

Anna Quinn, Dundee, N.Y., leather (photo above was taken in Anna’s booth)

Bill and Jon Slade, Jacksonville, glass

Jeannie Maddox and Sam Maddox, Dothan, Ala., painting

Barbara Kline, Ketchum, Idaho, mixed media

Guillermo Portieles, Tampa, painting

Karen Leffel-Massengill, Palm City, watercolor

Ray Hartl, Salem, Wis., photography

Micheal Cole, Hannibal, Mo., photography

Danny Meisinger, Spring Hill, Kan., clay

John Thursby, Ocala, painting

Dustin Harris, Fairborn, Ohio, clay

Patricio Ferreira and Neena Ferreira, Orlando, jewelry

Dave Bruner, Sarasota, drawings and graphics

William Kidd, Miramar, clay

Yep, I lifted the entire article from the newspaper, but here’s the link in the Orlando Sentinel if you are interested in more info.

It is worth a “google” on these names to see the work of some of the top artists in the country.

If you didn’t make it to Winter Park and are looking for some background on the event read this good overview by Chad at the blog “Living Orlando”:


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2 Responses to “Winter Park Art Festival Prize Winners”

  1. stacy Says:

    My mother is an artist. I would like her to enter the show for next year event. How can she register for the event?

    Thank you,

  2. Constance Mettler Says:

    Hi Stacy,

    She should visit the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival website: and contact the organizers to be put on their mailing list to receive an application for the 2009 art fair. This application will probably be ready in the early fall and she will have to submit for jurying. Good luck!

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