Ellarslie Open 36

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Cassaundra Flor, Aeolian Cityscape – Best in Show Overall

Ellarslie Open 36

Juried Exhibit

Gallery Talk with Award-winning Artists

Sunday, May 19, 2019

1:30 pm

On Display
May 4, 2019 – July 7, 2019


Read the review by Janet Purcell.

Thanks to TrentonDaily for this article about the award winners.


New Jersey’s Premier Annual Juried Show
Over the years, the Ellarslie Open has become a significant exhibition, drawing from the work of professional artists while encouraging and recognizing the work of emerging artists. Today, the Ellarslie Open serves as New Jersey’s premier annual juried exhibit, with acceptance into the show being highly coveted.  The 36th annual Ellarslie Open broke all records for submissions in 2019, with 520 pieces submitted by 281 artists from the Delaware Valley and beyond. Nearly one hundred artists were first time applicants to the show. From the wide array of work by so many talented artists, the juror Liz Kelton Sheehan created an exhibition unlike any previous show, with a strong contemporary graphic component contrasted by more abstract works and highly-detailed still lifes.


Liz Kelton Sheehan, Juror
Independent Curator Liz Kelton Sheehan is an educator and independent curator of contemporary art with particular interests in public, interactive, and interdisciplinary projects. A resident of Bucks County, PA, she holds degrees in art history and museum studies from Bowdoin College and Tufts University, and has over 15 years of experience working with museums and organizations in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. Since moving to the area six years ago, Sheehan has curated exhibitions for the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; the James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA; and the Hicks Art Gallery at Bucks County Community College. In addition, she is the co-organizer of the Lambertville-New Hope PechaKucha series, which she started in 2015 to provide a forum for the creative communities on both sides of the Delaware.Awards and prizes have been announced.  Twenty-four artists in eight categories shared nearly $8000 in prizes.  In addition, four works of art were accepted into the collection. Congratulations to all the award winners.  And again, many thanks to Liz Sheehan for a fine job as juror.

Award-winning Works


Cassaundra Flor, Aeolian Cityscape The Blick Art Materials Award for Best in Show Overall

Chee Bravo, Subway Performers – Barcelona, TMS Purchase

Richard Hoffman, Indoor Winter Escape, TMS Purchase

Joseph Kazimierczyk, Firmly Rooted, TMS Purchase

Deborah W. Pey, Morning Light, C&C Purchase Award


Margie Milne, Portrait of Gabrielle, Pat and Julie Chiacchio Award for Best in Show – Drawing

Laurel Daunis-Allen, Reid Rocks, Jack Richeson Award for Runner Up – Drawing

Sue Ann Erickson, Karora, Award for Honorable Mention – Drawing


Carla Sakson, Sunrise, Hunter Research Award for Best in Show – Fiber Art

Lynne Hoffman, Barn, VI, Rago Fine Arts Award for Runner Up – Fiber Art

Marilyn Cowgill, Bow Knot (Transparency/Room Divider) Award for Honorable Mention – Fiber Art


Ivia Sky Yavelow,  Alphabet Soup, Jack Richeson Award for Best in Show – Mixed Media

Libby Ramage, GooGoo Doll, President’s Award for Runner Up – Mixed Media

Deirdre Sheean, Number 45, Award for Honorable Mention – Mixed Media


Patrick Seufert, Dual Extension, Mel Leipzig Award for Best in Show – Painting

Annelies van Dommelen, Broken Fence, Princeton Brush Award for Runner Up – Painting

Lisa Falkenstern, Boater, Gamblin Artists Oil Color Awards for Honorable Mention – Painting


Joseph Gilchrist, Praise Waiteth for Thee, Diane Ciccone & Kali McMillan Award for Best in Show – Photography

John Slavin, Doylestown, PA, Jerry’s Artarama Award for Runner Up – Photography

Kenneth Hess, United Nations, Manhattan, for Honorable Mention – Photography


Cassaundra Flor, Aeolian Cityscape, Rago Fine Arts Award for Best in Show – Printmaking

Marc Schimsky, Uncertainty, Trustees Award for Runner Up – Printmaking

Madelaine Shellaby, Mother’s Garden, Award for Honorable Mention – Printmaking


Carol Magner, Nurturing, Frank Weeden Sculpture Award for Best in Show – Sculpture

Ivar Raphael, Branch Vase, Jerry’s Artarama Award for Runner Up – Sculpture

Abby Zoline, Red #1, Award for Honorable Mention – Sculpture


Dallas Piotrowski, Winter in the Pines, Blick Art Materials Award for Best in Show – Watercolor

Karen Terry, Fall, Jack Richeson Award for Runner Up – Watercolor

Diane Greenberg, Terra, Goddess of Earth, Award for Honorable Mention – Watercolor


Associated Events

Gallery Talk
Sunday May 19, 2019, 1:30 pm
Award winners discuss their work with the public

Breakfast with the Judge
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 10 am
Over pastries and breakfast beverages, Juror Liz Shelton Sheehan will discuss how works in Ellarslie Open 36 were selected.


Selections from the Exhibit

Chee Bravo, Subway Performers – Barcelona; TMS Purchase

Richard Hoffman, Indoor Winter Escape, TMS Purchase

Joseph Kazimierczyk, Firmly Rooted; TMS Purchase

Margie Milne, Portrait of Gabrielle

Laurel Daunis-Allen, Reid Rocks

Sue Ann Erickson, Karora

Marilyn Cowgill, Bow Knot

Libby Ramage, GooGoo Doll

Deirdre Sheean, Number 45

Patrick Seufert, Dual Extension

Richard Hoffman, Indoor Winter Escape, TMS Purchase

Annelies van Dommelen, Broken Fence

John Slavin, Doylestown, PA

Madelaine Shellaby, Mother’s Gardens

Lisa Falkenstern, Boater

Kenneth Hess, United Nations, Manhattan

Carol Magner, Nurturing

Joseph Gilchrist, Praise Waiteth for Thee

Marc Schimsky, Uncertainty

Abby Zoline, Red #1

Karen Terry, Fall