March 2019
We’re just about two weeks out from announcing the winners of our ‘Best of the Best’ contest and with more than 1,000 votes so far, it’s definitely a close race for first place! To help your favorite piece take the title of ‘Best of the Best for 2018’, make sure to visit our Facebook page and ‘like’ the artwork you think should win.

With this year marking the 5 th anniversary of our annual online contest, we are celebrating by giving the top 5 pieces with the most votes cash prizes! The top prize is $150 and includes a feature article in our E-newsletter.

Voting ends Monday, April 1 at noon (EST) with all winners being announced via Facebook.

For eight years Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and the National Arts Program have partnered to bring forth some amazing art from their medical community. The show consisted of over 200 pieces of varied visual artworks this year from many talented artists including health care providers, professional staff, students, teachers, alumni, volunteers and their family members. Coordinator Noreen Gomez has certainly set the bar high when it comes to showcasing the arts. She handles many exhibits throughout the year and ensures that hundreds of exceptional artworks are constantly gracing the walls and glass cases of the B-level in their Medical Science Building.
Their Annual National Arts Program exhibit gives people an opportunity to see another side of their coworkers and students. The exhibition brings people together for a purpose that stands in contrast to their daily work. Noreen commented that they had their best attendance to date with over 170 guests gathering to celebrate at the February 14th Awards Ceremony. 

3 Rock the Arts is a team of three very talented ladies – Toni Brock, Evette Goldstein and Jeanne Trueax – who put on three large annual art shows in the Castle Rock, CO area as well as assist the Parker Artist Guild with other sponsored projects. These ladies are also the ones responsible for bringing the NAP exhibit back to Front Range in 2018 after a brief two year break due to the disbandment of the Greater Castle Rock Arts Guild, which had previously provided a coordinator for the show.

It is because of their belief and dedication to the program, that the Philip S. Miller Library was once again filled with artwork created by the Castle Rock community. This year’s exhibit showcased 110 pieces from all levels and abilities creating a beautiful display of creativity for all to enjoy. It’s obvious that participants and visitors to the library were thrilled to have the show back as the coordinators received numerous comments from library attendees stating that the show was the best show they had seen in a while.

The judges had so many wonderful things to say about the artworks in the Ventura County National Arts Program Exhibition. Some of the wonderful comments included; “I couldn’t stop staring at it. Well done”, “a striking painting by a budding painter”, “Perfectly captured”, “This artist shows great potential and I can see them going far”, and “The joy of creativity jumps off the canvas!” These art professionals had nothing but positive thoughts on the talents that existed in all ages and levels of ability in this showcase.

The Best of Show award this year went to Ozivane Hobbs for ‘Flowers’ a piece the judges stated, “feels like it belongs in a museum. It is lovely and understated and evokes a confidence and beauty from its creator.” The task of judging is a difficult one but it’s obvious it was made even more challenging in Ventura due to the extraordinary number of talented artists in this community. The National Arts Program congratulates all the participants of the 17 th Annual showcase which was displayed from Nov 30, 2018 to Jan 8, 2019 and thanks the Ventura County Arts Council for another show well done.