Judging the Art at Shrimp Festival

World renown, artists and instructors, Bill Maurer and Ken Wallin will be judging the art in this year's Shrimp Festival.

Judging the Art at Shrimp Festival

Sketches of Amelia Island by: William Maurer

The Island Art Association Shrimp Festival Committee, headed by Pat Hooks, have announced that world renown, artists and instructors, Bill Maurer and Ken Wallin will be judging the art in this year’s show.

The pair will be escorted through the festival early Saturday morning looking for distinguished pieces in a variety of mediums on display by over 305 artists participating in the Shrimp Festival and competing for $9,850 in prize money. All art work must be original and the work of the showing artist.

Winners will be selected in the following categories:

    -Paintings: Acrylics, Oils, Pastels, Watercolors
    -Mixed Media: Drawing, Printmaking
    -Creative Crafts: Baskets, Florals, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Wood

William Maurer

William Maurer

William Maurer, a gifted watercolorist, was educated at Pratt Institute, received his Master of Architecture from Harvard University and entered the premiere class of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. As an international architect, Bill traveled throughout North Africa and retired from his own firm in Morocco. Bill continues to work in his studio and conducts watercolor workshops when his schedule permits. His well-known charming street and boat scenes are illustrated in his book, Sketches Of Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, The Mark of William Maurer is available locally or on his website at www.maurerfineart.com.

SearchAmelia recently caught William Maurer and Tony VanHasselt logging some hours in Plein Air Painting in historic Fernandina Beach:


Ken Wallin paints with oils and studied at The New York Artists League, in the southwest and with many regional artists. Ken has combined his love and training in the arts with a Ph.D degree in counseling psychology. He has self published works in anger control, positive thinking using the arts and creativity as a tool for health and healing. In addition, Ken has published a book of his art and painting journeys around the world… The Creative Art Adventures of Ken Wallin. Ken paints in his studio and regularly offers 2-3 day workshops on St. Simons. To learn more about Ken, visit www.wallingallery.com.

If selected for judging, artists will find a colored sticker on their booth card and they are required to take their work to the IAA Art Education Center, so that judging can take place. Artists will know later that day, when they come to pick up their work, whether or not they have won a prize.

There will be an Island Art Association Patron Booth at the corner of Centre and N. 2nd Streets displaying information about the association and ongoing community programs. Visitors at the festival who wish may become a participating Art Patron at the Shrimp Festival, by stopping by the booth and making a commitment to purchase $100 or more from an artist vendor. The Art Patron will then be given a large, green ribbon to present to the artist vendor to display in their booth during the festival denoting a purchase.

The arts and crafts exhibit has been consistently recognized as one of the best art events in North America by Sunshine Artist Magazine and has been ranked in the Top 200 many times in recent years.

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