And.. The winner is ……………..

Artists Awards 2013

Best Expression of the Wellfield Gardens: Stacy Lankford Photography

Best Overall: Gina Mitchell Watercolor

Best Booth Display: Nancy Nagy

Judges for awards:

Bob Cross: Cross is a graduate of Atlanta College of Art (Bachelor of Arts in sculpture) and received a masters in fine arts in painting from Ohio University. Cross approaches painting in a very dramatic and textural way. His experience as a master printer with Tyler Graphics in New York City brought him in direct and influential contact with the Who’s Who in American Contemporary Art: Hockney, Frankenthaler, Lichtenstein, Sendak and many others. His work has been featured in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institute, Scripps-Howard corporate headquarters, Champion International and many others. Locally, he has worked on mural restoration and installation, historic house interiors and architectural finishes.
Cyndee Marks: Marks is a graduate of Indiana University where she received her BS in 1975 and MS in 1979. She taught in the Elkhart Community Schools for 30+ years and retired in 2008. Marks has exhibited at the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, IN and received several juried prizes, many patron collections and Taste of the Gardens winner of Best overall in 2011.
Currently a studio potter- Cyndee has been working in clay for over 50 years. She continues to explore throwing and hand building with an emphasis on form and conceptual surface design- from her home studio.

John Okleshen: Okleshen attended Indiana University on a full scholarship to play football. He studied silversmithing and jewelry design under the renowned designer and artist- Alma Eikerman while at IU. Moved to Elkhart in 1975, started his own business in 1981, Okleshen Designs where he produced several award-winning designs. He soon established himself as a Master Jeweler and occasionally was called upon to do custom work and diamond setting for local jewelers. In 2004 John joined houses with the Sorg’s and has been employed as their master jeweler ever since. Okleshen’s work and commentary on jewelry design has been featured in Modern Jeweler magazine. He has also created artwork for local charitable organizations to be auctioned off at fundraisers.