Sunshine Artist Magazine The 13th annual edition for best poster from all the festivals in North America. (If you are not familiar with Sunshine Artist, it is devoted to art shows and the artists who attend them, and is celebrating its 38th year of continuous publication this year). Judges from around the country evaluated
The best art for a poster for 2008 in 8 categories, and the judges were a distinguished lot:
JOYCE SHELTON, our lone returning judge from last
year, is an award-winning illustrator and designer who has enjoyed
a diverse career in art. Her talent is expressed in many disciplines,
including fine art painting in a variety of mediums, as well as graphic
design and illustration.
She currently designs products for the gift and home-decor
industries, in addition to fabrics, stationery and paper products that
are licensed and sold worldwide. Shelton’s previous judging credits
include the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival in Winter Park, Florida,
and the Cape Coral Festival of the Arts in Cape Coral, Florida.
Shelton shares her studio space in Altamonte Springs, Florida,
with her husband, Eddie Metz Jr., a world-class jazz musician.
JAMES LUSSIER is a supporter of visual and performing arts in
the Central Florida community and has co-produced the Orlando
Living and Art Expo in downtown Orlando, Florida. Lussier was the
last president of the Orlando Visual Artists’ League (OVAL), a non-
profit, volunteer-based organization committed to fostering social,
charitable and economic growth in the community. (OVAL operated
the OVAL on Orange Gallery in downtown Orlando for five years,
offering affordable artist studio space and monthly gallery openings
for hundreds of local artists.) He was also a board member of
Orlando’s Downtown Arts District (DAD) for six years, serving as president
in 2004. DAD supports theatres, galleries and artists’ studios in downtown
Orlando, and operates CityArts Factory.
Lussier is a partner in the Orlando law firm of Mateer Harbert, P.A.,
and concentrates his practice in the areas of eminent domain, inverse
condemnation, intellectual property, media law and general civil litigation.
He graduated in 1974 from the University of Notre Dame and in 1982 from
the University of Florida College of Law. He served as a helicopter pilot in the
United States Navy from 1974 to 1983.
DONNE BITNER (middle) is a senior faculty member in the Painting
and Drawing Department at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, Florida,
and maintains a studio at McRae Art Studio, also in Winter Park. Her
work has appeared in a variety of publications, including American Artist
Watercolor, International Artist and Watercolor Magic.
She has conducted numerous art workshops at institutions such as the
Vero Beach Museum of Art in Vero Beach, Florida; the Arrowmont School
of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee; and Rollins College in Winter
Park, Florida. In addition, her work can be seen in the collections of the
Huntsville Museum of Art in Hunstville, Alabama, and the Daytona Beach
Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida, among many
A signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Watercolor
USA Honor Society, and the Florida and Southern Watercolor Societies,
Bitner received a Florida Individual Artist’s Fellowship in 2002 and a State of
Florida Individual Artist Enhancement Grant in 2006.
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