Gasparilla Best-In-Show: Nancy Cervenka

Board of Director's Award ($7,500)

Presented by Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Board President Mac McCoy

"Coconut Basket," a fiber work by Jean Yao of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Booth #184)

Roddy Brownlee Reed Award of Artistic Excellence ($4,500)

Presented by Andy Maass, trustee of Reed's estate and ex-officio member of the Festival Board

"Dreams of His Father," a painting by James Michaels of Palm Harbor, Fla. (Booth #40)

Mayor's Award ($3,500)

Presented by Santiago Corrada, Neighborhood Services Administrator, City of Tampa

"They'll Greet You With Flowers," a mixed media piece by Carolina Cleere of Tampa, Fla. (Booth #298)

Anniversary Award ($2,500)

Presented by Festival Founders Don Clark & Jim Turner

"Kiva Jar," a ceramic work by Marvin Blackmore of Dolores, Colo. (Booth #36)

Friends of the Arts of the Tampa Museum of Art Award ($2,000)

Presented by Friends of the Arts President Jacque Griggs

"Bar Cabinet," a wood piece by Lance Munn and Vicki Munn of Bloomfield, Ind. (Booth #174)

Awards of Merit ($1,300 - 30 awarded)

Presented by Board President Mac McCoy and Festival Co-Chairs Kenya Reddy, Shaka Scott and Allison Shamblin

"Amboyna Burl," a wood piece by James Barnes of Woolwine, Virg. (Booth #20)

"Gerabera Blanco," a photographic work by Daryl Bunn of Jacksonville, Fla. (Booth #27)

"Split Vase, Gears #7," a glass piece by Todd Cameron of Minneapolis, Minn. (Booth #29)

"Virginia," a mixed media work by Kimberly Chalos of Evansville, Ind. (Booth # 201)

"Unititled," a wood piece by Lloyd Chaney of Palm Bay, Fla. (Booth #32)

"To Purity," a mixed media work by John Cheng of Coram, New York (Booth #119)

"Mile Marker #131," a mixed media piece by Chris Dahlquist of Kansas City, Mo. (Booth #240)

"Mia Series," a mixed media work by Ummarid Eitharong of Orlando, Fla. (Booth #102)

"Fox Sphere XIII," jewelry by Pam Fox of Sarasota, Fla. (Booth #266)

"Language Cannot Do Everything," a mixed media piece by Benjamin Frey of Montreal, QC (Booth #84)

"Untitled," a painting by Charles Gatewood of Phenix City, Ala. (Booth #195)

"Anfora de Lineas," a ceramic piece by Luis Enrique Gutierrez of Zebulon, NC (Booth #89)

"American Saint," a mixed media piece by Aaron Hequembourg of Monticello, GA (Booth #112)

"Bird on Bed of Leaves," a ceramic work by John Herbon of Saint Ignace, Mich. (Booth #91)

"Adam and Eve," a mixed media piece by Nicario Jimenez of Naples, Fla. (Booth #125)

"Rosebud Necklace," jewelry by Wiwat Kamolpornwijit of Alexandria, VA (Booth #100)

"Pedestal Bowl," a ceramic piece by William Kidd of Miramar, Fla. (Booth #28)

"My Garden After Glass," a glass work by Duncan McClellan of Tampa, Fla. (Booth #275)

"The Patch," a photographic work by Marius Moore of Gulfport, Fla. (Booth #205)

"Chalice," a glass piece by Stephen Nelson of Schillington, Penn. (Booth #140)

"Train Upa Child," a mixed media work by Mary Proctor and Tyrone Proctor of Tallahassee, Fla. (Booth #213)

"Lake Marion," a photographic work by Paul Shatz of Charleston, SC (Booth #154)

"Red/Black Elegance," jewelry by Alexa Smarsh of Key Largo, Fla. (Booth #273)

"Ferns-3Some," a ceramic work by James Spiroff of Deltona, Fla. (Booth #263)

"Table," a mixed media piece by John and Camille Staropoli of Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Booth #90)

"Visit to Galipoli," a watercolor by Gergory Strachov of Floral City, Fla. (Booth #75)

"Space Jewelry," jewelry by Lauran Sundin of Concord, NH (Booth #214)

"5 Drawer/Oddly Stacked," a wood work by Greg Thomas-Moore of Deltona, Fla. (Booth #226)

"Merrit Island," a photograph by William Underwood of Pinellas Park, Fla. (Booth #46)

"Fresh Eggs," a watercolor by Michael Weber of Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Booth #109)

SkyPoint/Intown Group Emerging Artist Award ($1,000)

Rudolph Lopez, a woodturning artist, of Tampa, Fla.

Megan Voeller is Creative Loafing’s visual art critic. She teaches at the University of Tampa and The Art Institute of Tampa and blogs at

From the press release:

Selecting from a field of more than 300 acclaimed artists displaying their works, juror Martha Connell, owner and director of Connell Gallery/Great American Gallery in Atlanta, has named the recipients of 39th annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts cash awards. This year, the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts awards total $75,000, the highest amount ever awarded in a single year.

Connell has selected the following pieces as to be recognized and the artists to receive the cash awards:

Raymond James Financial Best of Show Award ($15,000)

Presented by Geoffrey Simon, Senior Vice President, Raymond James Financial

"Wearable Art," a sculpture by Nancy Cervenka of Gulfport, Fla. (Booth #180) — pictured above—

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