Jurors

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Joe Gyurcsak, AIS, OPA, ISAP, paints a broad range of subject matter including interiors, still life, figurative and landscape painting. He has a keen sense for capturing the essence of his subject matter with a bold and candid approach. Joe studied at Parsons School of Design and The School of Visual Arts in New York and had a successful illustration career early on. Later, he went on to study with many leading representational painters of our time in pursuit of a fine art career. He exhibits, lectures, judges and demonstrates across the country. Joe, a gifted teacher able to convey complex concepts and techniques to students with simple concepts, has taught workshops and privately for more than 25 years. His award winning paintings continue to gain the interest of collectors. Visit Joe's website for more information.

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Valerie Craig has pursued her lifelong passion for painting on a full-time basis for more than 20 years. Known for her expressive brushwork, she believes that painting is a celebration of life and the beauty that surrounds us. She feels that her best expressions happen when she is on location and can directly sense the mood and atmosphere of a particular scene. Valerie is the recipient of many awards in the United States and abroad, and has judged national and international painting competitions, including Ireland’s Art in the Open, Floyd Plein Air, Solomons Island Plein Air and Norfolk Plein Air.Valerie has had numerous solo exhibitions and enjoys teaching workshops. Visit Valerie’s website for more information.

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