Sunnyside Artists holds annual art show at Copper Kettle on Skillman Avenue

From LR: Amin Siad of Fresh and Save, 1st Prize Winner Casey Concelmo, Pat Tunney of Copper Kettle, Pat Dorfman of Sunnyside Artists, Board Member Julie Won, Regina McCarthy of Copper Kettle, 2nd Prize Winner Beth- Anne Farmer, 3rd Prize winner Arlene Leibson Fiorella and Manny Gomez of Sunnyside Artists.

May 2, 2022 By Czarinna Andres

A Sunnyside arts group announced the winners of their annual competition last week.

Sunnysideartists, a non-profit organization established in 2007, has announced the three winners of its “Self-Portrait” competition, with the first receiving $500, the second $300 and the third $200. The winners were determined by the participating artists via a blind jury.

The prizes, officially known as the Luke Adams Art Prizes, are named after the late Luke Adams, who was a Sunnyside civic leader who died in 2014. The winners were announced Wednesday at the Copper Kettle on Skillman Avenue.

Board member Julie Won presented the awards.

The highest honor went to Sunnysider Casey Concelmo, for a small “Self-Portrait”, which is a depiction of himself surrounded by gold leaf, wearing a cloth towel over his head, with only his chin visible. The towel bears a “Crate & Barrel” label.

Concelmo has won the Luke Adams Award in the past and he often works with egg tempera paint and gold leaf.

First: Luke Adams Art Prize to Casey Concelmo

Bayside newcomer Beth-Anne Farmer came in second for “Ultimate Determination,” for a portrait in pastels representative of her inner feelings. She said she was walking around Sunnyside and saw a flyer and decided to come in.

Farmer said she had devoted herself to artwork again during quarantine but was not confident in her work.

Second: Luke Adams Art Prize to Beth-Anne Farmer

Third place was Arlene Leibson Fiorella, who lives in the Big Six Towers in Woodside, for her oil painting titled: “I Hid My Face in Venice”. Fiorella has participated in many SunnysideArtists events over the years.

Third: Luke Adams Art Prize to Arlene Leibson Fiorella

The judgment was made in silence, in writing, the names of all the artists being hidden from the jurors.

The event’s main sponsor was Amin Siad of Fresh ‘n’ Save on Skillman Avenue. This was the third year that Fresh ‘n’ Save has sponsored the awards.

Wednesday’s event included a wine reception. All of the works that were part of the event are on display at the Copper Kettle and are on sale until May 31. The price of artwork ranges from $125 to $2,500.

SunnysideArtists President Manny Gomez said, “We’re so pleased with the interpretation variation of Self Portrait,” he said, noting that 68 artists participated.


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