ARTYA Awards (Artivist Of The Year Award)
by Steve Joel
ArtTour International Magazine in collaboration with Artists for a Green Planet honored various artists for their role in environmental conservation through the ARTYA Awards. The award ceremony held on 9th of November, 2018 saw world renown artists from around the globe converge to celebrate their achievements and contributions in making the world a better place through art.
Nine leading artists from all over the world were the proud recipients of this prestigious award including A.C. Lindner, Alison Barrows Young, Brian Rock, Elena Gutierrez, Finnur Frodasson, Mague Brewer, Nimi Trehan, Robert Ross and Judith Gale who also made the cover of the fall 2018 issue of ArtTour International magazine, showcasing her stunning glow in the dark series in the same issue.
The award appreciated the artists’ concerted efforts in raising awareness of the plight of the planet on the precipice of destruction. Various pieces intended to enlighten the masses and instigate a change of heart towards caring for the earth were put on display. The pieces told of the imminent destruction of an otherwise proliferating planet caused by our carelessness. They gave viewers a chance to reflect on their overall attitude towards the planet and hopefully evoke positive change.
Special recognition and ARTYA Awards were also given to a few artists who were absent with apologies. These artists include Lisa Levasseur, Barbara Tyler Ahfield, Tara Del Rey, Aase Birkaug, Dr. Diane Howard and Jerry Venditti. Though not in attendance, their presence was still felt in their various artwork and their contributions equally celebrated.
The special award presented to the said artist was a creative masterpiece by Vivian Puello. The piece titled “Ocean Blue” captured the intensity of feeling and highlighted the general goal and mission of both organizations. The artwork was done in recycled pieces of wood with the artist’s favorite mixes of blue oil pigments together with powdered Lapis to give it that ocean feel. The borders were painted in dazzling gold and gold foil added to give it a more natural look and feel. Hand drafted letters were also added to the piece, and a coat of resin applied to seal everything in place. The essential element of the piece, however, was copious amounts of love poured wholeheartedly by the artist in sincere appreciation of the artists work and general admiration for the planet.
The hallmark event heralded the beginning of a global wave of artists keen on protecting the environment from further destruction and making the world a better place.
For more information visit www.artistsforagreenplanet.org