The Last One Standing by Erin Leon receives Best in Show

1st Annual Wild Art Open is proud to announce Erin Leon as Best in Show

Art News from United States. Published by Wild Heart Gallery on Wednesday 31 August 2022.

Congratulations to Erin Leon for her work, The Last One Standing, winning Best Overall at Wild Heart Gallery's 1st Annual Wild Art Open! The woodcut depicts a life-size young polar bear standing on its hind legs, facing the viewer. The piece is somewhat abstracted and the cuts are inventive and purposeful.

The Last One Standing, woodcut print of a life-size polar bear by Erin Leon. This image is a detail view of just the head and shoulders.

Wild Heart Gallery’s 1st Annual Wild Art Open features wildlife and animal artwork in a range of genres and mediums. The mission of the gallery is to promote the work of wildlife artists and artists who incorporate animals into their artwork in both non-traditional and traditional forms. Mediums include, painting, sculpture, digital art, traditional printmaking, mixed media, photography, and drawing/pastels.

Congratulations to each artist whose work was accepted into Wild Heart Gallery’s inaugural juried art exhibition! Artwork for this exhibition was selected by jury based on originality, technique, skill, and quality of work. 

The artwork shown here is a detail image of the Best in Show award winning piece, The Last One Standing, by Erin Leon. This is a woodcut print of a life-size young polar bear. The full print is approximately 3.5×7 feet. Please visit the virtual exhibition so that you may enjoy this piece in its full glory.

Best in Show

The Last One Standing, by Erin Leon

Overall Runner Up

I Have a Secret, by Shawna Hinkel

Overall Honorable Mentions

Leslie Verbist, Debbie Morris, Bhaswati Sinha, Shawna Hinkel, Kathleen Bartl, Debbie Morris, Cher Pruys, Carolyn Quan, Caroline Pike, Adrienne Mixon

Best in Category
• Drawing and Pastels
: Debbie Morris
• Graphics and Printmaking
Erin Leon
• Mixed Media

: Adrienne Mixon
• Painting
Leslie Verbist
• Photography

: Shawna Hinkel
• Sculpture
Kathleen Bartl

Special Merit Awards

Molly Sims, Michael Doering, Jackie Lee, Debbie Morris, Cher Pruys, Carolyn Quan, Amish Chhagan, Pamela Nigro, Keia Kato-Berndt, Amish Chhagan

Selected Artists
Adrienne Mixon, Amanda Ward, Amish Chhagan, Ashleigh Abrams, Bhaswati Sinha, Caroline Pike, Carolyn Quan, Caylin Schwartz, Cher Pruys, Debbie Morris, Erin Leon, Jackie Lee, Jane Muschenetz, Julie Baer, Kathleen Bartl, Keia Kato-Berndt, Leslie Verbist, Maria Pazos, Michael Doering, Michael Putorti, Molly Sims, Pamela Nigro, Sabrina Cal, Sarah Crumb, Shawna Hinkel, and Summer Bhullar

Thank you to every artist who submitted work for consideration. It was a strong collection of work to jury.