“GILDED: Impressions of the Flagler Era” award winners (left to right): Xi Guo, Lyn Asselta, Jeanne Hollington, Roger Bansemer, Martha Ferguson, Paul Ladnier, Mary Hubley), Photo: Dan Voellinger

The moment was golden for several artists during the award ceremony for “GILDED: Impressions of the Flagler Era” — a plein air exhibition in St. Augustine, Florida, that featured works produced during a 10-day citywide paint-out in April. Who took home hardware?

Nearly 60 artists from throughout Florida and Georgia participated in the St. Augustine Plein Air Paint Out between April 21 and 30, which resulted in a stunning exhibition on view through May 28 at the St. Augustine Art Association. Judged by Flagler College Art Professor Donald Martin, “GILDED” was composed of paintings, drawings, and pastels all framed in gold, hence the name.

Roger Bansemer with “Early Morning at Flagler,” Best in Show, Photo: Dan Voellinger

Top honors (Best in Show) was awarded to Roger Bansemer for his brilliant painting titled “Early Morning at Flagler,” which earned him $1,000 cash. Bansemer was among six artists who accepted awards in front of a capacity crowd reception on May 7, which featured the First Coast Opera.

Donna Biggee of Atlanta, Georgia; Photo: Elyse Brady

Internationally acclaimed artist Xi Guo won the $500 First Place award for her watercolor painting “Memorial Presbyterian Church.” Lyn Asselta was awarded Second Place for “Morning Light: St. George Street,” a pastel street scene. The Third Place prize went to Jeanne Hollington, for “Lightner Museum Courtyard,” an oil painting, and Martha Ferguson received Fourth Place for her nocturne painting “Spring Lights.”

Randy Pitts of Jacksonville, Florida, Photo: Elyse Brady

Paul Ladnier earned Honorable Mention for his oil painting “Ancient City Wall,” and Mary Hubley’s “Quiet Pathway” also garnered an Honorable Mention.

Marianne Lerbs of St. Augustine, Florida, at the “Gilded” paint-out, Photo: Mary Ann Rosenthal

“St. Augustine has a rich heritage of attracting plein air artists,” said Elyse Brady, executive director of the St. Augustine Art Association. “The success of this paint-out and juried art exhibition shows the tradition is very much alive today and will continue into the future.”

To learn more, visit the St. Augustine Art Association.

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