Art & Photography Exhibition

“Summers had a logic all their own and they always brought something out in me. Summer was supposed to be about freedom and youth and no school and possibilities and adventure and exploration. Summer was a book of hope. That’s why I loved and hated summers. Because they made me want to believe.”
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Summer brings with it long days, sunshine, flowers and thunder storms! Summer smells of sun rays, of rain clouds, of horses and of fresh cut grass; it smells of barbecue and Pina coladas, sunscreen and watermelons, fresh strawberries and lake breeze! And that is precisely why Summer is the most GLORIOUS season one can ever imagine, and its gloriousness is super energizing, inspiring and invigorating!

With this Exhibition, we are celebrating Summer! With nearly 200 beautiful submissions and with our Curator/Juror Diane working hard to select the finalists and winners, we are proud to present our beautiful “Summer & Flowers” Gallery to you, which we hope will fill your day with colours and good mood!


Diane Soward is an award-winning Canadian born artist with great passion for art. She grew up in the small town of Penetanguishene, located on the shores of Georgian Bay. Over the years, and with an accounting degree in in hand, Diane has established a very successful artist career.

“I was very impressed by the quality and diversity of the submissions. In jurying the art show, I focused on uniquess, composition, skill and technique, texture and colour and subject matter. Although some submission were excellent, I had to decline a few as they were not consistent with the theme of the art show. Also a few of the images were blurry. However, I was delighted to view and judge these submissions and overall, excellent work!!”

Tall Sequoia Gallery is thanking all artists for participating, and expresses its heart-felt congratulations to all winners and Honorable Mention Recipients!

Exhibition Winners

1st Place (Traditional Art)
Lance Young
from the USA with his mixed media work “Flower Princess”.
Juror’s Feedback: Wonderful, soft, pleasurable composition and technically well created. Captures light beautifully.
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1st Place (Photography & Digital Art)
Daniela Mazzeo
from Italy with her photograph “Relationship”.
Juror’s Feedback: Very creative composition. I can see other images within this painting, including a face.
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2nd Place (Traditional Art)
Alexey Adonin from Israel with his oil painting “Shore of Fancies”.
Juror’s Feedback: Unique abstract composition. Love the beach and creative shapes in this painting.
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2nd Place (Photography & Digital Art)
John Diephouse from the USA with his photograph “Expecting to Fly”.
Juror’s Feedback: Beautiful photograph of a young sunflower about to bloom.
Excellent use of light, capturing the fine hairs on the stem. I enjoyed seeing another bud between the stems.
Love that not all floral photographs need to be in full bloom to be beautiful.
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3rd Place (Traditional Art)
Emily Shih from Taiwan with her acrylic painting “Awakening”.
Juror’s Feedback: Fantastic use of colour in this painting. I feel the heat, energy and joyfulness of the summer.
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3rd Place (Photography & Digital Art)
Arthur Karasik from Canada with his digital painting “Flower Girl”.
Juror’s Feedback: Very unique composition, high level of detail in the flowers. Great use of colour.
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Honourable Mentions

Lori Burke: “Moored”

Katalin Nagy, Magyarország: “Flamingo”

Mona Skov Andersen, Denmark: “Dahlia”

Luke MacBride, Ghana: “Accra”

Catalina Aranguren, USA: “Leaf”

Luke MacBride, Ghana: “Milan”

Jan Creelman, Canada: “Red in the Rain”

Donna Howard, USA: “Together Again”

Julieta Tenreiro, France: “The Black Baroque”

Johanna Degamo, Phillipines: “Catnipped”

“Summer & Flowers” Exhibition Gallery


All image copyrights are owned by the artists who created them. Please do not copy or reproduce.
This gallery uses randomizes sorting in an effort to make it fair to all artists & photographers whose work is showcased.