Sarasota News Leader

02/08/2013

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ARTS BRIEFS Differences Work, Just Ask a Fork by Liat Waks is the Best in Show Adult winner for 2013. Contributed photo EMBRACING OUR DIFFERENCES ANNOUNCES EXHIBIT WINNERS "For 10 years, Embracing Our Differences has drawn on the passion and perception of artists, children and others to create powerful statements of diversity and acceptance in its annual outdoor public art exhibition consisting of 39 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote," a news release says. "The response to this year's call for artwork and quotes was strong with more than 2,400 entries pouring in from 44 countries and 32 states," the release adds. "Our jury committee spent the past two weeks in almost total lockdown reviewing thousands of submissions," says Michael Shelton, executive director of Embracing Our Differences, in the release issued the last week of January. "Throughout the process, we've been excited by the high quality of the work and moved by the heartfelt passion that animates it," he adds. The winning art is judged on how effectively its message can be read when enlarged to billboard size, Shelton points out in the release. Awards are given for Best in Show Adult, Best in Show Student and People's Choice categories, with the last chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Each winner receives $1,000. The winning quotes and art will be showcased in the 10th anniversary edition of the exhibit in Sarasota's Bayfront Park from March 31 through June 2. It also will be on view at the Anthony T. Rossi Waterfront Park in downtown Bradenton from March 31 to April 29 and at North Port High School from May 1 to The Best in Show Adult winner is Liat Waks June 2, the release notes. from Petach-Tigwa, Israel, for her work titled,

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