2017 Art Award Winners

Each year, Wild & Scenic partners with Nevada County Arts to invite artists to submit their NC Arts Logoenvironment-themed artwork for inclusion at January’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Selected artists have their work displayed at wineries and galleries in Nevada City and Grass Valley during the film fest and this year, attendees had the chance to meet many of the artists at the various curated venues.

After much deliberation, the Art Awards were announced at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday of festival weekend. Artwork was submitted in the following categories – 2-Dimensional, 3-Dimensional, Photography. Judges awarded prizes to the top submissions in each category.  A special thank you to our 2017 Art Jury, Nashormeh Lindo, Cheryl Haines, and Luanne McKinnon, PhD and Congratulations to all the Wild & Scenic artists and winners!


Juror’s Award

Christoph Diermann:  Benicia Hills






2D Category

First Place: Stephen Osborn:  Heading Home (pictured)

Second Place: Howard Levine:  Day Ga at the Yuba, Alexander Gallery, Nevada City

Third Place: Rick Morrall: Fog Lifting on the San Mateo Coast- Szabo Vineyards Tasting Room, Nevada City

Honorable Mention: Sarah Coleman:  Star Struck








3D Category

First Place: Kerin Lifland:  Fairy Circle (pictured)

Second Place: Mike Snegg:  Black Oak Burl Bowl

Third Place: Dugan Essick:  Let ‘Em Live

Honorable Mention: San Juan Ridge Tapestry Project

Honorable Mention: Spencer McClay:  Trombone








First Place: Frank Francis:  Cattails and Reflections (pictured)

Second Place: Don Baldwin:  Gathering Storm

Third Place: Jim Pyle:  Shenandoah National Park