The art that is created today is how this time period will be viewed tomorrow. We want to make a difference in the lives of artists as well as a positive change in the world.

Black and White 2016 Show

This show will run July 1-31, 2016. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 108 accepted entries and they came from 19 different states in the USA and 12 other countries: Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russian Federation, Sweden, and South Korea. A variety of styles and mediums were entered including acrylic, charcoal, collage, digital, egg-oil tempera, graphite, ink, latex, mixed media, oil, paste, pastel, pencil, photography, relief print, scratch, silverpoint, and watercolor.. The judging criterion was originality, interpretation, quality, demonstration of ability, and usage of medium. Other factors, such as the clarity of the images provided and their ability to be viewed online, also contributed to our decision. “Best of Show”, “First Place”, and “Second Place” winners received a monetary award in addition to special recognition.

We were very happy to donate 10% of all entry fees from this show to Heart to Heart. HHI strengthens communities through improving health access and providing humanitarian development worldwide. For more information about them, please visit their website Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with Heart to Heart. It is our hope that this small act of kindness will blossom and grow to help someone else.

Thank you to all the artists who participated! Your talents and skills gave us a diverse body of work to create this attractive show.

Buyers- Please contact the artists directly for sales. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery does not handle any part of the sale or collect any commission, it is solely between the buyer and artist. You may find a link to the artist’s website or email address below their work.

I was born in Montana, but grew up in Washington State.  I was always very artistic as a child and did well on my art assignments at school.  Beyond that, I have never had any formal art training.  Over the years I experimented with many mediums such as, oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pencil and finally charcoal.  I now work exclusively in charcoal but occasionally will add a hint of colored pastel to a finished drawing, to give a new dimension to the piece.   

I love contrast, shadows and detail.  My compositions typically have unconventional cropping and use of negative space, capturing fragments of everyday life.  This winning drawing, “…And Nowhere To Go”, exemplifies all these things.  

To achieve the detail that I am now known for, I work from photos that I shoot myself.  I photograph my models in an outdoor, natural light setting and may take hundreds of photos in one session.  Even though I have no training as a photographer either, I have learned how to capture the light and use it to create the shadows that supply the drama to the pose.  I then work with the photo, cropping and composing the image to realize my vision.  

The model used in this winning drawing, Jelena, was a hostess at one of my gallery shows and approached me about modeling.  Eventually, I took her up on it and now have a nice cache of photos to use. When I named the drawing, the phrase came to mind…’all dressed up and nowhere to go’. This seemed to convey perfectly what I was trying to say with this piece. Then the viewer can build the back story on their own. It’s my goal to ignite the imagination with my title and stimulate the thought process.

Now, living in West Hollywood, California, I show my work in several local galleries, such as Hamilton-Selway Fine Art, as well as a Woodman/Shimko Gallery in Palm Springs.  My work can also be found with Woodman/Shimko in their Provincetown, MA location.  Currently, I am preparing for upcoming shows in Europe through a network of galleries at Premium Modern Art, based in Germany.  

Over the years, I have won many awards – everything from Honorable Mention, to First Place, but this is my first Best of Show win.  My work has been published in numerable books and magazines and has even been featured on digital billboards in Los Angeles as well as a historic art event in New York’s Times Square in 2012. The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, owns my largest collection of 23 pieces, which are permanently installed in the hotel, as a part of their impressive art collection displayed throughout the building.

My range of subjects varies quite a bit. Although I was first recognized for my figures, I also enjoy drawing antique objects that are worn and distressed. Vintage cars have more recently caught my interest as well.

I continue to challenge my self with each new drawing, whether it’s the intricate lines of the human hand, the delicate folds of a garment, or the tarnish on an old piece of silver, with relentless enthusiasm, I strive to capture the smallest details that will contribute to the realism.  

To see more of my work, visit my website:

First Place

I'm a Danish art photographer, I play Guitar in a Jazz quartet, work as a General Practitioner in a little city in the countryside and I am also - together with my wife - the owner of a newly started Art-Gallery called "Galleri Blå Prik" ( or "Blue Dot Gallery". Unfortunately our website is still only in danish, but I will have to work on that.

I was born 1963. As a photographer I am autodidact. Except for a few brief weekly courses in art schools, all I do is self-taught. Started as a 9 year old boy, with a Kodak Instamatic. During adolescents, I was astonished by the magic appearance of the developing process in the darkroom. Both my father and my grandfather were serious amateur photographers and my father taught me the principles of darkroom workflow. As a young man, I was talented. Won a few prizes. Worked as a volunteer photographer for a few political magazines. Suddenly my camera got stolen and at the same time I went to medical school and later I became a General Practitioner. The interest in photography faded away until 15 years ago. After a chaotic divorce, photography became one of my ways to find myself.

I prefer daily living as a motive. These 6 pictures are from my recent series called "small moment". Not the same as decisive moments, but small moments in peoples life. Either moments where we stop our chores and think about our living our small moment, where we get a little closer to each other, like the silhouette of the family taking each others hands or the three boys, soaking wet, struggling there way through the cloudburst. It could also be moments in time, like the selfie photographer at the little mermaid place in Copenhagen. A portrait of an upcoming self promoting culture.

The winning photo, "Contrasts", is from a German city called Flensburg, 15 km from the Danish border. The scene just appeared in front of me, totally coincidental. It made me think about the difference in daily living and our different opportunities in the Western Society. In Northern Europe, people have very equal opportunities from birth, but still the outcome of life become so different. For me its not so much a political question. I just wonder, what happened to the man in the wheelchair. Was it a choice in life, an accident or an illness? Except for portraits, I never construct scenes. I almost always take shots from real live, in cities, landscape are during public events. I shoot with with 2 fuji cameras one with a 23 mm lens and the other with a 56 mm lens. I usually don't shift lenses during sessions. I use mostly Capture One Pro 9 together with Nik Software - Silver Efex-pro. These programs gives me the opportunity to work almost like in a real darkroom, where you add or move light or shadows from different parts of the photo. 

Sheryl Hughes is a native Californian who took up painting later in her life. She has been taking photographs for many years and now uses those pictures as inspiration for her paintings. She Graduated from Art Instruction Schools in 2008, and was given Outstanding Graduate Award in 2009 from DETC (Distance

After spending many years visiting longtime friends that live there, Sheryl decided to move to Florida. She enjoys traveling and going back to California and Oregon to visit friends and family there. During her travels she spends time enjoying some of her favorite hobbies, scuba diving & photography. While diving she enjoys underwater photography and has achieved her underwater photography certification.

Out of the water, she enjoys traveling around Florida taking pictures of Florida’s wildlife. She has also traveled up and down both the US east and west coasts finding more inspiration for her photos and paintings. Her paintings can be seen in many businesses around Northern California and Florida.

Sheryl is on the Board of Directors and now is co­owner of Art Gallery of Viera in Melbourne Florida along with Strawbridge Art League, Daytona Art League, Titsville Art Leauge.

Honorable Mention

"Night Tiger in Bamboo" (charcoal) by Jane Orosco

"Night Tiger in Bamboo" (charcoal) by Jane Orosco


"nesting" (photography) by Allyson Marie



by Allyson Marie


"Fiery Soul"


by Natalya Sekretareva




by Debi Pickler


"The Mo(u)rning Bride"

(latex on wood panel)

by Jeff Klena


"The Shepherd"


by Sadhana Solanki


(mixed media on canvas)

by Chenyi Sun


"Black and White" 2016 Show (click on any image for more details)

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