Our first Art of Junk contest was a winner!
More than 130 entries from vendors and community artisans were winnowed to 15 finalists, a very tough call!
Taking the first prize, with $500 cash, is "Chop Shop" sofa by Kyle Nielsen, of Relics Awry!
It contains vintage Chevvy and Willys parts, and the headlights on the "arms" work!
The second place winner was this Steampunk Lamp, built by vendor Lee Anderson of Histories. Yes, it is seven feet tall!
This tiered chandelier placed third. The artist, Terry Kerr, used metal shoes and shoe-shaped metal chocolate moulds, pencil cups, pincushions to concoct this piece, which, when stuffed with succulents, serves as a plantholder. It's a working chandelier, too!
Our panel of amazing judges carefully studied and evaluated each piece on a numerical scale for creativity, originality, workmanship and use of vintage elements.
The gallery was on the second floor at Canterbury Park, expansion space for the ever-growing Bonanza!
They spent hours Wednesday evaluating the entries.
When it was over, they awarded the top three prizes. In addition to cash, winners received these medals made from vintage elements by the talented Brenda Weber of Autumn Place Arts! Here's a look at the other amazing finalists:
Barnyard Bar by Sue Quatmann of When Pigs Fly
"Clara Bow" necklace by Danielle Rodd, Upsy-Daisy
Bicycle Seat Jewelry Stand by Sara Smith of s.a.r.a. Salvaged and Rescued Art
"Tetanus" -- a junkyard statue by artist Hans Early-Nelson
Jeweled stag by Annie Schilling of Mish-Mash Studio. There are more than 300 pieces of vintage jewelry and watchbands on this piece.
"Pistol Annie" necklace with removable sections by Gretchen Schaumann of Mimi-Toria's Designs
A console made from a vintage Equipto cabinet and black walnut by Ben Mueller of A Vintage Parcel
"Musical Sterling" cuff by Devin Johnson of Makeshift Accessories
Sally vs. The Mauler by Paul Larson of Limited Primitives
Tripod lamp with 35 mm slide lampshade by Jess Irwin of Light Reading
Magnetic vintage dartboard clock (with magnetic darts!) by artisan Chris Kegel
"Tin Can Camper" by Suzanne Thiesfeld of Objects & Art
The rear view shows the body of the main piece, a gas can!
The Junk Bonanza is proud to be associated with such amazing and talented vendors and artists.
Thanks for making this contest, our first, so fab. We hope to be back with another one at the Fall Junk Bonanza 2014!
The gallery will be deconstructed at 5 p.m. today, so don't miss a chance to view these stunning works!