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2022 Artwork of the Year


​​Bonnie Sheckter, Artist

Bonnie's artwork titled "Awakenings" has been selected by jury for the 2022 Artwork of the Year Award.

Each year the top awarded artworks (Best in Show) are entered into the Artwork of the Year competition.  For 2022, the jurors reviewed 30 artworks. 
The artwork was chosen based on th
e criteria of concept, composition, value, color, technique, depth of vibrancy and overall impact of the art. Bonnie's artwork "Awakenings" received the highest # of votes! Congratulations Bonnie!

Jurors: Filipe Assunção, Marie McCallum, Kathy Moore Wilson, Kathy Paulus, Kassandra Kaye


Title of work: Awakenings Medium: Colored Pencil

"This drawing is one of a series I did of my friend’s daughter Olivia. So taken was I with her charming personality, wonderfully expressive face and mane of wild, curly hair. I devised dramatic shadows to create a heightened sense of narrative." Bonnie


About the Artist

Bonnie Sheckter received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1973, and her Master of Visual Arts in Printmaking in 1976 from the the University of Alberta.  She went on to teach at the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta for several years, and then became the Director of Lithography at Open Studio in 1982 after moving to Toronto.  During this time she exhibited widely in various juried and invitational shows, nationally and internationally, and received a number of awards for her work.


In 2000, Bonnie began exploring the medium of colored pencil.  She became enthralled with this medium, for its wonderful capabilities in capturing subtle nuances, luminous build-up of color,  and its liberating sense of spontaneity.  She found it lent itself wonderfully to the art of portraiture, which she discovered held a whole new world of fascination for her.  Since then, Bonnie has dedicated herself almost wholly to this medium.

Bonnie lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her husband, musician Russell Hartenberger.

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