Marleen Carol Marino

Kudos to the ARTV Awards


Thanks to the creator of ARTV Awards Audrey Roberts, VCO was lucky enough to attend the 1st ARTV Awards last year (see review HERE). This year my husband Frank accompanied me, and both being major art lovers, it made for a very memorable evening, but...even if you weren't art lovers, the evening was a total SENSATION!

VCO sat in a VIP booth and joining Frank and myself were fellow VCO columnists Carol Kahn, Michaelina Bellamy, Victoria Alexander, "Kid" Cary Degrosa, and Ed Garza from the For Profit Network.


The late change of venue from the Palms to Club Sapphire (an establishment not usually noted for such festivities), as far as this columnists' view, was a HUGE PLUS. The gigantic VIP room was packed and alive with energy! Everyone in attendance were Rockin' and Rollin' all night long...The entertainment for the evening began with the hilarious Michele Balan (Last Comic Standing contestant), who kept us all in stitches during the evening and was a total scream, in addition to Balan the music and other entertainment that was presented throughout the evening was fantastic as well.

This year PBS National will be airing the ARTV Awards show in 10 one-hour segments featuring all the artists honored in the ARTV family.

How exactly do the ARTV Awards work? Are they similar to the Oscars or Emmys?

Following the closing date for artists' submissions, a panel of renowned industry individuals evaluate the respective merits of each and every submission over a variety of criteria. The evaluations are recorded and tabulated to assess which five artists' works are to be nominated as finalists in each of 12 categories. Closer to the event, the AWARDS COMMITTEE will present the Nominees, first on film to the panel of judges. Secondly, this same panel will select the winner for each category prior to the CEREMONY, with the results sealed until announcement at the actual ARTV AWARDS. ™

Winners in each category were presented with the "Muse" Award, a beautiful crystal sculpture that was designed and handmade by artist Michael Ray.


Please note below the winners there are two photo montages from the evening. Enjoy!




Lincoln Maynard
Mixed media


Tats Cru
" Mural Kings"
Bronx, New York


Yuji Kato
Yokohama, Japan


Kathleen Houihan
Re-Nominated in Drawing


Delia Solari
Public Art and Acrylics


Alayne Abrahams
Drawing & Watercolors
Ambler PA


Sergey Cherep
Oil Painting



Jason Griego
San Francisco, Calif.


Royal Richardson Miree
Kinetic Sculpture



Beti Kristoff
Oil Painting
Las Vegas





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