The Best of the Chesapeake

The Vision: To celebrate the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay of yesterday and today.

Exhibition: September 20 - October 11, 2015

Award Winners

Awards judge, Perry Carsley, is a noted Maryland sculptor and painter.
See below for his artist biography and judging criteria.

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Best of Show

Lisa Egeli

"Realm of the Optimist"


18 x 24



Photo to follow

Best of Show Award presented
to Lisa Egeli

Second Place Award

Hiu Lai Chong

"Feeding the Gulls"


Image Size:
20 x 40



Small Gem Award


Artist's Choice Award

Tim Bell



Image Size:
9 x 12

People's Choice Award

Paula Waterman

"Summer Breezes"


Image Size:
36 x 48

Maryland Heritage Award

John Payne



Image Size:
26 x 42

Perry William Carsley Biography

Perry Carsley is a painter, sculptor and art conservator. He trained with Master Painter Ann Schuler and sculptor Hans Schuler for 5 years, studying classical painting techniques, anatomy, watercolor, drawing, portraiture and sculpture. Later he apprenticed with Master sculptor Ray Kaskey and continued on at his studio as lead designer and sculptor for 5 years. Together they produced many notable monuments such as the National World War 2 Memorial, the Nashville Symphony Hall entryway pediment, a fifty-two foot long, ten foot high pediment and the Artwork at the Reagan Library in California which includes two twelve foot allegorical figures. After this successful partnership Mr. Carsley went on to pursue other sculpture commissions as well as portrait painting and drawing commissions that are now found in private collections in Washington DC, New York City, Long Island, Canada, California and in the local area. His studio, located on the Chesapeake Bay shores, has a successful artwork restoration and conservation business as well, that focuses primarily on damaged oil paintings and sculpture.
He also has taught oil painting and drawing for twenty years, since his days working with Ann Schuler where he accepted a teacher/student position in his third year.  

Perry Carsley Criteria

Criteria: Every piece of artwork tells it own story. When you observe a painting, you may see the mastery in technique or color or texture in many ways, but what really stands out for me is a command of the composition and how these elements are orchestrated to convey that story. For the “Best of the Chesapeake” gallery show, I observed many splendid examples of story telling and this made my decision making very difficult. However, consideration was given to those pieces that I felt truly caught the mood and essence of that Chesapeake Bay moment. I was impressed by their varied use of color, value structure, composition and how their chosen medium was manipulated to achieve a successful finish.

Merit Award

Will Williams

"Marsh Near Dover Street"


Image Size: 12 x 12


Merit Award

Stewart White

"Cleaning Crabs"


Image Size:
11 x 15


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