Center Place recently held its 2nd Annual National Contemporary Juried Competition among the winners included Diana Ranstrom’s Best of Show acrylic piece “Fierce Flamingo” and Douglas Steinbarger of Brandon’s “Four O’clock Florida.”

Above Photos: Center Place recently held its 2nd Annual National Contemporary Juried Competition among the winners included Diana Ranstrom’s Best of Show acrylic piece “Fierce Flamingo” and Douglas Steinbarger of Brandon’s “Four O’clock Florida.”

Center Place of Brandon recently held its 2nd Annual National Contemporary Juried Competition and Exhibition- Sqaure’s Off. The competition drew over 100 entries from 68 artists from all over the country. The show was judged by Christine Renc-Carter, the Curator of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art located in Tarpon Springs.

Renc-Carter said, “It was truly an honor to have the opportunity to judge the Square’s Off National Contemporary Juried Competition and Exhibition at Center Place.

Jennie Sikora-Muehl, Chair of Square’s Off and Art Instructor at Center Place said, “This year’s exhibit is very different. There are more florals and more tropical works of art. It is just a great show.”

Carol Stanton, the new Executive Director at Center Place said, “I have really enjoyed looking at all of the beautiful artwork. We had a lot of talented artists from all over enter the show. I am proud of this wonderful turnout for the exhibition.”

The winners of the 2nd Annual Square’s Off included Diana Ranstrom from Tampa, who won Best of Show. First place went to Tiffany Sikora from Grand Rapid, Michigan. Second place was awarded to Barry Goodman from St. Petersburg. Third place went to Brenda Michaels from Lutz. Douglas Steinbarger from Brandon and Anna Rodriguez from Tampa both won Honorable Mention.

The non profit Center Place was created by the community in 1976 and has been an advocate and fierce promoter of the arts ever since.

For more information on Center Place, please visit www.centerplacebrandon.org or call 685-8888.