Innovating Through Artistry

ETA Competition Contestants: Round I

lisa-fall-07.jpegHey Everyone! The Heartbeat of America Sponsored FIRST Entrepreneurial Artist Competition came to a close on Feb 28, 2009. The winner from Round I will be announced by April 15th, 2009.

If you have not taken the time to check out the contest entries from the first round, please do. They are inspiring, will make your heart soar and yet JUST ONE ARTIST is going to win, based not only on the quality of their entry and work, but on what readership thinks.

Each one of these contestants has taken a risk to speak from their heart and share who they are with all of us. ANYTIME we are privileged to be able to hear directly about another persons passions, it can only help us advance our own.

Which contestant speaks to you? Which one speaks to you in a way that can lift you off their written page and to a new level of inspiration for your work tomorrow?

While a few of the contestants have done a great job with their own PR, to promote their entry to be read, we also really want to know “organically”, for those of you new to these individuals, who grabs YOU and deserves national media attention? This will be continue to be an important consideration in Round II.

This has been a blast for me to host, along with everyone from Heartbeat of America. I truly wish every single one of these contestants could win.

Yours Truly,

Lisa Canning

Contestant #1 Brian Owens, Artist
Contestant #2:Dewey Chaffee, Comedian
Contestant #3: Chuck DeWolfe, Coach
Contestant #4: Eli Epstein, Musician
Contestant #5:Tamera Bourne, Writer
Contestant #6: Amy Wachspress, Writer
Contestant #7: Ann Rea, Artist
Contestant #8: Rita Milios, Writer
Contestant #9: Chris Simondet, Artist
Contestant#10: Stan Pope, Musician
Contestant #11: Arianne Vota Smeets, Artist

  1. I vote for #11 Arianne Vota Smeets

  2. My vote is for #11 Arianne Vota Smeets
    She’s a rare find – so is her art!

  3. I vote for #11 Arianne Vota Smeets

  4. I vote Arianne Vota Smeets. SHe is fantastic with her work!

  5. I’m voting for #11 Arianne Vota Smeets. Her heart is as beautiful as her work, and she truly is an inspiration.

  6. My vote is for #11, Arianne Vota Smeets

  7. I vote for #11 Arianne Vota Smeets. What a wonderful artists. She has such a beautiful heart and thirst for life. Her work, Aorta Transformata is simply amazing! Words don’t do her or her work justice! I truly believe Arianne deserves this award.

  8. My vote is for #11, Arianne Vota Smeets. Very talented and artistic.

  9. I vote for #11! Arianne Vota Smeets, she is startlingly talented. I see alot of the same elements in her work that inspire me.

  10. I vote wholeheartedly for #11, Arianne Vota Smeets. Her vision has touched my life.

  11. I vote for #11 Arianne Vota Smeets. Rarely do you meet someone in your life that is capable of moving you the way she can. Her art is simply incredible and is truly a reflection of the special person it came from.

  12. My vote is for Arianne Vota Smeets #11. She is a truly talented artist with an inspiring spirit and personality.

  13. I vote for Arianne Vota Smeets #11. Arianne is a remarkable young woman who faithfully followed her heart to create this exhibit. She’s an inspiration!

  14. I vote for Arianne Vota Smeets #11. Her art comes from her heart, and touches yours.

  15. To say Ms. Vota Smeets’ interpretation of the hearts journey from onset of romance through heartbreak and rebuilding itself is SPECTACULAR would be an understatement of the century. I was so moved by her work that days and weeks later I was still viewing them in my minds eye. If you haven’t viewed the collection in person you’re missing an opportunity to see a brilliant artists work. Move over VanGogh.

  16. To say the work is amazing and original is an understatement. It blew my mind. I went to see the collection in person and was moved from joy to tears. It was so moving. You go Arianne.

  17. Wow what a great collection of work. I loved how it moved me from one emotion to the next through each sequence. I was truly amazed at the depth each picture touc hed in my soul. I vote for #11 Arianne Vota Smeets.

  18. to say ms. vota smeets’ interpretation of the hearts journey from onset of romance through heartbreak and rebuilding itself is SPECTACULAR would be an understatement of the century. I was so moved be her work that days and weeks later I was still viewing them in my minds eye. If you haven’t viewed the collection in person you’re missing an opportunity to see a brilliant artists work. Move over VanGogh. My vote is for #11 Arianne

  19. After experiencing Arianne Vota Smeets work “Aorta Transformata” I thought -What a brilliant contribution of the Human Spirit. #11

  20. very inspirational keep up the great work Arianne i love you and thanks for all your love

  21. The work of artist Arianne Vota Smeets is true spirit. I am inspired by her talent and courage. Every time I view her work, I see that each piece while in itself encapsulates part of her life, I inevitably better understand the universality of the human experience and how we all connect. She simultaneously has a sense of internal depth and one of worldliness, which is a true gift. Thank you for sharing!

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