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Horsehair Pieces

  ". . I have always sought to be understood and, while I was taken to task by critics or colleagues, I thought they were right, assuming I had not been clear enough to be understood. This assumption allowed me to work my whole life without hatred and even without bitterness toward criticism, regardless of its source. I counted solely on the clarity of expression of my work to gain my ends. Hatred, rancor, and the spirit of vengeance are useless baggage to the artist. His road is difficult enough for him to cleanse his soul of everything which could make it more so." -
Henri Matisse

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About the Artist

Ilene Phelan

Ilene Phelan

For the past 28 years, I have been a successful graphic designer focusing my attention on image work for my husband’s material handling company.  In addition, I have created logos, letterheads, business cards and brochures for many companies in Ohio and Florida.  

Ceramics and fused glass art have become my passion over the past decade. There is a similarity involving the clay and the glass, which allows me the freedom to express myself in several ways.  

My work can be seen in galleries throughout Florida. I also show my work in many juried fine art shows in the spring and fall.

I truly love being a ceramic artist, working in my studio and creating beautiful art. I am inspired by my family, enjoy being judged by my peers, and am especially grateful when people purchase my work purely for their pleasure.

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Awards & Honors

2005

May
Arts on the Park- “May Show”
Award of Merit

2006

January
Arts on the Park- “The Cutting Edge” Show
Award of Merit for “Horse Feathers”

March
Arts on the Park- “Members Show”
Award of Excellence for “The Basin”

September
Ridge Art Association- “Revelations- The Members Exhibition”
Honorable Mention for “Rosewood”

2007

March
Bloomin’ Arts Festival
Honorable Mention

March
Ridge Art Association- “Strength of Form” Show
Award of Excellence for “Tortoise Shell”

May
Arts on the Park- “May Show”
Award of Honor for “Dilution”

September
Arts on the Park- “Members II” Show
Award of Excellence for “Firewood”

October
Arts on the Park- “Beyond Borders” Show
Award of Honor for “Bud”

2008

February
Arts on the Park- “Edge of Pottery” Show
Honorable Mention for “Serpent’s Pit”

February
Arts on the Park- “Members Show 1”
Award of Excellence for “Earth”

June
Arts on the Park- “A Little Mecca of Cool” Show
Award of Merit for “Sagging Beauty”

October
Arts on the Park- “Cutting Edge” Show
Honorable Mention for “Misshapen Heart”

2009

March
Arts on the Park- “Fine Arts Show”
Award of Excellence

April
Ridge Art Association- “Miniature Art Exhibition”
Honorable Mention for “Miniatrees”

August
Arts on the Park- “Long Days of Summer” Show
Honorable Mention for “A Bit of Shade”

2010

March
32nd Annual Central Park Art Festival
Honorable Mention

April
Arts on the Park- "Lines into Shapes" Show
Merit Award for "Iridescence"

2011

March
Central Park Fine Art Show
Award of Excellence

Photography, Jewelry, Pottery Show
Second Place

2012

March
Central Park Fine Art Show
Award of Excellence

2013

March
Central Park Art Festival
Judge's Award
2nd Place

April
Ridge Art Miniature Show
Sculpture & Pottery
Judge's Choice

October
Winter Park Fall Art Show
Award of Honor 

November
Disney Festival of the Masters
Award of Distinction

2014

April 2014
Ridge Art Reflections Show
Award of Excellence

May-June 2014
Lakeland Art Guild 43rd Annual Art Exhibition
Sponsorship Award

May 2014
Mayfaire By The Lake
Merit Award 

May 2014
Ridge Art Aviation Show
Best in Show

November 2014
Polk Museum of Art's "Art Crawl"
2nd Place

2015

January 2015
Ridge Art 65th Fine Art Exhibition
Marquardt Family Sculpture Award

May 2015
Art Center Sarasota
I'll Be the Judge Show
Best in Show and Honorable Mention