Top Talent Judges 2018

 

Visual Arts

Richard Malinsky is a lyrical abstract painter whose work is recognized regionally, nationally and internationally. His work has garnered awards from adjudicated museum exhibitions and art associations and is represented in numerous public and private collections.  He is Arts Editor for the Woven Tale Press. 

 

 

Major Architectural Work

 

-  Assistant to Austin Purves on the mosaic murals for the National Catholic Shrine,      

   Washington, DC.           

-  Designed stained, faceted, and laminated glass windows for the Internationally acclaimed         

   Willet Studios in Philadelphia, PA        

 

Major Exhibitions

 

-  Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA   Pennsylvania Craftsmen 

-  Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA   6 Pennsylvania Photographers 

-  10 solo, and numerous group painting exhibitions at prominent galleries throughout the 

    U.S. and Europe      

-  Consistently represented in local, regional and national adjudicated exhibitions

-  Received Special Distinction Award at MIAB- Portugal International Biennale, 2016

see www.malinskyexpressionism.com for recent exhibition list

 

Major Collections

 

He is represented in the permanent collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art,  Philadelphia, PA;  The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT;  RCA Corporate Art Collection, New York, NY;  University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT;    Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA;  Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA;  International Zarco Academy of Art, Madeira, Portugal, and numerous private collections throughout the United States and Europe. 

 

Education

 

Richard has a BFA in painting from a five-year program at the Hartford Art School where he received the Walker Art Award for excellence in painting.   Following graduation, he was awarded a one year post graduate scolarship at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. and began his career in Philadelphia.

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Vocal Music

Susan Yankee

Vocal Music

Performed Soprano and Mezzo-soprano repertoire across the country, including two solo appearances at Carnegie Hall. First, a Carnegie Hall debut as soloist in the Beethoven Mass in C and Mozart Requiem under the baton of Jerald Ottley, conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This was followed by the World Premiere of Imant Raminish’s Symphony of Psalms. Appearances with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, New York City Opera National Company. Tulsa Opera, Opera Memphis, Longview Opera, Shreveport Opera, Harrisburg Opera, Opera Theater of CT, and Sarasota Opera. As a concert artist with The Little Orchestra Society of New York, Memphis Symphony, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Symphony, Connecticut Chamber Choir, Wallingford Symphony, Orchestra New England, Bethlehem Bach Festival, Lake Charles Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Annapolis Opera, and the Mozart in Mass Series at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC. As a young artist, with the Glimmerglass Opera, Virginia Opera, Israel Vocal Arts Institute, the Sarasota Opera Studio, and two seasons with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. World Finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, a Mid-Atlantic All District Division winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as a winner of the Palm Beach Opera Competition, the Connecticut Opera Competition, Amici Vocal Competition and the Liederkranz Foundation Awards for Voice. She has been on the voice faculty of Centenary College, University of Tampa, East Texas Baptist University, Florida Gulf Coast University and Patel Conservatory. She has been on the voice faculty for several prestigious voice programs, including the Sherrill Milnes V.O.I.C.Experience at Walt Disney World and Opera Tampa, Intermezzo Foundation for Voice and Seagle Music Colony. She is past artistic director of the Shreveport Opera Xpress Young Artist program. In addition, Ms. Yankee is a three times National Endowment of the Arts grant recipient for her interactive educational operas for children based on popular fairytales to the music of classical opera composers. Ms. Yankee is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and the Yale School of Music. She is an Associate Fellow of Trumbull College, Yale University.

Tamar Wells

Instrumental Music

Tamar Beach Wells, is principal oboist with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. She has played with the Hartford Symphony, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, the Berkshire Bach Ensemble and the Westchester Symphony, to name a few. She has toured nationally with Andrea Bocelli and has been a member of the Springfield Symphony and the Goodspeed Opera. In addition to the oboe, she plays the English horn, oboe d’amore and bass oboe.

 

She is also a founding member of the Borealis Wind Quintet, touring throughout the United States. Borealis has recorded five CD's. "Discoveries", "A la Carte", a 2006 Grammy nominee, “Borealis En Salon”, "Borealis:Live", and "Arias for Winds.”

 

Tamar has taught at the Hartt School and the University of Connecticut and maintains a studio at home. She graduated from Hartt where she studied with Bert Lucarelli, and has a Masters of Music from Juilliard, where she studied with Robert Bloom.

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Instrumental Music

Creative Writing

The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant. A Connecticut Barnes & Noble #1 best-selling children's picture storybook for ages 6 to 10. Finalist in the American Association of Publishers 2015 REVERE Awards.. Gold medal winner in the Independent Publishers of New England for Perennial Seller. A Mom's Choice Silver Recipient in 2014. Winner of a Connecticut Press Club Award in 2012. Currently adopted to over 50 elementary schools and summer reading lists. Now available in PDF and as an MP3 audio book. Ninety-eight page teaching guide (available for separate purchase) written to curriculum standards. In 2016 the book was made into a 16 minute run-time stills animation video available on DVD and Youtube.

 

The Growing Sweater. 

A picture storybook for ages 4 to 8. Winner of four gold medals and 11 awards total. Gold medal winner in the 2017 Independent Book Award for Picture Book: All Ages. Gold medal winner in the 2016 Literary Classics category for Early Reader Picture Book. First Place winner in the 2016 Independent Publishers of New England contest for Picture Books. First Place winner in the National Federation of Press Women At-Large Contest in 2015. Third Place winner in 2015 NFPW Communications Contest in the Children's books category. A Mom's Choice Silver Recipient in 2015. A Tassy Walden Award finalists in 2006. First published in Braille in 2006.

 

ISBNs: 9780983094517978098309452497809830945489780983094500

Available through: 

Our recommended distributor for school buyers is ALRAN Books .They can be reached at 603-827-3245ALRANBooks@gmail.com, or on the web at www.alranbooks.com. Somwba and DBE certified.

Also available through: Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, Follett School Solutions, Amazon.com, or direct from the publisher at www.fahrenheitbooks.com

 

Doe Boyle

Creative Writing

Doe Boyle has enjoyed a long career as a writer, editor, and creative and expository writing teacher . She is the author of eleven children's picture books, many editions of two travel guides to the state of Connecticut, and more than a thousand articles, features, maps, posters, study guides, and much more for commercial and educational clients. Her specialty as a developmental editor of adult nonfiction and children's fiction is working with writers on "troubled" manuscripts. Conveniently, Doe also knows where all the punctuation marks belong. She is often found in Connecticut classrooms as a master teaching artist, working in association with the CT Office of the Arts. She is a founder of the Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in Children's Literature, a statewide literary competition sponsored by the Shoreline Arts Alliance for unpublished writers and illustrators of children's books.

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Creative Writing

Harriet Chessman

Creative Writing

Harriet Scott Chessman is a fiction writer and the librettist for MY LAI, a contemporary operatic monodrama composed by Jonathan Berger and commissioned by the Kronos Performing Arts Association in 2015.  Chessman’s newest work of fiction, The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas, came out in Spring 2017.  She has also published the novels The Beauty of Ordinary ThingsSomeone Not Really Her MotherLydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, and Ohio Angels.  Having taught English and creative writing at Yale University, Bread Loaf School of English, and Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program, Chessman is now a full time writer and freelance editor in Guilford, Connecticut.

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