Sunny Acres Gallery
 
Awards & Honors

* Best of Spring Into Art - Third Place, ‘Kinchafoonee Creek’ - 36x48 pastel/oil, Annettee Howell Turner Center for the Arts, 21st Annual Best of Spring Into Art, June 2008.

* Colson 2009 Calendar, Colson Printing Company: ‘Red Sky’ - 30x40 pastel/oil - chosen for calendar (from art in the Best of Spring Into Art 2008, Valdosta, Ga., June 2008.

* Third Place, Albany Arts Exhibition, Albany Georgia, June 2008: ‘Cyrpress Trees’ - 24x30 pastel/oil.

* Columbus Artist Guild 2007 Exhibition, Columbus Library, Columbus, Georgia, September 16, 2007. Helena awarded the Columbus Artist Guild Award for “ZINNIA FIELDS”, (Brown Farms, Macon County) Size 36x48 Oil.

* Commissioned by Postal Service to design special second-day postage cancellation for release of Elvis Presley stamp, part of the “Legends of American Music” stamp collection. Design was used by the City of Buena Vista, Georgia in conjunction with a commerative ceremony held January 9, 1993.

* Award of Merit - American Impressionists’ Society, First Annual Juried Members Exhibition, November 27, 1999. Helena earned the privilege of using the “A.I.S.” designation on future works of art.

* Juried Member Status, Portrait Society of Atlanta.

* Artist in Residence, Georgia National Fair, Perry, Georgia. One of 14 Georgia artists selected for the Georgia Living Center’s “Artist in Residence” program, October 9-10, 2001. (Also selected for 2004 program - see “upcoming events”.

* Member Spotlight, The Portrait Society of Atlanta’s Folio magazine, Vol 22, No. 4, released January 2003.

* Best of Show, Riverfest Fine Art, Columbus, Georgia, May 2004 (Gypsy Camp Grist Mill, 24x36 oil on canvas). * Calendar - “Quail Hunter” chosen for Colson 2005 Calendar, Valdosta, Georgia, May 2004.

* Tourism - “Quail Hunting in Georgia” was selected for use in the 2005-2006 advertising campaign for the Valdosta, Georgia area. The painting is being used in tourism & trade brochures and on a billboard.

 
   
 

* Best of Show/First Place & Columbus Artist Guild Award, Columbus Artist Guild’s Annual Member’s Exhibition, Columbus, Georgia, August 2006 (“South Georgia Swamp,” 48x48 Pastel/Oil Glazes)

* “Kate” (24x36 Oil) juried into the Portrait Society of Atlanta Fall Juried Exhibition. * Merit Award & Honorable Mention in Professional Painting category at 2006 Georgia National Fair in Perry, GA for South Georgia Swamp (48x48, oil).

* First Place Award in the Southern Artists’ League (SAG) 2006 Fall Exhibit in Valdosta, Georgia for “Peach Trees R Blooming” (48x48, oil).

* Second Place Award for “Best of Spring Into Art 2007 Exhibition” at the Annette Howell Turner Center of the Arts, Valdosta, GA, June 2007: Zinnia Fields of Macon County (Brown Farms), 48x48, Oil.

* Merit Award - Georgia National Fair, Perry, Georgia October 2007, “Kimbrough Brothers General Store” , Pine Mountain, 36x48 Oil.

* Third Place Award - for “Best of Spring Into Art 2008 Exhibition at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta, Ga., June 2008, “Kinchafoonee Creek”, 36x48 Pastel/Oil

* Calendar - “Red Sky” (Red Field series) size 30x40 chosen fo r2009 Colson Calendar - Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta, Georgia June 2008.

* Third Place Award, Albany Arts, Albany, Georgia - “Swamp with Cypress Trees”, swize 24x30, May 2008

* Merit Award - The Columbus Artists Guild Artist Exhibition, Columbus, Georgia - “Union Station/Columbus Chameber of Commerce”, size 48x48 pastel/oil - Columbus, Georgia.

* “Budding Artist” Art Exhibition Featuring Helena Meek and Logan Pilcher October 9, 2008, Minick Interiors,112 Cotton Avenue, Americus, Georgia

* Featured Artist –Collective Spirits 2009 Wine Festival, May 30, 2009 Live Auction The Bascom – A Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands, N.C.

* Chosen Featured Artist for the Albany Symphony – 2009-2010 – theme for the 45th Season the Albany Symphony was Musical Destinations led me to paint Smetana Hall in Prague where Conductor Claire Hillard has preformed several times.

* Southwest Georgia Regional Winner Showcase Artist – Albany Council for the Arts – July 2009

* Featured artist at Plein Air Paint Out Art Show & Sale, Callaway Gardens, Georgia, April 10-17, 2011