AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

AWARDS & RECOGNITION RECEIVED

      Nebraska Tourism - 2018 Calendar 
I have some exciting news for you regarding the 2018 Nebraska Tourism Calendar. Once again, one of your pictures was one that was selected. We are pleased to tell you that your photo of the bluff in Banner County will be featured on the January page of the calendar! You will be listed in the calendar as the contributing photographer.

Nebraska Tourism - 2017 Calendar 

Congrats on your (Banner County) photo selection in the Hildegard Center for the Arts photo call, we’re so excited to see the exhibit coming together for 2017. I just wanted to let you know that part of this project is also a 2017 calendar produced by the Nebraska Tourism Commission. 
Excitingly, your photo was one of the 14 favorites selected to be part of the calendar.



Cheyenne Camera Club 2016 Awards

2016 Photographer of the Year

1st Place - Scenic - "Autumn Serenity"

1st Place - Flora - "Water Flower"

2nd Place - People - "Windy"

HM - People - "Eye Catching"

HM - Scenic - "Walking by the Wires"

HM - Flora - "Tulip Oil Painting"



Bridges Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibit

Hildegard Center for the Arts

Four Photos Selected

Dear Kimberly,

Congratulations on your hard work and talent.  We are excited to inform you that of the over 800 photos submitted, representing all 93 counties, your photographs ~ Sunflower Fields (Banner) ~ Blacksmith Shop (Cheyenne) ~ Phelps Hotel (Deuel) ~ Oliver Reservoir (Kimball) ~ have been selected for Hildegard Center for the Arts “Bridges” traveling exhibit during the 2017 Sesquicentennial year.  

Soon, the winners and correlating counties will be proudly announced with a press release and listed on our Hildegard website www.hildegardcenter.org.


The 6 venue sites and dates for the traveling exhibit are:

·       The Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln: January 6 - March 25, 2017

·       The Seward Civic Center: June 1 - July 28, 2017

·       The North Platte Prairie Arts Center: August 1 - September 22, 2017

·       The Norfolk Art Center: September 7 - October 26, 2017

·       The Alliance Carnegie Arts Center: September 26 - November 10, 2017

·       The Durham Museum in Omaha: November 14, 2017 - January 7, 2018


Please tell your family and friends to mark their calendars!

We appreciate your continuing participation and support for our projects at Hildegard Center for the Arts.

Congratulations!


Hildegard Center:
http://hildegardcenter.org/3864-2/bridges-photography-call-results/
http://hildegardcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/bridges-catalog-web-1.9.17.pdf
http://hildegardcenter.org/virtual-exhibit/

Friends and Neighbors: Kim Sharples

http://www.westernnebraskaobserver.net/story/2016/06/09/news/friends-and-neighbors-kim-sharples/3076.html



Courtesy Photo

Kim Sharples, an award-winning photographer, is one more example of the great people in Kimball. She remains active with her family, business and volunteer activities - using her affinity for photography and her skills to help others learn.

                                                             Kim Sharples came to Kimball after her son moved his family here. With three grandchildren and a fourth on the way, Sharples stays active with her growing family, as well as her business, Earth Blessings Photography, and she has been a much-sought-after local volunteer since her arrival.

"I have done a lot of volunteer work here," she said. "I've done stuff with the 4-H group and I was president of the KimballBusiness Boosters for a year. I love to volunteer and help others."

She has served on boards for the Kimball Area Foundation, among others, and was the president of the local Shutterbugs Photography Club. Additionally, she and her husband coach soccer and little league for their grandchildren's' teams.

Sharples, a member of the Cheyenne Camera Club and the Cheyenne Artist Guild, is perhaps best known locally for her photography. She submits many photos to the Western Nebraska Observer and she has prints that can be purchased in Cheyenne and Colorado Springs studios.

She is proudest of the photos she has taken that are currently on display at Main Street Market, though she was nervous when she was told how large those prints would be.

"That was pretty awesome to see that I have five pictures hanging up there," she said. "They are huge. When they said how big they were going to make them I was nervous! I have never seen one of my pictures blown up that big."

Though she has recently cut back serving on local boards, Sharples continues to volunteer her time focused more closely on her favorite personal pursuit – photography. But she is careful to leave enough time for her business and home life as well.

"I was in a lot of photography groups in Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo and those people taught me and I still have a lot to learn, but I will share what I know. When I did the 4-H group it was a lot of fun to watch the children go and do it," she said. "I have been doing the Kimball Farmer's Day Baby Photo Contest. This is my third year doing that. I get people to email in the pictures and I line up three independent judges that aren't from here and don't know anyone."

She often volunteers her time to help others with their own photography and she has taught photography workshops for area 4-H students that include making a photograph fit each individual artistic vision – making it your own.

"Ultimately, you want to do what you like, what makes you happy," she said. "I always try to do an artistic effect and make my picture different from others."

Sharples occasionally competes in photography contests, such as the recent "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" contest, as well as competitions through the Cheyenne Camera Club and many in Nebraska.

She was recently informed that four of her photographs were selected to be showcased in the "Bridges: Sharing our Past to Enrich the Future" Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibit.

The exhibit, officially endorsed by the Nebraska Governor's Sesquicentennial Committee (The Nebraska 150 Commission), is sponsored by the Hildegard Center for the Arts, the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society.

The exhibition will serve to connect Nebraskan's with their culture, highlighting historic places and "often over-looked historical treasures in all 93 counties of the state."

One photo submission was selected for each Nebraska county, and Sharples' work was chosen for Kimball, Banner, Cheyenne and Deuel counties.

These works will be featured in a traveling exhibit in 2017, to coincide with the 150th anniversary celebration and may be used in tourism guides and calendars as well.

Though she cannot give a sneak peek of those photos, and in fact can't even describe them, per contest rules, she is excited for her work to be seen and, most importantly, enjoyed by others.

Being awarded for doing well that which you love is great.

"Although winning awards is awesome, when somebody pays money for a piece of my work that means something – that they were willing to spend money and hang it in their home," she said.

Kim's work, whether it is photography, jewelry or any other artistic pursuit she fancies, can be seen at A Collective Gathering in Potter and in a similar space she shares with her daughter in Colorado Springs.


 

Cheyenne Artists Guild

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Show

FIRST PLACE - June 2016

"Tail Wind"


Cheyenne Artists Guild

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Show

THIRD PLACE - June 2016

"Flying Spirit"

CHEYENNE ARTISTS GUILD

"Anything Goes" Show

"Honorable Mention"


 

CHEYENNE CAMERA CLUB 

 2015 ANNUAL AWARDS

 

           FIRST PLACE - JOURNALISM - "FREEDOM FIGHTER"

      SECOND PLACE - NATURE SCENIC - "AUTUMN SERENITY" 

  

CHEYENNE ARTISTS GUILD MEMBER SHOW - November 2015

 

SECOND PLACE

                                                              "Aspens" 

CHEYENNE ARTISTS GUILD Planes, Trains & Automobiles Show - Aug 2015

 

                                 FIRST PLACE 

"Royal Resting Place" 

CHEYENNE ARTISTS GUILD "WESTERN" ART CONTEST - July 2015

 

SECOND PLACE

"Bald Eagle"

CHEYENNE ARTISTS GUILD "RED" ART CONTEST - February 2015

 

 FIRST PLACE

"Tie Dye"  

I also received HONORABLE MENTION for an Art piece  "Ethereal Cosmos"


CHEYENNE ARTISTS GUILD PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST January 2015

SECOND PLACE

"Chevrolet"  

COOP PANHANDLE PHOTO CONTEST Summer 2014

We at Panhandle Coop are excited to inform you that one or more of your photos were chosen a winner for the “Visions of Our Community” photography contest! Your art will be posted at the Kimball and Torrington Main Street Market at the size of 10”x15” and 48”x72”. You can expect these to be posted by mid-October. In addition, your photo of firefighters (shooting to the right) was selected as the overall winner for the Professional Category. We believe the firefighters represents our area so well, congratulations! 

 

Thank you for submitting your work!

 

Cheyenne Artists Guild Southwest Art Show Summer 2014

FIRST PLACE 

"Don't Chute Me"

Kimball Library "Divine Nature" Show Spring 2014

FIRST PLACE Judges Choice

SECOND PLACE Viewers Choice

"Dallas Creek Road near Ridgway CO"  

Cheyenne Artists Guild "Anything Goes" Show May 2014

THIRD PLACE

"Rapunzel" 

Rapunzel

Pueblo Art Guild Eclectic Show July 2013

FIRST PLACE

"Tie Dye"

Pueblo Art Guild Eclectic Show July 2013

HONORABLE MENTION

"Chevrolet"

Steel City Art Works Photography Show 2013

JUROR'S CHOICE

"Freedom Fighter"

Pueblo Art Guild Spring Art Show 2013

FIRST Place Professional Photography Category

"Camels"

Pueblo Art Guild Spring Art Show 2013

Honorable Mention Professional Photography Category

"Mystical Tree & Saint Malo "

                                                                                   "Mystical Tree"              "Saint Malo"

MIKE'S CAMERA

2nd Quarter - One of Five Photographs Selected for 2nd Quarter 2013

"Chairs at the Abbey"

5th & MAIN ART SHOW 2013

Best Photography - March 2013

"Chairs at the Abbey"

PAG & SCPS ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW 2012

SECOND Place Professional Portrait

"Freedom Fighter"

PAG & SCPS ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW 2012

HONORABLE MENTION Professional Portrait

"Gabriel" and "Rapunzel"

ACADEMY FRAME MINIATURE ART SHOW

FIRST Place

"Chairs at the Abbey"

PUEBLO ART GUILD SOUTHWEST ART SHOW

FIRST Place - Professional Division

"Arizona Cactus"

EL PASO COUNTY FAIR 2012

FIRST Place and CHAMPION - Professional Division

"Chairs at the Abbey"

EL PASO COUNTY FAIR 2012 

FIRST Place - Professional Division

"Rapunzel"

COLORADO SPRINGS ART GUILD - SUMMER PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW 2012

Honorable Mention

"Bush & Gerts"

 

 

COLORADO SPRINGS ART GUILD - SPRING ART SHOW 2012

Honorable Mention

"Mystique"

 

COLORADO SPRINGS AIRPORT EXHIBIT - 2ND QUARTER 2012

 



PUEBLO ART GUILD - SPRING ART EXHIBIT - APRIL 2012

2nd Place - Professional Division

"Chairs at the Abbey"



9 Artwork pieces accepted for the ART ALOUD EXHIBITION

April 2012

"Tradewinds" is at HOOKED ON BOOKS in Colorado Springs

"Words of Shakepeare" is at MODBO in Colorado Springs

"Indian Maiden", "Be My Friend", "Art is a Form of Prayer", and "Dance is the Hidden Language of the Soul" are at ACADEMY FRAME COMPANY in Colorado Springs

"Blossoming Soul", Flowers are God's Way of Smiling", and "What Lies Within" are at THE BUSINESS OF ART CENTER in Manitou Springs

You can click on each picture below to enlarge the photograph

 


Kimberly Sharples - Finalist in KRDO's Shoot the Moon Photo Contest

February 2012



Kimberly Sharples - Pueblo Art Guild Fall Photography Show - Nov 2011
2nd Place for "Don't Chute Me"
Honorable Mention for "Tiffany"
Honorable Mention for "Scratching Post"

"Don't Chute Me"

  "Tiffany"                                                                                                   "Scratching Post"


3rd place in the Colorado Balloon Classic Contest October 2011


Awards Reception 11-16-11


Honorable Mention for "Indian Maiden" 

at the Pueblo Art Guild 2011 Southwestern Art Show



Honorable Mention for "Mystique" and "Sacred Vessel"

at the Pueblo Art Guild 2011 Spring Show

            

 

  

 

 Selected for the Colorado Springs Airport Art Exhibit
January 1  through March 31,  2011

            

 

Photographs on display at the Colorado Springs Airport:

   

           

    

    

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Juror's Choice
at the Colorado State Fair 2010 for the photograph "Sacred Vessel"


 


©
Kimberly Sharples - "Sacred Vessel"

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 Photograph accepted by DIA and Colorado Council on the Arts (CCA)
for the CREATIVE CAPITOL - Eastern Colorado Exhibition
 on Display at DIA (February through July 2010)
and at the Denver Capitol (July through October 2010)

 


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 April Featured Artist - Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs - April 2010

 Nature Photography Exhibit at East Library, Colorado Springs - March 2010

 Nature Photography Exhibit at Sand Creek Library, Colorado Springs - April 2010

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3rd place Colorado Springs Photographers Perspective Contest - March 2010


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3rd place in the Colorado Balloon Classic Contest - October 2009

 


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 3 photographs accepted for PPLD Carnegie Garden Art Exhibit - September 2009

                      

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3rd place received - December 2008 - Pets


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 3rd place received - December 2008 - Misc



 

All photographs on this website are copyrighted by Kimberly Sharples

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