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2016 Juried Art Competition Winner

Winning Artist: Inger Jirby
Title: Full Moon Over Embudo
30" x 30” acrylic on canvas 

This painting is of the village of Embudo with a full moon. I love painting small villages and cities, since I'm very interested in architecture. Embudo has been very inspiring to me over the years; it's a perfect location by the Rio Grande River, a valley surrounded by incredible mountains, with the village full of these charming old adobes that are rapidly disappearing from the landscape. I was trying to depict the magic and mystery of a New Mexican night!


Inger Jirby was raised in Swedish Lapland, the northernmost part of Sweden, in a community that loved and appreciated artists. In autumn, artists from all over would come to paint the incredible expressionistic landscape. From an early age, Inger was surrounded and influenced by the secondary Fauve Swedish painters (Matisse had a school in Paris that was frequented by Swedish artists, who brought the Fauve movement to Sweden.)

Inger is an international artist with her own gallery. An expressionistic colorist, she paints exciting interiors, landscapes, and still-lifes. Inger is represented in prominent collections worldwide and in six major museums.


As winner of the 2016 competition, Ms. Jirby will receive the following:

Full Moon Over Embudo will be featured on the cover of the Summer Festival program book, a publication distributed at all festival concerts, August 19-September 4, 2016. It will also be featured on the MFAF website and other print materials. The Ms. Jirby will be acknowledged from the stage and receive an invitation to the opening night post-concert reception. In addition, she will be featured at the post-concert reception in Taos on August 20, 2016, and will be invited to one other social event during the season. Ms. Jirby will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the festival opening nights in Angel Fire and Taos.


Inger Jirby will have the opportunity to display and sell her work (up to 10 pieces) throughout the festival and she may keep 100% of the proceeds of all pieces sold, with the exception of the winning work. Full Moon Over Embudo will be on display and available for bidding at each festival concert, and will be sold to the highest bidder. MFAF will keep 40% of the proceeds. 


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