Best In Show

By Amanda Henry
In Feature, Food

In its first year, RAW: St. Louis produces two national winners in the annual RAWards competition.

 

Art-lovers gathered at The Coliseum on Nov. 15 to see 25 local artists compete to be named one of RAW: St. Louis‘ nine finalists and go on to compete on the national stage. Though this year marked the fourth annual RAWards nationally, the competition was a first for the St. Louis art community, and culminated with two of St. Louis’ nine finalists taking home national honors.

For the local competition, artists in each category were considered by a panel of St. Louis judges: painter and SOHA Studio & Gallery owner Julie Malone, KDHX Director of Production Andy Coco and St. Louis Post-Dispatch Fashion Editor Debra Bass. As the judges considered the creativity, stage presence and professionalism of each of the artists, guests immersed themselves in the experience, guided by emcee Thelonius Kryptonite with music by DJ Nune.

The evening ended with the announcement of St. Louis’ finalists in the nine artistic categories, each of whom went on to represent our city in the national competition. St. Louis finalists were: Tiffany G. in makeup artistry; Vodka Bacon Studios in visual art; Haus Designs in fashion; Hyper Haute Jewelry in accessories; Lauren Ratcliff in filmmaking; Lady Ejay in hair artistry; Unifyah in music; Ashleyliane in performing arts; and Ikonik Photoart in photography.

The excitement didn’t end at The Coliseum, though. A panel of creative celebrities and well-known industry professionals in each artistic field judged finalists from all of RAW’s 66 cities and chose just one winner for each category. On Dec. 3, the nine national award winners were named— two of them from St. Louis: filmmaker Lauren Ratcliff and Erica Dunk of Hyper Haute Jewelry.

Ratcliff submitted a short film titled “Birth of a Wino,” which she created in stop-motion animation—not a typical medium for RAW filmmakers. Dunk, an STL native and former LA resident, creates bold, elaborate jewelry pieces using reclaimed elements like chains, locks, mirror fragments and pieces of chandeliers.

What’s next for these national award winners? Dunk and Ratcliff both plan to travel to LA for the RAWards show at The Belasco Theater on Jan. 13. All of the winners will receive special packages, including consultations, products and services, as well as the opportunity to showcase their talents at boutiques and galleries across the nation.

 

3140_1129.jpg

Lauren Ratcliff

Lauren Ratcliff

3141_1129.jpg

Birth of a Wino by Lauren Ratcliff

Hyper Haute Jewelry

3142_1129.jpg

Erica Dunk and model

Erica Dunk and model

3143_1129.jpg

Hyper Haute Jewelry

Hyper Haute Jewelry

 

Photo credit: Peter Wochniak, Matt Kile and Arkitography

Recent Posts