And the winner is …

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MI Great Artist Winner - Henry Heading

Congratulations to Henry Heading!

He’s the winner of the 2013 MI Great Artist competition. Park West Gallery hosted the announcement event Dec. 12.

“Being able to create is an essential part of my life, reflecting my passion and imagination,” Henry said. “My primary focus is realism, using oil and acrylics. I switch to mediums such as woods and metals to break up the monotony and by designing and building conversational 3-D pieces. No matter the medium, each piece must achieve the highest degree of craftsmanship possible. I’m drawn to Art Deco and ethnic designs.”

Henry majored in fine arts at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit from 1975 – 1979. His wife, Sheryl, is a jewelry designer. Together, they have a webpage called

Henry Heading’s winning artwork was selected by a combination of public vote and judging by area art experts. His work, along with the other four finalists’, is on exhibit at Park West Gallery until January 3. Henry will also have a solo exhibition at the gallery at a later date. (Here are more details about the award event and the contest.)

Be sure to take a look at the five works of art Henry entered in the contest.

MIGreat_ArtistThe MiGreatArtist program was initiated by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and is designed to highlight artists in Michigan’s Economic Growth Region, which includes Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Shiawassee and St. Clair counties. The online competition was open to 2-D artists ages 18 and older who live, work or attend school in these counties.

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