Congratulations to the American Bamboo Society 2022 Bamboo Art Contest Winners

First Place

Margherita Bertoli “Dynamis ” 1st Place. Dynamis consists of the intertwining of three arches made of bamboo and rope, proposing itself as a tribute to that movement that is at the origin of life, marking every process of natural birth, growth and diversification. The installation supports and replicates the organic behavior of its constituents, proposing the image of an organism in which artistic creation is combined with natural creativity.

Margherita Bertoli (Florence, Italy _ 1987) studied in Granada, Spain (Graduation in Fine Arts at the Facultad de Bellas Artes, Metal Forging at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios, theatrical scenography at the Escuela de Artes Escénicas). She has been part of CanyaViva since 2009 and she is co-founder of CanyaVivaItalia, proposing artistic and social activities based on the sustainable use of bamboo.

Second and Third Place

2nd Place Kathy Bruce 3rdplace Holly North 2022 Bamboo Art Contest sponsored by the American Bamboo Society

Holly North’s painting includes Black Bamboo, Giant Gray, and clumping bamboo. Bamboo is a beautiful and useful resource. Like Bamboo, humanity is full of beauty. When we learn to have appreciation for each other, we begin to see how much we need each other. We see how extraordinary each cultural background is. All nations have something unique to offer to the whole. Her art focuses on bringing balance and harmony to the world by seeing that everything is connected. Every nation shares this one planet. It is up to all of us to take care of it. What we do affects the other side of the globe, as in the butterfly effect

2nd Place Kathy Bruce “Mneme”

Kathy is an American environmental artist using materials found on site.  She is currently living in Dunoon, Scotland.  This piece was  constructed at Scottish Sculpture Park at Caol Ruadh

3rd Place Holly North “One Bamboo, Many Species.” 

Holly North is an acrylic and oil painter, from Durham, N.C. She has been inspired by bamboo since her days of meditating in a bamboo grove in college.  

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