OMG. I just judged the most extraordinary thing EVER!!!! The Empire Education Group held its 2010 Future Professionals Expo recently and I was assigned the honor of being one of the judges for the Nail Art Display category. “I can do that,” I thought. “Really…how tough can nails be?”
Ummmmm, turns out it can be VERY tough…especially when it's really not NAILS…but art created with nails! These 90 dioramas were like nothing I had ever seen before.
There was a museum piece where the nails were used as the canvas and great works of art were painted on this canvas. This “artist” pained Mona Lisa, Van Gogh’s "Starry Night" and other mind blowing replications of iconic art. HOW WAS THIS DONE????!!!!
There was a Barbie display that had actual LIVE fish swimming in a baby pool at Barbie’s feet.
There was a Hello Kitty display with real dirt.
There was this mind boggling…totally perfect from inside and out…Alice in Wonderland…and Wizard of Oz…and an Ed Hardy Store…and salons and wedding cakes. Unbelievable!!!!!
The winner was Tiffany Manning from Gwinnette, GA. Her display was an homage to “Endangered Species”. It ROTATED!!!!
Awards to 2nd through 5 include trophies and Gift Sets from Odyssey Nails and CND:
2nd: Amy Essig from Wyoming Valley, PA
3rd: Jennifer Soto from Aurora, CO
4th: Colorina Salazar of C. Tucson, AZ
5th: Nichole Aukerman from Portage, MI
| 1st Place|| 2nd Place|
| 3rd Place|| 3rd Place (close up)|
|4th Place (to the left)|
| 5th Place || 5th Place (up close)|
Empire's Nail Art Display
Empire’s 2010 Future Professionals Expo
Empire’s 2010 Future Professionals Expo (video interview with Frank S.)