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Mini Masterpiece 2016 Contest Winners: The Cubist and the Cutest

by NLS Staff | July 15, 2016
<p>Ashley Loveridge, Lords Valley, Pa.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Green Turaco&rdquo; by Tilen Ti</p>
1/28

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Ashley Loveridge, Lords Valley, Pa.

“Green Turaco” by Tilen Ti

<p>Anthony Licata III, Macomb, Mich.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Blue Nude&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
2/28

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Anthony Licata III, Macomb, Mich.

“Blue Nude” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Extraordinary Nails by Eva</p>
<p>"Water Lilies" by Claude Monet</p>
3/28

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Extraordinary Nails by Eva

"Water Lilies" by Claude Monet

<p>Bella Martinelli, Costa Mesa, Calif.</p>
<p>&ldquo;L&rsquo;aurore&rdquo; by William-Adolphe Bouguereau</p>
4/28

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Bella Martinelli, Costa Mesa, Calif.

“L’aurore” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

<p>Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Harlequin&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
5/28

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Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.

“Harlequin” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Jenny Guthrie, Claremont, Calif.</p>
<p>&ldquo;The Corn Poppy&rdquo; by Kees Van Dongan</p>
6/28

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Jenny Guthrie, Claremont, Calif.

“The Corn Poppy” by Kees Van Dongan

<p>Trisha Johnson, Shelby Township, Mich.</p>
<p>&ldquo;The Rooster&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
7/28

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Trisha Johnson, Shelby Township, Mich.

“The Rooster” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Jenny Guthrie, Claremont, Calif.</p>
<p>&ldquo;The Parisian Lady&rdquo; by Kees Van Dongan</p>
8/28

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Jenny Guthrie, Claremont, Calif.

“The Parisian Lady” by Kees Van Dongan

<p>Emily Nash, Elkhart, Ind. &ldquo;The Corn Poppy&rdquo; by Kees Van Dongan</p>
9/28

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Emily Nash, Elkhart, Ind. “The Corn Poppy” by Kees Van Dongan

<p>Chastity Good, Charleston, W. Va.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Lighthouse&rdquo; by Leonid Afremov</p>
10/28

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Chastity Good, Charleston, W. Va.

“Lighthouse” by Leonid Afremov

<p>Ashley Loveridge, Lords Valley, Pa.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Portrait of Madame Rimsky-Korsakov&rdquo; by Franz Xaver Winterhalter</p>
11/28

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Ashley Loveridge, Lords Valley, Pa.

“Portrait of Madame Rimsky-Korsakov” by Franz Xaver Winterhalter

<p>Ashley Loveridge, Lords Valley, Pa.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Mona Lisa&rdquo; by Leonardo da Vince </p>
12/28

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Ashley Loveridge, Lords Valley, Pa.

“Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vince

<p>Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Red Hill Lake George&rdquo; by Georgia O&rsquo;Keeffe</p>
13/28

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Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.

“Red Hill Lake George” by Georgia O’Keeffe

<p>Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Blue Nude&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
14/28

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Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.

“Blue Nude” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Still Lifes&rdquo; by Roy Lichtenstein</p>
15/28

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Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.

“Still Lifes” by Roy Lichtenstein

<p>Kadee Brown, Onalaska, Wis.</p>
<p>&ldquo;The Cut-Glass Bath&rdquo; by Rene Magritte</p>
16/28

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Kadee Brown, Onalaska, Wis.

“The Cut-Glass Bath” by Rene Magritte

<p>Rosa Vargas, Palm Springs, Fla.&nbsp;</p>
<p>&ldquo;Self-Portrait&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
17/28

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Rosa Vargas, Palm Springs, Fla. 

“Self-Portrait” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Bella Martinelli, Costa Mesa, Calif.</p>
<p>&ldquo;L&rsquo;aurore&rdquo; by Adolphe-William Bouguereau</p>
18/28

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Bella Martinelli, Costa Mesa, Calif.

“L’aurore” by Adolphe-William Bouguereau

<p>Rosa Vargas, Palm Springs, Fla.&nbsp;</p>
<p>&ldquo;Self-Portrait&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
19/28

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Rosa Vargas, Palm Springs, Fla. 

“Self-Portrait” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Vonda Christensen, Booneville, Ark.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Starry Night&rdquo; by Vincent Van Gogh</p>
20/28

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Vonda Christensen, Booneville, Ark.

“Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh

<p>Amy Anderson, Manchester, Md.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Ballet Dancer Seated on a Stool&rdquo; by Henri Matisse</p>
21/28

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Amy Anderson, Manchester, Md.

“Ballet Dancer Seated on a Stool” by Henri Matisse

<p>Jessica Warzyniak, Crown Point, Ind.&nbsp;</p>
<p>&ldquo;Dandelion by Steve Smith</p>
22/28

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Jessica Warzyniak, Crown Point, Ind. 

“Dandelion by Steve Smith

<p>Lee Antolini, Somers Point, N.J.&nbsp;</p>
<p>&ldquo;Seated Woman (1927)&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
23/28

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Lee Antolini, Somers Point, N.J. 

“Seated Woman (1927)” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Lee Antolini, Somers Point, N.J.&nbsp;</p>
<p>&ldquo;La Lecture (1932)&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
24/28

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Lee Antolini, Somers Point, N.J. 

“La Lecture (1932)” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Jodie Rahaley, Saylorsburg, Pa.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Sunflowers&rdquo; by Vincent Van Gogh</p>
25/28

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Jodie Rahaley, Saylorsburg, Pa.

“Sunflowers” by Vincent Van Gogh

<p>Jodie Rahaley, Saylorsburg, Pa.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Liberty Head 2006&rdquo; by Peter Max</p>
26/28

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Jodie Rahaley, Saylorsburg, Pa.

“Liberty Head 2006” by Peter Max

<p>Jennifer Hans, Englewood, Colo.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Cow&rsquo;s Skull: Red, White, and Blue&rdquo; by Georgia O&rsquo;Keeffe</p>
27/28

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Jennifer Hans, Englewood, Colo.

“Cow’s Skull: Red, White, and Blue” by Georgia O’Keeffe

<p>Jennifer Hans, Englewood, Colo.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Cow&rsquo;s Skull with Calico Roses&rdquo; by Georgia O&rsquo;Keeffe</p>
28/28

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Jennifer Hans, Englewood, Colo.

“Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses” by Georgia O’Keeffe

<p>Ashley Loveridge, Lords Valley, Pa.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Green Turaco&rdquo; by Tilen Ti</p>
1/28
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Ashley Loveridge, Lords Valley, Pa.

“Green Turaco” by Tilen Ti

<p>Anthony Licata III, Macomb, Mich.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Blue Nude&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
2/28
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Anthony Licata III, Macomb, Mich.

“Blue Nude” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Extraordinary Nails by Eva</p>
<p>"Water Lilies" by Claude Monet</p>
3/28
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Extraordinary Nails by Eva

"Water Lilies" by Claude Monet

<p>Bella Martinelli, Costa Mesa, Calif.</p>
<p>&ldquo;L&rsquo;aurore&rdquo; by William-Adolphe Bouguereau</p>
4/28
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Bella Martinelli, Costa Mesa, Calif.

“L’aurore” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

<p>Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Harlequin&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
5/28
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Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.

“Harlequin” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Jenny Guthrie, Claremont, Calif.</p>
<p>&ldquo;The Corn Poppy&rdquo; by Kees Van Dongan</p>
6/28
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Jenny Guthrie, Claremont, Calif.

“The Corn Poppy” by Kees Van Dongan

<p>Trisha Johnson, Shelby Township, Mich.</p>
<p>&ldquo;The Rooster&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
7/28
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Trisha Johnson, Shelby Township, Mich.

“The Rooster” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Jenny Guthrie, Claremont, Calif.</p>
<p>&ldquo;The Parisian Lady&rdquo; by Kees Van Dongan</p>
8/28
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Jenny Guthrie, Claremont, Calif.

“The Parisian Lady” by Kees Van Dongan

<p>Emily Nash, Elkhart, Ind. &ldquo;The Corn Poppy&rdquo; by Kees Van Dongan</p>
9/28
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Emily Nash, Elkhart, Ind. “The Corn Poppy” by Kees Van Dongan

<p>Chastity Good, Charleston, W. Va.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Lighthouse&rdquo; by Leonid Afremov</p>
10/28
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Chastity Good, Charleston, W. Va.

“Lighthouse” by Leonid Afremov

<p>Ashley Loveridge, Lords Valley, Pa.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Portrait of Madame Rimsky-Korsakov&rdquo; by Franz Xaver Winterhalter</p>
11/28
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Ashley Loveridge, Lords Valley, Pa.

“Portrait of Madame Rimsky-Korsakov” by Franz Xaver Winterhalter

<p>Ashley Loveridge, Lords Valley, Pa.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Mona Lisa&rdquo; by Leonardo da Vince </p>
12/28
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Ashley Loveridge, Lords Valley, Pa.

“Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vince

<p>Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Red Hill Lake George&rdquo; by Georgia O&rsquo;Keeffe</p>
13/28
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Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.

“Red Hill Lake George” by Georgia O’Keeffe

<p>Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Blue Nude&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
14/28
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Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.

“Blue Nude” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Still Lifes&rdquo; by Roy Lichtenstein</p>
15/28
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Jana Staples, Pensacola, Fla.

“Still Lifes” by Roy Lichtenstein

<p>Kadee Brown, Onalaska, Wis.</p>
<p>&ldquo;The Cut-Glass Bath&rdquo; by Rene Magritte</p>
16/28
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Kadee Brown, Onalaska, Wis.

“The Cut-Glass Bath” by Rene Magritte

<p>Rosa Vargas, Palm Springs, Fla.&nbsp;</p>
<p>&ldquo;Self-Portrait&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
17/28
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Rosa Vargas, Palm Springs, Fla. 

“Self-Portrait” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Bella Martinelli, Costa Mesa, Calif.</p>
<p>&ldquo;L&rsquo;aurore&rdquo; by Adolphe-William Bouguereau</p>
18/28
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Bella Martinelli, Costa Mesa, Calif.

“L’aurore” by Adolphe-William Bouguereau

<p>Rosa Vargas, Palm Springs, Fla.&nbsp;</p>
<p>&ldquo;Self-Portrait&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
19/28
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Rosa Vargas, Palm Springs, Fla. 

“Self-Portrait” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Vonda Christensen, Booneville, Ark.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Starry Night&rdquo; by Vincent Van Gogh</p>
20/28
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Vonda Christensen, Booneville, Ark.

“Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh

<p>Amy Anderson, Manchester, Md.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Ballet Dancer Seated on a Stool&rdquo; by Henri Matisse</p>
21/28
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Amy Anderson, Manchester, Md.

“Ballet Dancer Seated on a Stool” by Henri Matisse

<p>Jessica Warzyniak, Crown Point, Ind.&nbsp;</p>
<p>&ldquo;Dandelion by Steve Smith</p>
22/28
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Jessica Warzyniak, Crown Point, Ind. 

“Dandelion by Steve Smith

<p>Lee Antolini, Somers Point, N.J.&nbsp;</p>
<p>&ldquo;Seated Woman (1927)&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
23/28
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Lee Antolini, Somers Point, N.J. 

“Seated Woman (1927)” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Lee Antolini, Somers Point, N.J.&nbsp;</p>
<p>&ldquo;La Lecture (1932)&rdquo; by Pablo Picasso</p>
24/28
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Lee Antolini, Somers Point, N.J. 

“La Lecture (1932)” by Pablo Picasso

<p>Jodie Rahaley, Saylorsburg, Pa.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Sunflowers&rdquo; by Vincent Van Gogh</p>
25/28
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Jodie Rahaley, Saylorsburg, Pa.

“Sunflowers” by Vincent Van Gogh

<p>Jodie Rahaley, Saylorsburg, Pa.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Liberty Head 2006&rdquo; by Peter Max</p>
26/28
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Jodie Rahaley, Saylorsburg, Pa.

“Liberty Head 2006” by Peter Max

<p>Jennifer Hans, Englewood, Colo.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Cow&rsquo;s Skull: Red, White, and Blue&rdquo; by Georgia O&rsquo;Keeffe</p>
27/28
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Jennifer Hans, Englewood, Colo.

“Cow’s Skull: Red, White, and Blue” by Georgia O’Keeffe

<p>Jennifer Hans, Englewood, Colo.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Cow&rsquo;s Skull with Calico Roses&rdquo; by Georgia O&rsquo;Keeffe</p>
28/28
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Jennifer Hans, Englewood, Colo.

“Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses” by Georgia O’Keeffe

It’s a tie! Congratulations to this year’s Mini Masterpiece Contest co-winners. Ashley Loveridge charmed the judges with her “Green Turaco,” while Lee Antolini impressed all with her spot-on “Seated Woman.” You’re sure to enjoy the tremendous talent on display in all the entries.

Meet Ashley Loveridge
By the time Ashley Loveridge got to painting her third entry for this year’s contest — the one that won — she was a little burned out. “The first two took me a few hours, so by the time I got to the last one, I kind of rushed through it,” says Loveridge, a nail tech at Beauty Creations Salon and Spa in Lords Valley, Pa. It took her just half an hour to hand-paint her mini masterpiece on a tip that had been polished white. “One trick I discovered was using my fingertip to blend the paint for the watercolor effect,” she says. “The hardest part was trying to make the watercolor spots in the background.”

Loveridge, who has been doing nails for almost 13 years, has no formal art training but took just about every art class offered in high school. “I practiced nail art every chance I got when I first started doing nails,” she says. “But actually it was entering this contest every year for the past few years that helped me realize my potential and learn what I can create.”


Meet Lee Antolini
Nail art is something nail tech Lee Antolini mostly does for herself as a way of expressing her creativity; her specialty, she says, is sculpted nails. Currently a freelance nail and hair stylist based in Somers Point, N.J., Antolini has been a tech for less than two years, having gotten her start as a nail specialist at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.
Her reasons for selecting this particular Picasso painting were simple: “I love this painting and I thought it was within my artistic abilities,” she says. Antolini estimates it took her three to four hours to complete the nail tip, using acrylic paint with a small detail brush. “The trick was to paint by layers, light colors first, then dark colors. The most challenging part was painting on the contour of the curve of the tip,” she notes.

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