Artist wins spread in popular magazine

Justin Nordine, owner of The Raw Canvas, won the “People’s Choice” award from 3rd Ward magazine.

Justin Nordine may enjoy painting abstractly, but his ideas and plans for the future as an artist are clearly set in stone.

Those ideas have won Nordine the Vox Populi award plus a two-page spread featuring his artwork and a $1,000 grant, from the popular illustration magazine, 3rd Ward.

“Because it was judged by my peers, that says they support what I am doing and that means a lot to me,” Nordine said.

The magazine’s grand prize was an art opening in New York City, “but this is almost better,” Nordine said.

He plans on using the grant money to kick-off a philanthropic project which he’s thinking of calling “Legacy Portraits.” Nordine has created several fine art portraits for families who have lost a loved one tragically. He’s painted for the King family who lost their daughter Bekah after an accident occurred involving a drunk driver and for Megan Kemmis, a 24-year-old breast cancer survivor.

“This project is about giving back to the community because I’ve been very blessed by the things that have been happening for me,” Nordine said.

Nordine gave up a stable teaching career to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. He creates both fine art and body tattoo art.

“My goal as an artist is to eventually be well-known and to be able to make a living from creating fine art,” he said. Winning the 3rd Ward award is just one more step toward that goal.

The Raw Canvas is located at 755 Rood Ave. The next art show will take place Dec. 3 and will benefit a local charity. There will be new artwork from a variety of artists at auction prices plus acoustic music. For information, call 985-9649.


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