XYIENCE Announces Finalists in XenArt: The Energy of Art Contest

Art Show and Reception is Friday, August 31 at Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art & The Lady Silvia
Cancellation of UFC 151 does not change XenArt event date. XYIENCE debuts its new flavors Xenergy Melon Mayhem and Tangerine Twister at the event.

(LAS VEGAS) —XYIENCE Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC ®, announces the finalists in its XenArt: The Energy of Art competition. The XenArt show and reception that features the work of the contest finalists is Friday, August 31 at the Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art and The Lady Silvia and includes 15 pieces created by 12 artists. Eight of the finalists hail from Las Vegas; however, the competition drew submissions from around the United States.  Finalists also include artists from North Carolina, New York, Massachusetts and California.

The finalists are

Myranda Bair               Nevada            Sculpture                    “Let the games begin”

Adam Doyle                Massachusetts  Mixed Media               “Xenergy World”

Christine Esposito        Nevada            Mixed Media               “Gearing Up with Power”

Andrey Filatov                         Nevada                        Plaster, Painting           “XYMORE”

Nicholas Forte                         New York        Collage                                    “Power Old School”

Steve Jasper                 Nevada                        Pastel                           “Liquid Dedication”

Lukas Jordan               Nevada                        Oil Painting                  “The XYIENCE of Turtle Power”

Letha Melchior                        North Carolina             Finger Painting             “Finish to Win”

Letha Melchior                        North Carolina Watercolor                   “Box to Win”

Don Michael Jr.           Nevada                        Acrylic                                     “Synergy”

Maxwell Shepherd       California        3D Painting                  “Powered by XYIENCE”

Maxwell Shepherd       California        Painting                        “XYIENCE of Dreams”

Maxwell Shepherd       California        Painting                        “Power to Win”

David Thompson         Nevada                        Sculpture                     “Xeny Cando”

Robert Villazante         Nevada                        Mixed Media               “Ground and Pound”

The event is hosted by UFC welterweight fighter and XYIENCE team athlete Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy and is by invitation only from 7 to 9 p.m.; doors open to the public at 9 p.m. XYIENCE will be giving away tickets to the VIP event that includes a hosted bar and tapas on Facebook and Twitter starting Monday, August 27.

The evening also includes an MMA Artist Showcase that features work from artists in the mixed martial arts community such as Mac Danzig, UFC lightweight fighter and landscape photographer; Brittney Palmer, UFC octagon girl and painter; noted MMA photographer Tracy Lee, and more. Select pieces will be a part of a silent auction supporting the Contemporary Arts Center in Las Vegas.

“XYIENCE invites the art and MMA communities to come together to celebrate the work of the XenArt artists and the launch of our new Xenergy flavors Melon Mayhem and Tangerine Twister,” says Michael Levy, XYIENCE’s CFO and COO.

XYIENCE announced the addition of Melon Mayhem and Tangerine Twister to its lineup of award-winning energy drinks in July. Both flavors are a part of the Xenergy Premium line and are also sugar-free and zero-calorie beverages.  XenArt event is the first public sampling of the new beverages that are currently starting to hit retail shelves.

“We were disappointed by the cancellation of UFC 151 that was slated for Saturday, September 1, but the XenArt show and reception will go on as planned. It’s a great way for MMA fans and art lovers to kick off the holiday weekend. We are looking forward to great event,” says Levy.

The top three winners will be announced at the event.  The grand prizewinner will receive $1,000 plus a one-year supply of XYIENCE Xenergy, a second-place winner will receive $500 plus prizes, and the third-place winner will receive $250 plus prizes.

The XenArt jury that selects the winners includes well-respected gallery owners, artists and leaders in the Las Vegas art community. They include: Jennifer Cornthwaite, Emergency Arts; Justin Favela, artist, Jennifer Kleven, Kleven Contemporary Gallery; John Villari, XYIENCE creative services manager, and Marty Walsh, Trifecta Gallery.

The public can vote for their favorite piece during the People’s Choice Award voting period running Monday, Aug. 27 through Friday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time at www.facebook.com/XYIENCE.