Garafola is a member of numerous art associations. He is a Life Member of the Art Students League of New York and Life Member of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey. In Florida he is a member of the Art Center of Manatee, Longboat Key; the Sarasota Art Center; the Portrait Society of Sarasota; and the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. In New Jersey he is a member of the Somerset Art Association; the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts in Summit; and the Westfield Art Association. Other associations include The International Guild of Realism, Fine Art Studio Online, LA Art Guide, Oil Painters of America and International Gallery of the Arts.

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  • Contemporary Art Gallery Online, Open/No Theme, Best in Show, Carneval de Venezia

  • Contemporary Art Gallery Online, Water/Seascapes, Judges Choice, Belle of Louisville

  • Contemporary Art Gallery Online, All Weather of the Seasons, 2nd Place, Hooper Straight Lighthouse

  • Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, Still Life Competition, Third Place, Carneval De Venezia

  • Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, Portrait Competition

    • Honorable Mention, Henry Morrison Flagler

    • Honorable Mention, Gypsy Mirela

    • Honorable Mention, Jeannie & Goliath

  • Contemporary Art Gallery Online, All Landscapes, Best in Show, Waterloo Village

  • Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, Creative Inspiration Inaugural year

    • Award of Merit, Noteworthy, Waterloo Village

    • Award of Merit, Noteworthy, Moose in Yosemite

    • Award of Merit, Noteworthy, Mabry Mill

  • Society of Portrait Artists Foundation, the International Portrait Arts Festival held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Certificate of Excellence, Atsuko Kubota (Japanese Girl)

  • Mountain Art Show, Bernardsville, NJ,Award of Excellence, Atsuko Kubota (Japanese Girl)

  • Somerset Art Association, Somerset, NJ, Best in Show, Atsuko Kubota (Japanese Girl)

  • Somerset Art Association, Somerset, NJ, Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award, Atsuko Kubota (Japanese Girl)

  • Anna Maria Art League Gallery, Anna Maria Island, FL, 1st Place, Flamenco Dancer

  • New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ, Marion Anderson Memorial Award for Portraiture, Carolann

  • New Jersey Center of Visual Arts, Summit, NJ, Award of Excellence, Bill, Guitar Player

  • Sarasota Portrait Society, Sarasota, FL, 1st Place, Ralph Garafola, Self Portrait

  • Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ, Award of Excellence, Bobby and his dog Butchie

  • Art Center of Manatee, Manatee, FL

    • 1st Place, Carnevale de Venezia

    • 1st Place, Twelve Meter Racing

    • 2nd Place, The Golden Ballet Shoes

  • Art & Frame, Sarasota, FL, 1st Place, Bridge Street Pier at Sunrise

  • Les Malamut Gallery, Union, NJ, Honorable Mention, Venice Gondola

  • Longboat Key Center for the Arts (Div. of Ringling College), Longboat Key, FL

    • 1st Place, Tourist in the Ringling Museum

    • 1st Place, Kubuki Courtesan

    • 1st Place, Memories of a Geisha

  • Park Avenue Club, Florham Park, NJ, 2nd Place, Au Lapin Agile (Dancing Rabbit) Cabaret, Montmartre

  • Ridgewood Art Institute, Ridgewood, NJ, Gamblin "Artists Oil Color" Award, Waterloo Village

  • Sarasota Art Center, Sarasota, FL, 1st Place, Painting on The Left Bank, Paris

  • Westfield Art Association, Westfield, NJ

    • Award of Excellence, The Clammer

    • Award of Excellence, Brown's Head Light

  • Art Directors Club of New Jersey, Kearny, NJ, Gold Medal, Special Honor-Service Award, RalphGarafola

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NJ Savvy Living Magazine featured Garafola as one of the three premier portrait artists in New Jersey.

Other media coverage includes:

Asbury Park Press

B.Savvy magazine of Central New Jersey

Courier News

Home News Tribune

Long Island Power and Sail Magazine

Portrait Signature-Journal of the American Society of Portrait Artists

Ridgewood Art Institute's catalogue

Star Ledger

The Connections Showcase

The Journal

The Warren Historical Society newsletter

Warren Business and Professional Newspaper

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