Winners of Boone County Art Show announced

Saturday, September 29, 2007 | 4:39 p.m. CDT; updated 5:07 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Art League and Boone County National Bank announced the winners of the 48th Annual Boone County Art Show on Friday night.

The show began in 1959, when some artists with the league were holding a show on the sidewalk outside the bank and it started to rain. The president of the bank invited them inside and 48 years later, both the bank and art show have expanded. This year, the art league presented more than 260 pieces of art by 172 Boone County artists.

List of winners

Professional Painting 1. Naomi Sugino “65201” 2. Dennis Murphy “Target # 1” 3. Jane Mudd “Mike” Honorable Mention Loran Creech “Use the other door” Thom Smith “Shaker” Tracey Potts “The penniless patron” P. A. Douslin “Spring fling” Kate Gray “Treasuring the past” Chris Frederick “Frieda in the middle” Professional Drawing 1. Michael Sleadd “My demon” 2. Mark Largeneckert “Drawing bench” 3. Kelly Coalier “Breakfast” Honorable Mention Leslie Utterback “Water play” Ruth Witt “Sunset on the lake” Professional Other Media 1. Diane Chappell “Vase” 2. Susan Kissinger “Tree frogs” 3. Anna Cranor “The librarian” Honorable Mention Mary Beth St. Clair “Fallen leaves” Melanie Lising “Sterling silver & jasper pendant” Brooke Cameron “Road to arga” Thom Smith “Jeremiah” Non-professional Painting 1. Cody A. Davis “Jeremy, Bella & Maeby” 2. Kourtney Wilkerson “Float trip” 3. J. N. Fry “Man with the cat III” Honorable Mention Bob Baeker “Onions I” Ray Thames “Savannah” Kay McCarthy “Solitude” Non-professional Drawing 1. Babette Langeneckert “Sun lovers” 2. Ellen Burch “Home” 3. Bob Baeker “Half past sundown” Honorable Mention Peggy Craig “Settled” Non-professional Other Media 1. Nancy Brown “The frogs and horses go to war” 2. Marsha Ely “Teapot” 3. Mike Tharpe “Clock” Honorable Mention Suzi Feldwisch “Heron” Ann Meyer “Ode to peyton” Jade Chang “Sterling silver ring” Sculpture 1. Rich Hoeppner “Greek amphora case” 2. Kourtney Wilkerson “Willie Nelson” 3. Virgina Gardner “Resting draft” Honorable Mention Bobb Swanson “Frog” Randy Mayes “Great blue heron” Ceramics 1. Norleen Nosri “Oohasu minami” 2. Amber Bradshaw “Medusa” 3. Yukara Kashihhara “Pagoda neko” Honorable Mention J. N. Fry “Fighting cock” Peggy Craig “Trapped” Rosemary Morris “Horse hair ceramic” Fiber 1. Mary Ruppert-Stroescu “Vassarelli variant” 2. Jane Matranga “Victoriana” 3. Patti Cantu “Sunny cereopsis” Boone County Specialty Laura Pintel “Chickory”

Artists entered their work in 10 categories and seven mediums, such as painting and the Boone County Specialty, where, according to contest rules, the “work must reflect Boone County at the height of the fall season.”

“It gives people a chance to enter something they might not enter in any other show,” said Julia Helvey, who co-chairs the show with her husband, William. “It’s always interesting to see what we get.”

This year, Laura Pintel won with “Chickory,” a painting of a charming farm road, complete with purple wildflowers and vivid blue sky, demonstrating that Boone County and the Midwest are not limited to orange and brown in the fall.

Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, director of the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis, who judged the art show this year, said the top three things she looks for in artwork are quality, originality of the idea and, in the case of a craft, craftsmanship.

The show runs through Sunday. All visitors to the art show can vote on their favorite piece, and the Popular Choice winner will be announced at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

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