Art on the Lawn paints downtown Pearisburg
Giles Arts Council’s seventh annual Art on the Lawn juried art show, which took place on Saturday, was the group’s most successful show to date.
Twenty-four artists from many different art influences and from many places converged on the Giles County Courthouse lawn around 7 a.m. on Saturday morning to prepare for their day. Artists were assisted in set up as they arrived by volunteers from throughout the county. Volunteers were also on hand to assist the artist in any way they could all day. At the end of the show they also assisted in breaking down of the exhibits in order for them to be able to get on their way smoothly and without great delay.
The day could not have turned out to be more perfect, said Betty Herbert, Art on the Lawn chairwoman.”
“We had more artists than any show to this point. The artists reported good to fantastic sales and they all seemed to be genuinely pleased with their day in Giles County. Of course none of this would have been possible without all our wonderful volunteers as well as everyone who came out to enjoy a beautiful day. Our crowds were the biggest we’ve ever seen.”
Artists were separated into Professional and New & Emerging categories for judging. The Best of Show, Honorable Mention and Special Achievement awards were selected from the entire group of artists. This is the first time the judges have selected an artist to award for Special Achievement.
Prizes, which included a certificate, ribbon and cash prize went to: Best of Show went to Franchell Mack Brown from Radford who won for her fiber/textile artwork; First Place Professional Artist was Sue Lawrence of Newport, NC for her fine art jewelry; First Place New & Emerging Artist went to Gwen and Tallman McBride of Roanoke for their ceramic wall sculptures; Honorable Mention went to Meggin Hicklin of Blacksburg for her acrylic/collage on canvas paintings; and the Special Achievement award went to Tony Browning of Pembroke for his fine art gourds. Judges Larry Bechtel, a world renowned sculptor from Blacksburg; Denise Allen, a Harrisonburg artist; and Amber Nelson who teaches art in Narrows had difficult task in selecting the winners.
– Submitted by Betty Herbert
Giles Arts Council President Denise Blakeney, who directed Kids Art Adventure, said that they had phenomenal success with easel painting, collage creations, forming grapevine into various shapes to create wind catchers, sidewalk chart art and origami.
“We learned that you can never have enough pink ribbon around when you’re doing an art project with little girls, ” Blakeney said.
Art on the Lawn is sponsored annually by Giles Arts Council. For information about the group or becoming a member go to www.gilesartscouncil.org.
– Submitted by Betty Herbert, Art on the Lawn chairwoman
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