Art Talk Monday: Peach Art Exhibit Wrap-Up

This week's Art Talk is written by Laura Hunt Miller, NCLAC Executive Assistant.  _MG_5025 This year’s Peach Art Exhibit is brightening the hallways of the under-construction Ruston Civic Center right now, and the artwork is as good as ever.

The Juror this year, Diane Dufilho of the Meadows Museum in Bossier City, had a tough time deciding this year’s winners, especially in the children’s categories. There were so many honorable mentions, we actually ran out of ribbons!

After the awards were announced at the Opening Reception of the Exhibit on Sunday, the winning donor for NCLAC’s Keep the Arts Afloat Fundraiser was drawn; congratulations to Judge Robert James of Monroe! NCLAC thanks you, and all the other fundraiser participants for helping to keep the arts alive and thriving in our area for another year.

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council would also like to thank all of the Peach Art Exhibit award sponsors again. Each year these wonderful businesses and individuals provide over $1500 in awards for the Peach Art Exhibit winners.

This year’s winners are:

Ages Eight and Under Category

1st Place Sponsored by Emogen, Later Alligator by Jed Denny

2nd Place Sponsored by the Children’s Shoppe, Forest of Animals by Mallie Crews

3rd Place Sponsored by Nora’s Flowers, Apple Tree by C. J. Wilson

Honorable Mentions: Mi Casa by Aaron Childress, The Everything Donut List by Sylas Slaughter, Kitty by Camille Smith, and Batman by Maddox Ferguson

Ages Nine to Twelve Category

1st Place Sponsored by Social Bites, On the Road Again by Gwen Beasley

2nd Place Sponsored by Nancy and John Wallace, Happy Trails by Jamie Palmer

3rd Place Sponsored by Dianne Douglas and Saul Zalesch, Louisiana Saturday Night by Grayson Hipp

Honorable Mentions: Tangled by Ben Denny, and Colorful Lines by Justus Turner

Ages Thirteen to Seventeen Category

1st Place   Sponsored by Mary Ann and Bill Willoughby, Hummingbird by Morgan McCullin

2nd Place   Sponsored by the Children’s Shoppe, Under the Bridge by Rachel Lee

3rd Place   Sponsored by the Children’s Shoppe, Spring’s Most Gorgeous Bloom by Vivien Ballard

Honorable Mentions: Catahoula Cur by Morgan McCullin

Youth Best of Show Sponsored by Kathy and Chris Stone

Godzilla and King Kong by Wesley Crews

Adult Opaque Category

1st Place   Sponsored by The Peach 99.3, Mother of the Groom by Mary Dunn

2nd Place   Sponsored by Sally and John Emory Community House, The Old Home Place Cur by Julie Roane

3rd Place   Sponsored by Leigh Anne and Josh Chambers, Green Jar by Debra Heard

Honorable Mentions: Glass Half Full by Julie Crews, and Goldfinch at Feeder by Julie Roane

Adult Transparent Category

1st Place   Sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi, Spirit of Summer by Dianne Douglas

2nd Place   Sponsored by Bank of Ruston, Fais-Do-Do Cajun Dance Party by Joyce Beauvais

3rd Place   Sponsored by Elizabeth English, Knight in Shining Armor by Loretta Shadow Owens

Honorable Mentions: Papaw Ray by Laura Rainer, and Regulars at Lincoln Parish Park by Dianne Douglas

Adult Photography Category

1st Place   Sponsored by Kelly Moore Bag, Electric Nightmare by Sherry Owens

2nd Place   Sponsored by Janine and Richard Lewis, Carnival in Dubach by Peter Jones

3rd Place   Sponsored by Elizabeth English, Bamboo on Bamboo by Kevin Beasley

Honorable Mentions: Blue on the Bayou by Sherry Owens, Lie Down in Green Pastures by Kori Teague, and Drawn by   Whitney Caskey

Adult Original Crafts Category

1st Place    Sponsored by Bank of Ruston, Classy Cane by Wilton Fridge

2nd Place   Sponsored by Stitchville, Anatomy of the Fall by Patrick Blanchard

3rd Place   Sponsored by Elizabeth English, Canna Lilly by Mitch Overby

Honorable Mentions: Hello Dolly by Wanda Shelby, and Totally Wired Cedar Feeder by Patrick Blanchard

Adult Miscellaneous Category

1st Place   Sponsored by Fine Line Art Supply, Dad and Angel by Nicole Duet

2nd Place   Sponsored by Dawn and Edwin Pinkston, A Rabbit Runs in a Circle by Frank Hamrick

3rd Place   Sponsored by The Fashion, The Neighbor by Joey Slaughter

Honorable Mentions: Little Ballard Boy by Wanda Collins, and Red Trees on the Lake by Marlen Waters

Adult Best of Show Sponsored by Community Trust Bank,

The Perfect Model by Debra Heard