The judge for this year’s contest was Jodi Birdwell, art instructor at Lake Land College.
“I chose Samantha’s work for Best in Show because it’s nice to shake things up,” said Birdwell. “There are so many elements to it that have been brought together with such skill and creative inventiveness. It’s also quite playful! Plus, I really enjoyed the fact that I could place an “assemblage” piece as Best in Show, because you don’t see that too often – it’s more typical to see a painting win the prize.”
Show winners in the professional category are as follows: first place, Sherry Harris of Sullivan for her work “Somewhere in Turkey;” second place, Marcia Boroughs of Charleston for her work “Winter Bird;” and third place, Nick Walk of Sigel for “Midnight Snack.”
Honorable Mention in the professional category went to Phillip Glosser of Charleston, Marcia Boroughs of Charleston and Nick Walk of Sigel.
In the amateur category, the winners are: first place, Barbara Brummer of Mason for “Reaching to the Sun;” second place, Ronald Bartanen of Sullivan for “Chapel in the Woods, Turkey Run State Park, IN;” and third place, Sandra Lautrup of Effingham for “Where’s the Food.”
Amateur Honorable Mention went to Adrienne Strohm of Marshall and Pat Miah of Neoga.
In the student division, the winners are: first place, Olivia Thoele of Teutopolis for “Succumb;” second place, Cathleen Bierman of Teutopolis for “Bierman Farm;” and third place was again Thoele for “Still-Life.”
Honorable mention in the student category went to Brittany Mersman of Teutopolis, Julie Hoene of Teutopolis, Madison Kerans of Mattoon, Andrew Stokes of Charleston, Julie Hoene of Teutopolis, Lauren Heuerman of Teutopolis, Logan Bueker of Teutopolis, Mareike Eydt-Reche of Charleston and Shelby Will of Teutopolis.
Monetary awards of $75, $50 and $25 were given to first, second and third place winners in each of the three categories. The artist chosen for Best in Show received a prize of $100
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