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Release date: May 20, 2005
Area artists shine in art show

PLAINVIEW – Area artists are taking the spotlight during the exhibit of the 44th Annual Plains Art Association Show and Sale, now on display in the Abraham Art Gallery at Wayland Baptist University through June 11. A reception is scheduled for June 11 at 2 p.m. for artists and guests.

              Candace Keller took Best of Show honors for a watercolor and ink piece titled “Out of School,” depicting colorful fish in a blue ocean. The Forrest and Jack Mickey Memorial Award for Best Concept of Color and Light went to Donna Lofton for an oil painting titled “Ready to Comfort.” The Dr. Elden C. Nicholl Memorial Award was presented to “Dexter and Friends,” an acrylic piece by Vicki Diggs. Dyan Newton’s watercolor titled “Backstreets of Shreveport” earned the Opal and Paul Hammer Memorial Award.

              Mike Mahon of Amarillo served as juror for the show. Mahon was a commercial artist and business owner for 27 years before establishing his full-time fine arts center in 1998. He teaches art workshops and presents special seminars and has won numerous honors over his career. He works mainly in oil and pastels.

              Other category winners were as follows:

              Oil: First place, Carlos Jordan, “Mike and Jodi and the Hawaiian Shirt;” Second place, Ginnie Seifert, “Garage Sale Bargain;” Third place, Jean Green, “Brunch Among the Cactus;” Honorable Mention, Jean Green, “Things Remembered,” and Scott Harbour, “Cowboy Up.”

              Acrylic: First place, Lela Spencer, “Not Nosy… Just Yum, Yum;” Second place, Carol Peterson, “Grey Wolf;” Third place, Scott Harbour, “Where the Buffalo Roam;” Honorable Mention, Bettye Givens, “Follow the Sun,” and Carol Peterson, “Suzy’s Friend.”

              Watermedia: First place, Dyan Newton, “Scotland;” Second place, Vicki Diggs, “Petunia;” Third place, Nancy Bray, “Tuscan Impressions;” Honorable mention, Gina Seifert, “Aerobics 101,” and Carol Peterson, “Glad Tidings.”

              Pastels/Graphics: First place, Ellen Johnson, “Light Bounces in Palo Duro;” Second place, Sammie L. Doering, “Another Day, Another Customer;” Third place, Ellen Johnson, “Rolling Towards Independence;” Honorable mention, Candace Keller, “Sunlight, Shadow.”

              Photography: First place, Bill Weaks, “Their Last Picnic;” Second place, Tom Higley, “Taos Church VIII;” Third place, Bill Weaks, “Symphony in Green.”

              Other art forms: First place, Mark Hilliard, sculpture, “Down on the Form;” Second place, Karen Weaber; Third place, Cynthia Pinnell; Honorable mention, Cynthia Pinnell.

              Purchase awards were given to the following pieces:

              Dodson Agency, to Paul Drager, “Whose Boots;” Barbara Strain, CPA, to Bill Weaks, “Symphony in Green,” and Lela Spencer, “Not Nosy… Just Yum, Yum;” American State Bank, to Ginnie Seifert, “Country Night;” Dwain and Shirley Dodson, to Jean Green, “Window Flowers;” Mary Montandon, to Cynthia Pinnell, “Rose Box with Luster,” and Marguerite Butler, “Roses and Antique Pitcher;” Marguerite Butler, to Cynthia Pinnell, “Lemonade Pitcher;” and Wells Fargo Bank, to Jean Green, “Wheels of Time.”

              The Abraham Art Gallery is located in the lower level of the Mabee Learning Resources Center on the campus of Wayland Baptist University. The show may be viewed during regular gallery hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday noon to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the gallery at 291-3710.