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LAF announce winners of Regional Art Show

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

The LaFontaine Arts Council Regional Art Show Reception and awards night was held Thursday, August 3, at 6 p.m. at the Robert E. Wilson Gallery located in the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University. Lisa Bliss Rush’s piece “Woodland Nymph” won the Best of Show award. The award was sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank.

A resident of Camden, Indiana, Lisa states: “I love to draw the human face. The “Woodland Nymph” offered an exciting challenge by allowing me to draw a face without using traditional skin tones. I was very pleased with the blues and lavenders in her skin tones which forced me to think “outside the box” and see the subject, not as skin, but as values of light and dark.

Leonardo DaVinci is quoted as saying, “A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by light. I work almost exclusively on black paper and have for many years. I approach a drawing by focusing on the lightest values and begin pulling those out of the darkness by applying many layers of colored pencil.”

Judge’s Awards went to Teri Fuller-O’Brien, of Huntington, for “Pluto & Prosperine” and Brenda Ramseier, of Silver Lake, for “Proud.” The Judge’s Awards were sponsored by DeLaney Hartburg Roth and Garrott LLC and McVoy Design Studio.

Other awards include: Class I: First Place “First Snow” by Steve Creighton of Warsaw. The award was sponsored by Bailey Love Mortuary. Second Place “Rainbow Willow by Rebecca Burton of North Manchester. The award was sponsored by Team Haneline/Century 21 Bradley Realty. Third Place, “Cedar Waxwing” by Cherie Droege of Roanoke, the award sponsored by JJ’s.

Class II: First Place “Greeter, St. Patrick’s Cathedral’ by Alan Pflieger of Huntington. The award was sponsored by Elizabeth McClain. Second Place “Sunset” by Jerry Brumbaugh of Huntington, sponsored by Bippus State Bank and Third Place “Artist’s Dream, by Joni Walker of Columbia City. The award was sponsored by McElhaney Hart Funeral Home.

Class III: First Place “Portal” by Carole Holmes Gordon of Huntington. The award was sponsored by Matheny Hahn & Denman LLP. Second Place “Jade/Ebony Crackle, by Adam Zwiebel of Wabash. The award was sponsored by Bolinger’s Warren Pump & Supply and Third Place “Decorative Maple Platter” by Steve Krumanaker of Huntington. The award was sponsored by Delaney Hartburg Roth & Garrott LLC.

The Judge’s Fee was underwritten by Mettler Insurance and Pathfinder Services. The show remains open to the public through Wednesday, August 30 at the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information or questions, contact Debbie Dyer at the Lafontaine Arts Council at (260) 358-0055.

Shown in the photo are Lisa Bliss Rush and her Best of Show Award painting “Woodland Nymph.”