MIDDLEPORT — Many residents from the Bend area turned out for the recent Art in the Village show of the Riverbend Art Council, which featured not only a large display of art pieces but provided a variety of activities for the children and a display area for other creative projects.
From the more than 89 entries in the art show, a painting by Linda Connor of Charleston, W. Va. called “Tuscon Afternoon” was selected for the best of show award. Another one of her paintings called “Koi Pond” received the Peoples Choice Award.
Judging of the entries was done by Artist Sue Langert who grew up in southern Ohio but now resides in the Washington D. C. area. Her work has received recognition in galleries across the country over the past 16 years. She recently displayed paintings at Gallery 409 in Point Pleasant. On hand at the show were two artists, Larry Bragg doing a painting in oil, and Gerry Enrico working in charcoal, both of Gallery 409.
Winners in the other categories of the show were as follows:
Acrylic — Debbie Burke, first with “Orange Trio”; Becky DeLong, second, with “Glory be to God”; and third to Jo Ann Nibert, “Humming Bird.”
Pro Acrylic — Rhojean McClure, first with “Fantasy Reed”; Larry Bragg, second with “Cosmic Energy” and third with ” French Provential Farm.”
Oils — JoAnn Nibert, first with “Hydrangea”; Vanessa Folmer, second with “Pond Life”, and Shirley Hamm with “Cardinals in the Snow.”
Pro Oils — Linda Conner with “Tuscan Afternoon”. first; Rhojean McClure with “Lilacs by the Window”, second, and “Red Geraniums” third.
Water Colors —Jo Ann Nibert with “Street Scene”, first; Debbie Burke with “Pear of Color” second, and Eric Cranston with “House on the Hill” third.
Pro water color — Julia Houston with “Blarney Castle.
In photography the winners were Amanda Taylor, first with “Puddles” and second with “Secret Garden;”and Carol Carter with “Peaceful Feeling, third. In the category for professionals all three places were captured by Sharon Dean, first with “Cinderella”, second with “Into the Mist” and third with “Test of Time.”