MIDDLEPORT — The 2017 Art in the Village art show featured artwork from area artists as well as offerings from local students.
Besides art, the show featured a tent with art activities for children, a plant exchange by the Master Gardeners, and an art demonstration by Guest Artist and Meigs Middle School art teacher Melanie Quillen.
Kevin Lyles, Professor of Art at the University of Rio Grande, judged the show. Lyles has been at URG since 1990, and currently teaches drawing, ceramics, art history, and sculpture. He is a practicing sculptor, with work in museums, sculpture parks, and corporate collections across the country.
“The work in this year’s Art in the Village was a joy to judge. The work has a range of techniques and approaches. I was particularly impressed with some of the collaborative works, which are often difficult to execute, and I encourage the artists to continue their practice,” said Lyles of the show.
Besides artworks submitted for judging, several exhibit-only paintings were on display, along with several pieces from Riverbend Art Council’s private collection. Students from Meigs Intermediate School, Meigs Middle School, and Wahama High School were on display. Meigs Intermediate students displayed art based on Native American animal totems. Students used recycled and recovered items for use in their artworks. Meigs Middle School students showcased their shading abilities in still life drawings of three-dimensional shapes like cubes and cones, as well as drawings inspired by Dutch artist M.C. Escher. Students from Wahama presented a group artwork. Teacher Susan Parrish assigned them the project as a way to have a quiet group of students get to know one another.
Meigs Industries, led by Peggy Crane, displayed a three-canvas mural with the theme “Ocean of Color.” They also put together the mystery boxes for the “Think Outside the Box” project.
Winners of this year’s art show all received ribbons and a monetary prize; their artwork will also be on display at the Farmers Bank locations in Pomeroy and Mason. Best of Show won $100, and a blue rosette. First place winners received $50 and a blue ribbon, second place $25 and a red ribbon, and third $15 and a white ribbon. People’s Choice were awarded $50 and a yellow rosette.
The Riverbend Arts Council stated, “We are grateful to participating artists and volunteers again making it possible for us to share beautiful artwork with the surrounding area.” The Riverbend Arts Council was officially organized in 1990. Currently the council occupies the first floor of the Middleport Masonic Temple, home of the former Temple Theater. RAC sponsors the Big Bend Community Band, the annual Riverbend Talent Revue, classes in tap and ballet for children, and many art-related classes and events. Art in the Village is an annual event highlighting and encouraging local artists.
Other upcoming events at the Riverbend Arts Council include the annual Talent Revue on Nov. 24, a Snack and Canvas event on October 23, and the building will host the Middleport Community Association’s Christmas Market on Dec. 2. Rick Werner and Jessica Wolf will also hold a cooking demonstration on Nov. 18, featuring traditional Christmas Cookies. More information on these activities and more can be found on Riverbend Arts Council’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Riverbend-Arts-Council-161901707298911/).
Art in the Village art show winners
Best of Show — Becky DeLong, “Lakeside Afternoon”, oil.
People’s Choice — Chuck Lukowski, “Jack and Bethany”, drawing.
First Place — Becky DeLong, “Lakeside Afternoon”, oil; Eric Cranston, “Happy Village”, acrylic; Blake Hudson, “Flowing Chaos”, watercolor; Chuck Lukowski, “Untitled”, drawing; Jane Oldaker, “Anything But Simple”; Professional Entry — Susan Parrish, “Wild But Still Wonderful”, mixed media.
Second Place — Becky DeLong, “Presque Isle”, Oil; Vanessa Folmer, “Happily Ever After”, acrylic; Jaylen Burris, “Coal Miner Value Study”, watercolor; Emma Bing, “Colorful Chameleon”, drawing; Sharon Dean, “Time is Running Out”, Mixed Media.
Third Place: Becky DeLong, “Ready for Apple Pie”, oil; Brooke Cunningham, “Country Bucket”, acrylic; Shirley Hamm, “Early Blooming”, watercolor; Mary Wise, “Summer Magic”, drawing; Shirley Hamm, “Cat and Mouse”, mixed media.
Honorable Mention: Rob Northup, “Singing in the Rain”, drawing; Chuck Lukowski, “Eli”, drawing; Barn Buddies, “Fantasy Flowers”, acrylic; Wahama Students, “Individual Personalities”; Barn Buddies, “Bird Study”, acrylic.
Jessica Marcum is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.