GALLIPOLIS — The annual regional art competition, sponsored by the French Art Colony, 530 First Avenue, Gallipolis, is now in its 46th year. Part of the exhibit is a feature in the annual River Recreation Festival, sponsored by the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce, on July 4th, in the city park. Jurors selections, from the many entries, will be available for viewing, in the Galleries at Riverby, throughout the month of July, during normal gallery hours, Tuesday through Sunday afternoon. Entries this year are from Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky.
Annually, three qualified jurors are selected to evaluate the many entries, for both amateur and professional levels, to determine the July exhibit in the galleries, while remaining entries are exhibited in city park. Jurors also determine awards. Serving as jurors this year were Kelli Burns, Kevin Lyles and Jan Safford. Ms. Burns, from Hamlin, West Virginia is a certified teacher, who is currently working with special needs children and adults, through art and language skills. She has studied with the Smithsonian regarding museum collections, record keeping and the curator program.
Juror Safford holds a degree from Miami University in art education and taught in the Gallia County Schools for 28 years. She was named Teacher of the Year in 1999. Currently she is teaching art at Point Pleasant High School.
Professor Lyles teaches sculpture at the University of Rio Grande and serves as coordinator for the Art Department. He holds a Master’s Degree from Bradley in Peoria, Illinois. His sculptures are exhibited widely, one of which is featured at Bob Evans Farms offices, outdoors, in New Albany, Ohio.
In the Professional Division, in pastels and charcoal drawings, Virginia Carvour, Columbus, has three of her entries selected for the galleries. They are “Beach Path #5”, an oil pastel, “Lunch Under Umbrellas” and “Dublin Bridge in Winter”. “Lunch” received an Honorable Mention and a Purchase Award from Curator Jan Thaler. “Dublin Bridge” also received a Purchase Award, this one from Marianne Campbell. In the same division Gerry Enrico, Point Pleasant, received Best of Show and First Place for a pastel/charcoal titled “Jack”. He also received Honorable Mention for the charcoal “Unfolded”.
Watercolor entries, in the Professional Division, include Barbara Delligatti, from Ona, West Virginia, who received a Purchase Award from Tammi Brabham, for “My Lilacs”. Frankie Wheeler, from Mason, Ohio, had four entries accepted for the FAC Gallery exhibit. Two were watercolors, “Winter on Irwin Simpson”, awarded a First Place and a Purchase Award from WesBanco Bank and “Water Color Floral” was also selected. From Catlettsburg, Kentucky, Sylvia Jackson’s entry “Sunny Disposition” was also accepted by the jurors for the July gallery exhibit. An entry from Ironton artist, Pati Payne, “Around the Pond”, will also be exhibited in the galleries.
Two of Frankie Wheeler’s mixed media paintings were chosen by the jurors for the gallery show. They were “Seclusion”, purchased by David Tope and “Reflection”. Ms. Wheeler is from Mason, Ohio. From Ironton, Ohio, Pati Payne’s mixed media entry, “Colorful Stream”, was also picked for the gallery show. Kari LaBelle, from Gallipolis, entered an ink/collage entitled “Phylum Chordata Skalli”, and this will appear in the July gallery exhibit. Another Gallipolitan, Joy Duffy’s entry, a mixed media piece entitled “Tentacle”, was also accepted by the jurors for the exhibit.
Gerry Enrico, from Point Pleasant, scored a “home run” with three of his entries in the pastel and charcoal division. “Jack”, a pastel/charcoal painting, was awarded First Place and Best of Show in the Professional Division. His charcoal drawing “Unfolded”, received Honorable Mention and the other painting, “Bemused”, will also appear in the galleries.
In oil media, Rhea Knight, Letart, West Virginia, was given two awards: Honorable mention for “Blackwater Canyon” and a First Place for an oil on linen, “The Rose Garden at Ritter Park”. Another oil by Carmen Schultz, from Long Bottom, Ohio, received Second Place for “Vineyard on Old Mission Peninsula”. This painting received a Purchase Award from Tammi Brabham.
In three dimensional work, David Snyder, Gallipolis, had two entries accepted by the jurors. They were “Mother’s Milk” and “Have Hammer, Will Travel”. Paul Schultz, from Long Bottom, had two ceramic pieces chosen. “The Nut and Bolt” received Second Place, and “Pitcher Vase” will also be shown in the galleries. Charles Maxam’s entry, “15 inch Platter” was purchased by Jan Thaler and is included in the gallery show.
In the Professional Photography Division, Larry Rood, from Fairfax, Virginia, had three winners. Two traditional entries, “Flowers in the Mist” and “Roussilon Bathhouse”, were accepted for the Gallery, with the latter also receiving Honorable Mention. “Uffizi Arcade”, an enhanced photo, received a First Place. Also in photography, Jon Simmons, Jackson, Ohio, received Second Place for a digital photo, “Shadow and Light”. Through Our Eyes Photography, from Gallipolis, received two Purchase Awards for traditional photos. “Heaven and Earth” was purchased by Farmers Bank and “River Sunset” was purchased by the Ohio Valley Banki.
In the Amateur Division, a watercolor by Maxine Kinnaird, from Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia, took the top award for Best of Show and First Place. The work, entitled “Travelers”, also received a Purchase Award from Jane Daniel. Her other watercolors also placed. “Baking up Memories” received Honorable Mention and “Waiting for Dinner” was also accepted for the Gallery exhibit. A watercolor by Patricia Brunton-Trent, from Crown City, entitled “Classic Color”, was also chosen for the gallery show. An entry by Barbara Abels, Gallipolis, fashioned in cast paper, entitled “Dawn Patrol”, was also selected for the gallery.
Several photography entries were entered in the Amateur Division and will be exhibited at the FAC. Brad Alexander, Vinton, Ohio, had a traditional photograph titled “Captivity”. Jennifer Blake, Gallipolis, will show “Planet Earth”, an enhanced photo. David Brown, Patriot, Ohio, had two traditional entries accepted, “Curious Squirrel” and “Patterns in Nature”. A large color photo, “En el Cenote”, by Agnes Enrico-Simon, received Honorable Mention in traditional photography. Two traditional photos by Sherman Manis, Parkersburg, West Virginia, were also accepted. “Busy Bee” received a purchase Award from Ohio Valley Bank and “Lunch Time” was also picked for the gallery exhibit.
Other paintings in acrylics and oils chosen for the gallery, from the Amateur Division, include “Takeoff at Sunset Swamp” by Rita Haley, Bidwell, Ohio, and two oils by Ann Day, also from Bidwell, “Sunflower Bouquet” and “Remembering Autumn”. An acrylic painting by Phyllis Mullins, Vinton, Ohio, entitled “Grandpa’s Cabin”, and an oil by Carolyn Potter, Oak Hill, Ohio, “The Baby Sitter”, were also selected. From Proctorville, Ohio, Anne Shuff received two purchase awards for mixed media entries. “LaPlata Winter” was purchased by. Greg Schrader and “Along the St. Croix” was purchased by Jeri Howell.
A 3-D piece, in copper, “Untitled Vase” by Deborah Vance from Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia, received Honorable Mention.
Other Amateur Division photography accepted by the jurors, for the gallery, include a traditional photograph by Kyle Stover, Patriot, Ohio, entitled “Contemplation”, and received First Place. Three photographs by Amanda Taylor, from Middleport, Ohio, with “Winter Blur”, received Honorable Mention and a Purchase Award from Chandra Shrader. Ms. Taylor’s other entries accepted were “In the Kitchen”, an enhanced photo and “Puddles”, a traditional photo. Dr. John Viall, Gallipolis, had three traditional photos accepted. “Bandstand in the Mist” was purchased by the Wounded Goose Restaurant and “Green Swirl” by the Wiseman Agency. The third photo was entitled “Dandelion” and can also be seen in the gallery.
Chairing the annual competition is Jan Thaler, who expressed her appreciation for the wonderful support of the communities, for this annual event. Title sponsor for the competition, for many years, is Peoples Bank. Other major sponsors include the Ohio Valley Bank, WesBanco and Mane Designers, with additional support from Farmers Bank and Gallipolis Career College.
This and other FAC programs receive ongoing support from the Ohio Arts Council. For further information about this annual event, please contact the FAC at 740-446-3834.