-- — Seventeen entered the 14th Rural Alliance for the Arts Community Art Show held during the Batesville Music and Arts Festival.
Chairperson Regina Siefert explained that for public display, “this year I have used mostly the open storefronts on George Street so when everyone went to the mural unveiling (June 21) they could see most of the art right there.”
She noted, “There are a few different participants this year. That makes the show a little better.”
Winners were announced during a June 14 reception was held for artists and the community at the Hansen Center. Cash prizes (first place, $100; second place, $75; third place, $50; and honorable mention, $25) were awarded in fine art, applied art and photography groups.
All artworks are on display at local businesses through July 2, according to Siefert. Art is displayed on George Street unless otherwise indicated.
Photography winners: first place, Kathryn Welsh, Brookville, “Indulgence,” a black-and-white darkroom enlargement depicting the culmination of a blissful moment and the desire for more; second place, Rose Meyer, Batesville, “Sunrise at the Bridge,” the sun just peeking over the hills, illuminating the bridge and trees; third place, Janet Smith, Batesville, “Eye to Eye,” portrait of a man seen at the Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Show; honorable mention, Hannah Federle, Batesville, “Fishin.’”
Other photography participants were April Bruce, Sunman, “The Illusion of Togetherness,” tombstones look like mushrooms spread out in clusters; and William Meyer, Batesville, “A Summer Sunset,” a serene pond under a split treeline.
Applied arts winners: first place, Bonnie Bessler, Batesville, “A Treasure of the Past,” covered bridge machine-embroidered wall hanging; second place, Leacarol Bennett, Batesville, “Winter Comforts,” a wall hanging made of purchased kit and additional original cross-stitch designs, layout and quilting.
Fine art winners: first place, Rebecca Davies, Dillsboro, “Inner Landscape,” vertical painting of a long coat encompassing the ocean, Sherman House; second place, Robert Maple, Batesville, \"P.O.W,” hand carved stone with steel pedestal, Hansen Center; third place, Lucille Collins, Greensburg, “Spring,” acrylic painting; honorable mentions, Peter Hertel, Batesville, untitled, Lil’ Charlie’s, and Christy Grossman, Batesville, “Gentle Mother,” pregnant woman holding her belly.
Other fine art entrants were Debi Black, Milan, “Country Fun,” tire swing on the banks of a creek; Mary Teresa Glaser, Batesville, “Maine Memory,” landscape down east Maine, Margaret Mary Community Hospital; Terry Huber, Batesville, “Recreational Psychosis,” large abstract oil painting, Community Mental Health Center; and Louise Mitchell, Versailles, “To the Beach,” viewing the St. John Caribbean beach.