By Darla McCammon
Outstanding artwork was submitted and recognized Sunday, July 12 at the Lakeland Art Association reception at the gallery located at 302 Winona, Warsaw.
Judged by Joel Fremion, an artist from Fort Wayne. Fremion uses fabric and mixed media to create realistic still life depictions. In 1992, he exhibited at the prestigious Hoosier Salon winning the award for a first-time exhibitor. Our community is blessed with artists of very high caliber making judging difficult!
The entries were diversified including mixed media, watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, and 3-D work. The versatility made the show interesting and competitive for the juried show. As a reminder, a juried show means not all pieces are accepted into the competition. Thus, it is an honor, even if one does not win a major award, to find your work has been accepted in a juried show.
The Best of Show award went to Cinda Culver for her mixed-media entry titled “Beth.” (Her painting is second from right in the photo at the top of this story). She also won Best of Show in 2019 for her charcoal drawing “Pearl.” You will notice the deep values illustrated in the shadows of her face and neck juxtaposed with the bright light cream of her shoulders.
I encourage you to stop at the LAA gallery and spend time enjoying the local artists on exhibit from the competition and the bonus gift shop with handcrafted jewelry and art. When you make a purchase at LAA, you are donating and promoting the arts in our community. We are fortunate to have this active local group preserving art.
The gallery is open to observe the beautiful artwork surrounding each room with plenty of space for social distancing. A docent is available to answer questions or talk about their interesting programs and classes for both adults and children. There is no entry fee to the gallery.
Following are the award-winning works you can view while there:
1st Place: Terry Pulley for “Landscape”
2nd Place: Emily Austin for “Oxford Dusk”
3rd Place: Cinda Culver for “Profile”
There were seven honorable mention certificates awarded: Emily Austin, Harold Engel, Sherri Johnson, Wesley Dallas Merritt, Brenda Stichter, Daniel Trump, and Susan Wenger.
The mission of LAA is to further the visual arts and encourage the next generation of artists and potential art enthusiasts by promoting and supporting visual arts education and events within Kosciusko County.
UPCOMING EVENTS: Visit Lakeland Art Association at 302 Winona Ave, Warsaw. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to view competitive work in the recent exhibit.
Also, visit Whitko Art Gallery at 130 N. First St., in Pierceton this week to view their recent exhibition. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1- 5 p.m.