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31st Annual Piqua Fine Art Exhibition Winners Announced

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PIQUA - Piqua Arts Council is thrilled to announce the winners of the highly anticipated and long-running Piqua Fine Art Exhibition. The 31st annual show brought together talented artists from all across the state, and showcased some of the best works the area has seen. After careful consideration by the esteemed judge, Chuck Marshall, we are proud to reveal the outstanding artists who have claimed the top honors in this year’s competition.

 

   PAC’s Annual Piqua Fine Art Exhibit celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of the art world, highlighting 6 categories: drawing, oil & acrylics, water media, photography, 3-dimensional and miscellaneous. The exhibit is one of the only non-juried shows in the area, and it continues to proudly serve as the largest of its kind across the entire Miami Valley. This year’s show has proven to be record-breaking yet again, with its display of more than 250 works of art and nearly 150 featured artists.

   Participating artists, community members, sponsors, families and friends all gathered at Apple Tree Gallery on Thursday, September 7 as the well-deserved awards were handed out to the individual behind each hand-picked work of art. It was a wonderful night of artistry, camaraderie, and celebration of the arts and their makers.

   Without further ado, here are the winners of the 31st Annual Piqua Fine Art Exhibition:

 

Best of Show:

·      Rhonda Sloan “Kentucky Wonder”, watercolor (Springfield, Ohio)

 

Drawing:

·      1st Place: Phillip Erbaugh “Onion with Glass Objects” (Brookville, Ohio)

·      2nd Place: Carolyn Armstrong “Bananas” (Versailles, Ohio)

·      3rd Place: Tom Lehman “Indiana 45” (Elida, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: Jim Moore “The Simple Beatufy of the Line” (Troy, Ohio)

 

Oil & Acrylic:

·      1st Place: Darcy DeLeon “Rooted in the Rock” (Degraff, Ohio)

·      2nd Place: Steve Wohler “Trash Day!” (Vandalia, Ohio)

·      3rd Place: Angie Siefring “Spirit of Summer” (Galena, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: Patty Brown “Sun Sprite Magnolia” (Troy, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: John Kiser “Blood Oranges” (Greenville, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: Clarice Moore “Halo” (Beavercreek, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: Mark Kingrey “Overlook” (Troy, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: Jane Flewellen “November Wonder” (Worthington, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: John Kiser “Coastal Red” (Troy, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: Evelyn Mahrt “Scott’s Landing” (Troy, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: LeAnne Valentine “Death by Galaxy” (Wapakoneta, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: Randy Bennett “Drink Jax Beer” (Rudolph, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: Kay Selke “Good Morning Sunshine” (Tipp City, Ohio)

 

Water Media:

·      1st Place: Kathy Moeller “Old Dominion” (Sidney, Ohio)

·      2nd Place: Thomas Schroeder “The Mooring” (Cincinnati, Ohio)

·      3rd Place: Keith Shebesta “Green Onions At The Ready” (Sidney, Ohio)

 

Photography:

·      1st Place: Jazsmin Ganaban “Incased in Amber” (Findlay, Ohio)

·      2nd Place: Robert Farley “Oakes Quarry” (Dayton, Ohio)

·      3rd Place: Kelly Cook “Forgotten” (Sidney, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: Jeff Doseck “Buzzard’s Home” (Wapakoneta, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: Thomas Minutolo “Rainy Sunset in the Country” (New Carlisle, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: Dominic Knepper “Dark and Stormy” (Sidney, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: Margaret Green “Temple Bar” (Celina, Ohio)

 

3-Dimensional:

·      1st Place: Jim DeLange “Around the Bend” (Cedarville, Ohio)

·      2nd Place: Bill Danzig “Spirit of the Woods” (Dayton, Ohio)

·      3rd Place: Dennis Walker “Glass Piece 1” (Piqua, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: Sherry Chandler “Tree of Life” (Celina, Ohio)

 

Miscellaneous:

·      1st Place: Jane Dippold “Coffee Time” (Coldwater, Ohio)

·      2nd Place: Suzi Hyden “In Spirit” (Urbana, Ohio)

·      3rd Place: Lydia Williamson “Misfit Robot” (Dayton, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: Lucille Gross “The Sun & Moon” (Xenia, Ohio)

·      Honorable Mention: Julianne Thompson “From my Garden” (Troy, Ohio)

 

Kathy Oda Memorial Award:

·      Beau Cook “Shot Caller”, black & white photograph (Cincinnati, Ohio)

 

Thelma Anderson Best Piqua Artist Award:

·      Aric Tipps “Ocean”, photograph (Piqua, Ohio)

 

   “I want to thank Piqua Arts Council for allowing me the honor of being the judge for this year’s show,” says Chuck Marshall. “As with any competition, it’s always hard to assign awards. But, in particular, this was a tough one to judge because the show had such a variety of categories that had excellent work in each category…for me, great art is the evidence of an intellectual pursuit. When picking the top awards, I was forced to pick all [artistic objectives] plus preference…Because you all [participating artists] put your best effort creating your art, I gave my best effort in being your judge. Congratulations to the award winners and all the artists for their great work.”

   Piqua Arts Council extends its heartfelt congratulations to all of the winners and expresses its gratitude to all the artists who participating in the 31st Annual Piqua Fine Art Exhibition. We would also like to thank our sponsors, volunteers, and everyone who supported this event, making it a resounding success. Our partners include Kettering Health (celebrity sponsor), as well as Buckeye Insurance Group, Greg & Alissa Blankenship, Jackson Tube Service, Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, Ohio Arts Council and Piqua Paper Box. Piqua Arts Council would also like to recognize Comfort Inn & Suites (Piqua) for serving as the official hotel partner of PAC.

   The show will be on display on the second floor of Apple Tree Gallery (405 N Main St, Piqua, Ohio 45356) beginning Friday, September 8, 2023 and closing on Friday, September 29, 2023. The exhibition is FREE and open to the public during normal Apple Tree Gallery hours (Monday-Friday 10:30pm – 5pm, Saturday 10:30am – 4pm).

    For more information about the exhibit or Piqua Arts Council, please visit www.PiquaArtsCouncil.org/art-show.

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