The 71st Area Artist Annual Exhibition was a great success. The turnout, as usual, was extraordinary and everyone had a great time. It was wonderful to see so many people from all aspects of the community coming together to celebrate the Arts.
Best of Show was awarded to Amy Kreiger of Youngstown for her work entitled "Adam Sullivan" done in colored pencil. It measures 48 x 72 inches and is very large for this medium.
First Prize went to Chris Leeper of Canfield for his large acrylic painting entitled "Into the Night". Richly colored, this painting depicts a forest in the glow of the setting sun.
Second Prize went to Don Williams of Youngstown for his acrylic painting entitled "Sofa and Phish", a whimsical trompe l'oiel.
Third Prize went to Ann Miller of Warren for her oil painting entitled "Apple Branch", a very traditional image done with great skill.
The Mahoning Valley Water Color Society Award went to William Perry of Harmony, Pennsylvania for his painting entitled "Cannery Row", a brilliant, highly developed rendering of glass canning jars in dramatic light.
The Honorable Mentions went to William Danielson of Yougstown; Heesung Sung of Hubbard; Ellie Stiens of West Middlesex, PA; Donald Nelson of Beaver, PA; Carol Begley of Beaver, PA; and Don Pedecini of Beaver, PA.
Congratulation to the winners and all who were accepted into the show. Your hard work and dedication were recognized and awarded.
I would also like to thank the Butler, Dr. Zona, Kathy Earnhart and all who were involved in bringing this years' Area Show to fruition. It has been a great addition to our community as a whole and more specifically to the art community. Personally I have gained great benefits from the opportunities that the Area Show has provided.