Eleven Artists Awarded At 51st Annual District Juried Art Exhibit

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — More than 60 people attended the opening reception and award ceremony for the 51st annual District Juried Art Exhibit on Feb. 13 at the Highland Gallery in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center at Highland Community College.

Eleven exhibiting artists were awarded for their work, which remains on display through March 4. Bob Apolloni, Gallery Director, and President Tim Hood gave out the awards for Best of Show Student; Best of Show Community; First, Second, Third Place and Honorable mention.

Those honored include:

Best of Show Student: Kat Guthrie for “Empty Chairs” — Mixed Media Drawing

Best of Show Community: Faye Sanders-Hughes for “Abstract Reflections of Grace” — Acrylic Painting

First Place: Melinda Cook for “Well Made Mess” — Mixed Media

Second Place: Ellen Bartels for “Oh Soul” — Acrylic Painting

Third Place: Rhonda Lampe for “Floating” — Photography

Honorable Mention: Marybeth Simler for “Untitled” — Mixed Media Drawing; Kelly Simler for “Joy” — Doll, Metal Sculpture; Nanette Mosher for “A Hard Life” — Colored Pencil Drawing; Adam Watkins for “Fur” — Graphite Drawing; Ellen Bartels for “On the Bay” — Oil Painting and Brandon Loos for “Revelation 4:20” — Found Object & Holy Spirit.

Award winners for the 51st annual District Juried Art Exhibit pose in the Highland Gallery.
Award winners for the 51st annual District Juried Art Exhibit pose in the Highland Gallery.

The Juried District Art Exhibit is designed to recognize local artists in the Highland district and to celebrate their visual contribution to the community. The Highland Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Photo: Award winners for the 51st annual District Juried Art Exhibit pose in the Highland Gallery.

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