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Stanly Arts Guild presents Nature At Its Best

The Stanly Arts Guild has brought together 2-D art, 3-D art and photography for its annual Ellen Cook Gaskin Memorial “Nature At Its Best” art showcase.

The show, sponsored by the Gaskin family, will close with a reception and awards presentation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 2.

There are 78 entries from 31 artists from Stanly and surrounding counties.

Nicole Kennedy, from Randleman, won first place for “But First They Must Catch You,” featuring two bronze rabbits.

Ed Lipe, from Richfield, won second place for “Under Pressure,” featuring a black and white photograph of a bird’s egg laying on a wrench.

Ed Lipe took home second place for “Under Pressure.”

Ron Slack, from Salisbury, won third place for “The Feeding,” featuring three hand-carved fish — rainbow, brown and brook trout.

Ron Slack took home third place for “The Feeding.”

Honorable mentions were Craig Marsh for “Photo Bomb,” Sarah Price for “Turtles on Tillery,” O’Linda Walker for “Llama Love” and Richard Evans for “Bird of Paradise.”

Barry Stabbings, Tammy Palmer and Dan Wray were the judges. Jaclyn Layman and Anita Ammerman are the co-chairwomen for the showcase.

SAG is at 330-C Second St. in Albemarle and is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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