Summer art show winners announced by Stanly Arts Guild

Published 10:09 am Monday, July 19, 2021

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The Annual Summer Art Explosion Show at the Stanly County Arts Guild gallery is in full swing.

Winners were recently announced in the competition divided into 2D and 3D art. Judges for the show were Julia Lawing of Concord’s Clearwater Studios and Donna Carter of Locust.

First place in both 2-D and 3-D earned a $400 cash prize, with $200 going to second place and $100 to third. The show is free and open to the public. Hours of the gallery are from 12-4 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p. m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

In the 2D category, Robert Cooper’s graphite drawing titled “Uncle Jesse” earned top honors. Judges said they “appreciated the motion” of the piece.

“I could feel the heat and energy behind the plow. The technical execution of the graphite drawing is so beautifully rendered. The subtle range of values is gorgeous,” the judges said.

Second place went to “Bostic School House Memories” by Marshall Davis.

In third place was Jared Slack’s painting “With the Boys.” Judges enjoyed the perspective of the piece showing a cityscape from young men sitting on a bridge in the foreground to the capitol building in the background.

“The lights and darks, greys and judiciously chosen color allowed me to feel the urban hustle in the city at the day’s end,” judges said.

Honorable Mentions in the category included “Anti-ci-pation” by Stephanie Dittrick, “Summer Splashers” by Kay Harrison and “Majestic Serenity” by Robert Cooper.

In the 3-D category, the winner was Marjel Jones’ “Silent Songs,” which was a music box. Judges said the “precision of glass placed for resin” and the “use of various materials” were both “well thought-out.”

Second place went to “Feather Bowl” by Michelle Efird, which was credited by judges for its “attention to detail and originality.”

“Fruits of my Labor” was the third-place winner created by Linda Harris. Judges said the pieces colors and attention to detail “were remarkable.”

Honorable mention went to “Self Portrait” by Lindsey Rigney and “Agate-Like” by Judith Williams.

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Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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