PIQUA – The 28th Annual Piqua Fine Art Exhibition of the Piqua Arts Council is open to the public. The exhibition takes place on the second floor of the Apple Tree Gallery in downtown Piqua and features over 80 artists and over 160 works of art. The exhibition will run until Friday, October 2 at 4 p.m. and is free.
Chris Krupinski, a nationally recognized watercolorist, was the juror this year. Chris is Dolphin Fellow (highest level) of the American Watercolor Society, Signature Fellow of the National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolour Society of America (master’s status), of Watercolour West – Master and allied artists, to name a few. a few. She is the recipient of over 200 national and regional awards, including first prize at the Adirondack American Watercolors Exhibition in 2018, 2015 and 2013, the first at the Aquarelle West 2016, the first at the Alabama Watercolor Society 2018, the Best in Show at the North East Watercolor Society. in 2019 and winner of a medallion at the 2013 and 2015 exhibitions of the American Watercolor Society. Chris has been published in major watercolor publications and has been a featured artist in many leading national art magazines. She was featured on both the cover and in a feature article of the October 2014 issue of The Artists Magazine. Most recently, Chris took part in a step-by-step demonstration in the 30th edition of The Art of Water magazine.
The prices were announced at a virtual reception for the exhibition. In a video produced by Piqua Arts Council Executive Director Jordan Knepper, more than $ 3,300 in cash prizes were awarded to winners in six categories: drawing, aquatic media, oil and acrylic, photography, three-part works. dimensions and miscellaneous as well as some special and best of the show prices. The video of the reception is available on the Piqua Arts Council Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PiquaArtsCouncil.
The evening’s first prizes announced were the Library Purchase Awards. They were chosen by Jim Oda, Executive Director of the Piqua Public Library. The winners were Jeanette Ferguson for “Keep Your Eye on the Ball”, Connie Gifford for “My First Wheels No. 3” and Jennifer Walker for “A Welcome Sight”. All pieces will become part of the library’s permanent art collection and will be rotated for display with special exhibits.
The next prize announced was the Thelma Anderson Best Piqua Artist Award. The award was set up to encourage local artists to participate in the Piqua art exhibition and was renamed in honor of Thelma Anderson, a long-time employee of the Apple Tree Gallery, where the exhibition is held. . This year’s prize was awarded to a unique piece recognized as the best entry by a Piqua artist. The selected work was “In The Deep” by Evelyn Mahrt.
Following this announcement was awarded the Kathy Oda Memorial Prize. The Kathy Oda Memorial Award is presented to the best black and white photograph and is presented in memory of Kathy Oda, a photographer passionate about black and white. This year’s award went to “Reds Fan” by Paul Wilbur.
After the special prizes, the individual categories were announced.
For the three-dimensional category, third place went to Pamela J. Ridenour for “Tall, Dark and Reflective”, second place went to Phil Wood for “Wise Council” and first place to Jodi Knoch for “Untitled”, a creation of a felt heart.
For the miscellaneous category honorable mentions were given to Pam Summers for “Fall Fantasy” and Bruce Soifer for “The Lavender Picker”, third place going to Carol Korros for “Canyon Shadows”, second place to William Smith III. for “Johnson Farm No. 2”, and first place goes to Jan Lendino for “Shape Shifter”.
In the drawing category, an honorable mention was awarded to Kyna Paul for her work “Blue Truck”, third place to J. Lynne Dodson for “Lavendar Sage Path”, second place to Tom Lehman for “Kieferville Stop” and the first place to Carol Strock Wasson for “Winter Field”.
In photography, honorable mentions were given to Ken Maggi for “Harvest Time” and another honorable mention for his work “1941 Allegheny Locomotive Gauges”. Calen Fledderjohann also received an honorable mention for “Face Painting”. Third place went to Mark Fohl for “Wine in the Window”, second place to Eric Reidinger for “Gymnasium Tags” and first place to Cathy Huber for “Morning Light”.
In the Oil and Acrylic category honorable mentions were given to Barbara Houdeshell for “Quiet Encounter”, Steven Wohler for “Kiser Lake Marina”, Marcia Maas for “Autumn Splendor”, with third place to Jennifer Gundling for “Fall Berries” “, Second place going to Barbara Houdeshell for” Downtown Waterville Spirit “and first place to Steve Wohler for” German Street Crossing “.
In the final category of Aquatic Media, Honorable Mentions were given to Jeanette Ferguson for “Evening Guard”, Diana Hoke for “Neighborhood Watch” and Bonnie Kuntz for “Midnight Run”, with third place to Donna Pierce-Clark for ” Joy in Fishtown, “second place to Jennifer Sowders for” Cooler Weather “and first place to Shirlee Bauer for” The Agony “.
After thanking the sponsors, Alley and Bradl, LLC, Jackson Tube Service, Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, Buckeye Insurance Group and Ameriprise Financial – Mullenbrock and Associates, Knepper announced the winner for Best of Show. The Best of Show 2020 award went to Dan Knepper for his work entitled If I could Walk on Water.
Anyone wishing to purchase works of art should contact the Piqua Arts Council at 937-773-9630.
Shape Shifter, by Jan Lendino
Wise advice, by Phil Wood
The Agony, by Shirlee Bauer
German Street Corssing, by Steve Wohler
Winter Field, by Carol Strock Wasson
If I could walk on water, by Dan Knepper