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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Work of 55 artists on exhibit

  • Artists from eight Missouri and five Illinois cities entered a total of 99 art works in the ORiGINALE show, the 48th annual area artist exhibit and competition sponsored by the Hannibal Art Club.
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  • Artists from eight Missouri and five Illinois cities entered a total of 99 art works in the ORiGINALE show, the 48th annual area artist exhibit and competition sponsored by the Hannibal Art Club.
    The show opened Sept. 14 and will continue through Friday, Oct. 26, at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main St., where it may be viewed by the public.
    The professional division has the work of 31 artists, and 24 artists entered the non-professional division.
    In the non-professional division, the best in show award went to Robin Johnson for “King,” his ink drawing of a lion.
    Jason Mejer won the best of show award in the professional division for his “Untitled” monotone.
    HAC Executive Director Michael Gaines explained that the arts council will give the two best of show winners a joint exhibit during the next year.
    With the growing popularity of the art club’s ORiGINALE show, this year each artist could submit one or two entries, down from three entries in previous years, Gaines explained.
    The show included a picture of the “Gardner House, Palmyra, Mo.” It was painted by Len Moss, a well-known Hannibal artist. Gaines was pleased to report that Moss “did it this year at the age of 95.”
    One unusual picture is Cyndi Taylor’s “My Precious,” a portrait that appears to be a sculpture. Gaines said it is from a photo of Taylor’s granddaughter.
    Another rare entry is a tapestry called “Cross Roads” by Sylvana Purcell. It received an award.
    Nearly all the arts were exhibited along the HAC gallery’s walls. One exception is a forged steel sculpture by Kent Hilgenbrinck. He named it “Untitled Number 1.”
    Additional winners in the non-professional division were Alan Starkey for “Scape Series #12” (acrylic), Milly Johnson for “Fantasy on Black” (acrylic), Mary Beth Baudendistel for “Princess and the Pea” (acrylic) and Jenny Guthrie for her “Missouri Harvest” (colored pencil).
    Also winning in the non-professional division were Deidre Klassen for “Night and the City” (acrylic), Bert A. Andrews for “Unknown” (mixed), Cynthia Haun for “Enjoying Ethiopian Sun” (watercolor), Martha Mudd Adrian for “Copper Pot/Delphinium” (oil) and Judy Flowers for “The Hinge” (mixed media).
    Professional division winners in addition to Jason Mejer were Joe Conover for “Accretio 03.28.12” (encaustic), Robert Lee Mejer for “Variant: Vivace B” (watercolor), Ann Miller-Titus for “Birches” (fiber) and Dottie Hahn for “Flowers” (watercolor).
    Also honored in the professional division were Linda Buechting for “Linda, 2012” (watercolor), Bill Yates for “Law & Disorder” (acrylic), Brenda Benson for “Self Portrait” (pastel), Sylvana Purcell for “Cross Road’s” (fiber & mixed media) and Larry Wilfong for “Moonglow” (acrylic).
    Page 2 of 2 - Gaines noted that the competition is judged by people from outside a 50-mile radius of the area. The awards total approximately $1,200, which is donated by the individual prize sponsors, businesses and organizations.

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