Sponsors of Hannibal’s first Art From the Parks exhibit and competition were pleased to see several of Hannibal’s many parks featured in the 32 entries. This joint project of the Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department and Hannibal Arts Council includes the work of 21 artists.
Mary Lynn Richards of the Parks & Recreation Department reported that although Riverview Park inspired the most pictures - as expected - several were painted or photographed in other parks. A few were parks that not all local residents know about, Richards said, such as the Ringer Park and Indian Mound Park.
“I’m so excited that many other parks were featured,” she said, which was “what we wanted to focus on. ... Riverview Park gets so much recognition, but all of our parks are so beautiful and we are so pleased some people chose other parks to feature.”
Several pictures were done in Central Park and Huckleberry Park, and others show the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse and Lover’s Leap Park.
The exhibit’s opening reception and presentation of the awards were on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Brenda Beck Fisher won the Best of Show award in the adult division for her watercolor titled “River Roots.” It features a tree in Riverview Park.
Also in the adult division, first place went to Susie Friesen for “Long Shadows,” a batik of tall trees in Riverview Park.
Second place was won by Marghie Young for her painting titled “Central Park Impression.”
Stephen Schisler won third place for his painting, “Twain Statue” in Riverview Park.
Only one artist entered the youth division. She was 10-year-old Keri Schindler, a photographer, whose picture, “Chillin Out at Huckleberry Park,” won the Best of Show award.
She explained some of her photographs were taken in Riverview Park, including her favorite, a squirrel in a tree. “I was looking for black squirrels, and I sat under a tree to see if they would come out by the trails,” Keri said. “Then a squirrel was looking at me and started coming down.” She likes to take pictures of owls, her pets “and I mostly like landscapes,” she said.
Richards presented a special Parks & Recreation award to Christina Strode for her graphite, “Reflections of What Used To Be,” in Indian Mounds Park.
for People’s Choice
One award, the People’s Choice, will be presented after the exhibit closes on March 24. This will give everyone viewing the exhibit a opportunity to vote.
Michael Gaines, HAC executive director, encouraged the people at the reception to invite others to see the exhibit and vote for their favorite. A total of $575 in prize money is being awarded to the artists.
Page 2 of 2 - Gaines noted that the Parks & Recreation Department will use some of the pictures in promotions for the next year.
The Hannibal Arts Council Gallery at 105 S. Main St. is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. On Tuesday and Sunday it is closed.
Several people at the reception commented on a picture of a tree titled “Isolation,” by Annie Massie, with a accompanying essay. The picture is unusual, because the background has printouts of medical records.
Massie wrote that she had a total throidectomy on Nov. 13, 2012, that was determined to be papillary thyroid carcinoma. It was treated with one dose of radioactive iodine, which required her to be in isolation from her 4-year-old son and her teaching job for three weeks. She stayed in her parents’ basement.
After she learned about the Art From the Parks exhibit she drove through Riverview Park and noticed a tree that was alone and isolated, reminding her of her own isolation. She added the collage of her medical rules to serve as the backdrop for her representation of isolation.
Two generations of one family entered the exhibit and contest. Beck Fisher’s daughter, Danielle Perrin, had photographs on exhibit. Perrin took them in several parks, including Riverview and South Side Recreation Park.
Beck Fisher explained that “all my kids have shown artistic ability.”
Perrin said as she was growing up, art has “always been in the home. I watched her paint at the table, as a child. She’s always been encouraging to all of us kids to pursue art in our own way and to see the best of God’s creations and be able to portray it artistically.”
See photo gallery on hannibal.net for more photographs.