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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Art Fair attracts newcomers to Hannibal

  • Artists from several states – including some making their local debut - met both Hannibalians and visitors on June 21 and 22 at Renaissance Hannibal’s Downtown Hannibal Art Fair.
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  • Artists from several states – including some making their local debut - met both Hannibalians and visitors on June 21 and 22 at Renaissance Hannibal’s Downtown Hannibal Art Fair.
    The Art Fair on North Main Street was scheduled in conjunction with the June 21 Fiesta Del Sol in Central Park. (See related article).
    Meg Prange of South Central Iowa was among the artists making their Hannibal debut. She was sewing a fabric wall hanging, depicting an 80-year-old woman and her sister fishing in days gone by. Prange was copying an old photograph.
    Prange selects fabrics, then cuts out the pieces and hand-bastes them. She finishes with hidden stitches, all sewn by hand, in a style learned from her mother. “I use a number 12 applique needle,” she said, displaying a tiny needle.
    Doug and Diane Osborn of Decorah, Iowa, also visiting Hannibal for the first time, said they were enjoying being in town on the first day of summer. Despite the June 21 heat, they had climbed the steps to the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse. They received a “Survivor’s Award” certificate at the ABC Gift Shop, 200 North St., stating they had climbed all 244 steps to the lighthouse. The award was from the gift shop and Lyndon Bode, Marion County presiding commissioner.
    As their reward, the Osborns tried the gelato at Chocolata Stam, where they chose chocolate and kikker turtle.
    The Art Fair featured paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, fiber, wood, ceramics and wearable art.
    One woman was celebrating her birthday by playing an original composition on Ned Behrensmeyer’s piano outside Java Jive. He had previously challenged Elizabeth Manhardt of Hull, Ill., to write a song for her birthday. Her song, “Remember Me Smiling,” was a tribute to Manhardt’s late mother, Kathryn Gray, who taught art in Hannibal for many years.
    After biking to Hannibal from Quincy, Ill., Donnette Cannady and her cousin, Debbie Hickey, were happy to discover artist Michael Holmes, olmeswhose work featured bicycles.
    While some artists were new to Hannibal, others were local, such as Joshua McCurdy, whose pottery is in the folklife festival each fall and is also available at the Alliance Gallery.
    Air Fair winners were:
    • Two-dimensional art, first place - Josh Crow, painting, Mount Sterling, Mo.; second place – Brenda Beck Fisher, watercolors, Hannibal; and third place – Bob Decker, photographs, Wapello, Iowa.
    • Three-dimensional art, first place -  Reiko Cunningham, ceramics, Iowa City, Iowa; second place – Bill Wilkey, ceramics, Columbia, Mo.; and third place, Debbie Wiles, mixed media, Mattoon, Ill.
    Two special awards were announced by the Hannibal Arts Council during the Art Fair. The $1,500 grand prize winner of the Project Shock Top contest was Tracy Wisehart of Cut Off, La., whose picture includes a pickup truck and a man with a bottle.
    Page 2 of 2 - The people attending the Art Fair voted on their choice among five finalists. The $500 People’s Choice winner was Brandy Hurt of Hannibal, whose picture includes a bicycle with orange slices for wheels. The rider has an orange slice head.
    See photo gallery on hannibal.net for more pictures.

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