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Winners of Local Artists’ Exhibition Announced

Best of Show winner Steve Close was among area artists recognized with awards at the August 28 opening reception for the Visual Artists Alliance of LaGrange’s (VAAL) exhibition. Close’s acrylic painting is entitled “Rainy Night in Georgia.” It depicts a local scene at the intersection of Greenwood and Vernon streets.

First place winner Victoria Slagle’s colorful multi-media piece entitled “Alicia” depicts a summer intern at the LaGrange Art Museum. Second place went to a still-life oil painting on linen of hydrangeas created by Cindy Fulks and entitled “Chasing Blues.”

A tiny watercolor entitled “Morning’s Mystery” by Mike Riedel fetched third place and fourth place went to West Point artist Charlie Warner for his marble sculpture entitled “Liz.”

Honorable mentions were awarded to Susan Kilgore Gadrix, Len Jagoda, Randall Parmer, William Roberts and Ashley Stewart.

Judging the show was plein air artist David Boyd Jr. from Newnan. He has a BFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design and his work is exhibited in many notable galleries throughout the Southeast.

“The artists of VAAL pour all their talent into this favorite annual exhibit. We are so fortunate to have the support of LAM and the LaGrange community. If anyone has interest in joining this group of artists, please contact me at [email protected],” said VAAL president Thea McElvy.

Most all the works are available for purchase. “Now is the time for you to support the artists who live among us and upgrade the art in your home or add to your collection,” said Al Brannon, board chairman of the art museum. “The local artists’ work is nothing short of exceptional.” A percentage of the sale proceeds go to the art museum.

Other artists featured in the exhibition are: Joanna B. Baxter, Jeanine Bradfield, Sean Burnley, Christie Cannon, Mary Carroll, Terri Codlin, Jennifer Y. Emery, Lata Fields, William G. Jackson, Thea McKay McElvy, Keith Parmer, Whit Perry, Nellie Ralat, Mary Sumners, John Vollenweider, Leah Watts and Cathy Wiggins. The exhibition runs through October 24. Museum hours are Tuesdays-Fridays from 9 am – 5 pm and Saturdays from 1-4 pm.

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