For the second year in a row, the first place award went to Cheryl Keefer for her oil, Burnsville Garden and French Lunch! and “her professional use of the medium,” Juror John Mac Kah observed. Jeremy Sams, a third place winner last year, won second place with his Rain’s On The Way. Mac Kah said that Sams’ work showed “true naturalism.” And third place went to Mark Harmon for “sheer guts” and his Silver Rain. Edward Morris received special mention for Morning Interlude and a “good capture of light”. And Steven Higgins, a veteran Paint Out participant, only 16 years old, was given special recognition for his Prices Creek Field.
This year’s juror, John Mac Kah, said that all the paintings were noteworthy and decisions based on the 4 P’s—Placement, Proportion, Plane, and Perspective—a teaching mantra in his Asheville classes.
All in all, it was a great day. The exhibition will be up at the gallery through Saturday, June 20. Gallery hours are 10:30am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday. For more information and to view all the winning entries, please visit the website, www.toeriverarts.org or call 828-682-7215.
The TRAC Paint Out was supported by a Grassroots Art Grant through the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a generous anonymous donation.
Toe River Arts Council
P.O. Box 882
Burnsville, NC 28714