The 35th Annual Red Hills Art Association Competition was open to the public on Friday, May 17 during library hours. The show was open during this past weekend’s Red Hills Art Festival.
This year’s judge for the RHAA Competition was Women Painter’s of Southeast officer, signature member and board member Dot Courson. She is a juried member of the Oil Painter’s of America, and is represented by Southern Breeze Gallery in Ridgeland and Caron/Prince Gallery in Tupelo. She has been featured in many MS magazines.
A total of 47 entries from 19 artists were entered in the competition this year. The Fine Arts category First Place winner received $200 and Second Place received $100. This year’s First Place winner was Barbara Waldrop for “Autumn Pond”. The second place winner was Bernice Pearson for “Flowers on my Fence”.
In the Crafts category, the First Place winner received $100. This year’s First Place winner was Pat Simms for “Cat on a Boat”. The second place winner was Paul Simmons for “Sunset”.
The First & Second Place winner in the Photography category was Glenn Wiygul for “Liberty Church” and “Momma & Babies”, respectively.
Those receiving honorable mentions were:
Fine Arts—Melanie McNeel, Barbara Waldrop, Terri Cournoyer, Jean Calvert, Susan Clark, Mary Reed, Dot DePriest, Angelica Robinson, Peggy Stokes, Wanda Hunter, Betty Jane Chatham, Bernice Pearson, and Barbara Howell.
The Red Hills Art Association would again like to thank all those who participated and showed up for this event. The y would also like to send a thank you to all the businesses and individuals who contributed Purchase Awards for this show. These include: Bancorp South, Bullock Toyota, Dan’s Discount Drugs, Fair Oil Co., Taylor Machine Works, Speedy & Jamie Calvery, Charles & Gerry Clark, Sandra Mayo, John & Mary Snow, and Sylvia Vowell.