Twenty-four works of art competed in the 24th Annual Clifford Morrison Memorial Art Competition this year. The amount of entries was down from previous years, but on the whole the quality of work was fabulous. The judges were Gayle Neaves Lyles and Martha Neaves, both of Elkin.
“After collaborating on Holly Neaves Gambill’s book “Joyful Paintings” a few years ago, being jurors for this year’s Clifford Morrison Art Show was also a joyful experience,” Lyles said. “We would have loved to give an award to every painting. Thank you all for this honorable opportunity.”
The judges chose the following for the prizes:
The Basin Creek Realty first place for 3D went to Patrick Fullwood of Cary for his handcrafted table titled “Confection;” the Elk Pharmacy second place for 3D went to Jim Thompson of Archdale for his pottery, “Coil Built Vessel;” the third place prize for 3D also went to Thompson for “Boat With Anthracene Bird.” In the 2D category, the Speedy Chef first place went to Craig Richards of Winston-Salem for his painting “Dreamy Morning;” the second place for 2D went to Bill Scherbak of Thomasville for his work, “Ephihany;” and the Century 21 Hudspeth Properties third place prize went to Celeste Springthorpe Tsaklis of Mount Airy for her work, “Afghan Livestock.” Honorable mentions were awarded to Craig Richards for “Waiting on a Train;” Peggy Petrocy of Elkin for “Buck Wants Cake” and “The Monk on Marble Mountain;” and Rebecca Scherbak of Thomasville for “Baja Sunset.”
Gladys Cundiff Morrison of Elkin is the driving force behind the art competition named for her late husband. “Clifford’s love for the arts and the people in our community make the annual Morrison competition a fitting endeavor to bear his name,” she said.
An opening reception was held Friday night with many of the winners in attendance to receive their awards. The exhibit will hang until Oct. 4.
Coming up in the garden will be the Elkin Big Band on Oct. 19 and the Open Air Art Market on Dec. 6 and 7. For a list of upcoming events at the Foothills Arts Council, be sure to check the website at www.foothillsartscouncil.org.
The Foothills Arts Council is grateful for its many individual members and business sponsors, as well as the Town of Elkin, Surry County and the NC Grassroots Arts Program, which all help in its mission to provide cultural opportunities for all of the community.
This article was submitted by Leighanne Martin Wright, Executive Director of the Foothills Arts Council.