The 2013 “Harvest of Art” has been on display in the First Southern Bank building on Main Street here in Russellville from October 2-11. The competition was judged by Carolyn Wells, an art teacher from Muhlenberg County with 30 years experience.
The First Place winner was an oil painting titled “In Play” by artist Alla Gilbert. Wells said she was drawn to Gilbert’s work by her painting technique and the softness it achieved that she found very compelling and simply drew her in. Ms. Gilbert, who has lived in Russellville for twenty-five years, is an accomplished artist who also has works in several private collections as well as the Kentucky Museum and Cravens Library at WKU. She will receive $100 for this winning piece.
The Second Place winner is another painting in oil titled “Rialto Bridge on the Grande Canal in Venice” by artist Faye Matthews. Wells said she was greatly taken with the attention to detail in the scene especially with the complexities of the perspective and human figures along with capturing water and cloud formations. Ms. Matthews is a retired art teacher who worked in the Houston County, Tennessee school system and in the Clarksville area. She now resides in Russellville and is enjoying having time to create more of her own art work. Currently she is really into painting Italian landscapes, one of which has now allowed her to receive an award of $75.00.
The Third Place winner is a stained glass piece titled “Flying Geese Quilt Block” by Joanne Fransen-Gilliam. Wells said this piece caught her attention due to the excellence in craftmanship, the subtle use of color and the idea of transfering a quilt block into a stained glass piece, which to her was a fantastic idea. Ms. Fransen-Gilliam said she based the design on the traditional flying geese quilt pattern but added a goose motif. She says her love of gemoetric design carries over to her two artistic passions: stained glass and quilting, both of which she has been doing for over thirty years. The Third Place award is $50.
The Honorable Mention was earned by a mixed media piece titled “Protectors of the Nation” by local artist Teresa Snorton. Wells said she was fascinated by Ms. Snorton’s work.
She chose this creative relief work because of the complexities in the textures, media used, and the symbolism used to communicate her message. Ms. Snorton was born and raised in Adairville and was the first woman to join the National Guard unit in Russellville. Following her time with the Guard, she went to a business college, decided to apply to Art Instruction School and proceeded to work on an art degree. Art and poetry has been her passion for many years, but she also finds great joy in helping others. She went as a volunteer during hurricane Katrina, worked as a military nanny and helped with homeless ministries. Ms. Snorton will receive an award of $25.
The Russellville Arts Council congratulates all the winners. Continuing the standard of excellence of art set in last year’s competition, our local artists have not let us down. We are so proud of all our artists who chose to share their amazing work with our community in this judged exhibit. If you haven’t stopped by First Southern Bank to view the work, please do so. If you see any of our winning artists out and about, please congratulate them! And, if you’re an area artist and interested in the “Harvest of Art” competition, please submit some of your work next year! We look forward to seeing this event grow in both artist participation and in viewing attendance. Thank you again to all our artists for submitting your work. We look forward to seeing your work again next year!