In conjunction with Foothills Arts Council’s annual Clifford Morrison Memorial Art Competition gallery reception on Friday, there also will be a great opportunity for art lovers to experience all the many unique art galleries in historic downtown Elkin.
An art hike is planned for Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. A similar event was hosted recently in Elkin and area gallery owners Tory Casey and Dan Butner got the idea to make it a regular event. In many communities, these types of events are known as gallery hops or art crawls, but due to the popularity of the Elkin Valley Trails, the idea came about to call them art hikes.
The Downtown Elkin Art Hike will include the art council’s reception for the Morrison show and awards presentation with refreshments and Carolina Heritage Vineyards on hand for pouring as well as Smalltown Gallery, Elkin Artisan Market and Brushy Mountain Winery.
Arts Council Director Leighanne Martin Wright said the art hikes are a great way for locals and visitors to experience the terrific art community in Elkin. She said she also was thrilled with these year’s response for the Morrison competition.
There were a total of 30 entries this year including 2D and 3D artwork. The artwork is to be judged by local artist Laura Gaylord on Thursday. A first, second and third place prize will be awarded in both the 2D and 3D categories.
“I am so pleased with the response to our call for artists to compete,” Wright said. “Laura Gaylord will not have an easy task choosing the winners, but regardless of the outcome, I know we are all doing it for Gladys and that makes my heart happy.”
Gladys Morrison established the competition in honor of late husband, a local folk artist. Due to her health Morrison has been unable to attend the competition for the last few years and Wright said they wanted a big turnout so that photographs could be taken to show Morrison the support for the competition in honor of Clifford Morrison.
Award sponsors are Basin Creek Realty, Speedy Chef, Elk Pharmacy, Century 21 Hudspeth Properties and Frank Beals Edward Jones Investments. A $300 Best in Show prize is sponsored by Rhythm On Main.
The artists competing in 2D include Peggy Petrocy of Elkin with two paintings; Tory Casey of Dobson with one painting; Sue Barber of Elkin with three paintings; Meka Newman of Claudville, Virginia,with two paintings; Joan Norman of Dobson with two paintings; Celeste Springthorpe Tsaklis of Fancy Gap, Virginia, with three paintings; Pamela McLean of State Road with one painting; Rebecca Scherbak of Lewisville with one painting; and Bill Scherbak of Lewisville with three paintings.
Artists competing in the 3D category include Geoffrey Walker of Elkin with one piece of ceramic; Marianne Luther of Thurmond with three pieces of ceramics; Julie Gammons of Mount Airy with three pieces of mixed media; Phyllis Haile of Roaring Gap with two pieces of ceramics; Rosy Beverley of Elkin with two pieces of mixed media; and Patrick Fullwood of Cary with one wood sculpture.
For more information on upcoming art-related events, visit www.foothillsartscouncil.org.
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