Yadkinville was covered in heavy downpours on July 13, but inside the Welborn Gallery at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center a crowd gathered to see the work of several North Carolina artists.
The Yadkin Arts Council hosted the opening of its second annual 2D and 3D juried show, “Eye of the Artist.” The juried show allows all North Carolina residents 18 and older and working in 2D or 3D mediums to enter a piece.
“We are very pleased with the quality and range of entries,” said Susan Lyons, co-director of the Yadkin Arts Council. “The artists’ statements provided fascinating insights into why they create what they do, what inspired them…The show gives the onlooker a rare glimpse into the mind of creativity.”
David Simpson, artist and owner of Germanton Gallery, was asked to judge the show.
The third place winner was Ginnie Conaway, a resident of Winston-Salem. Conaway is a painting instructor at Forsyth Tech Community College. Her acrylic painting “Red Clay Creek” earned her the award and a $400 check.
“Basically I moved from the mid-Atlantic area where they were paving over everything and losing farm land and losing space,” Conaway said. “I love it down here because of the landscape, I love painting landscape. I put a show together of many of my landscapes and realized that almost every one of them has water in it. Red Clay Creek had a clarity to it that just begged to be painted.”
Conaway said that she wasn’t expecting to place in the show.
“I was so surprised and absolutely amazed,” Conaway said. “There is such a quality of work here and what I submitted was very small and intimate and I didn’t think it stood a chance against some of these amazing pieces. I’m in very good company and I’m amazed.”
Sharon Grubbs, a resident of East Bend, took second place with her oil portrait titled “Smitty, A Carolina Farm Boy.” Grubbs is a resident artist at the Yadkin Arts Council with a shop in the council’s Yard. Grubbs’ second place win sent her home with a check for $600.
“Smitty is a farmer here in Yadkin County and he and his dad have a dairy farm and so I wanted to do some paintings of normal people,” Grubbs said. “I photographed him last year and when I heard about this show I knew that was what I was going to enter. I loved him in front of the blue truck that day so I decided that’s what I was going to do.”
Patty Sheets swept first place with her oil portrait titled “Concentration.” Sheets is a resident of Winston-Salem. She is a Yadkin Arts Council Yard artist. Her first place win earned her a $1,000 check.
“The subject is my beautiful grandson,” Sheets said. “He was painting and he was just so intent on what he was doing so that’s where I got the title of the piece. I used that piece because I really like the way he was just trying so hard and he was so intent on what he was doing”
Sheets said that she had just finished the piece in April and so it is her newest piece. She said that she was completely unprepared for her first place win.
“I couldn’t believe it, this is just wonderful,” Sheets said. “This is a wonderful show and there’s a lot of really good art here and I was really impressed with all of the artists that entered.”
Honorable mentions were awarded to Jeremy Sams, Janelle DiLizio, Phyllis Hinton Haile. Cheryl Powell, Shannon Rainey and Lynda Sanders.
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