The Stanly Arts Guild’s annual art show “Summer Art Explosion” opened at the Falling Rivers Gallery, located at 119 West Main Street in downtown Albemarle, NC, on July 12, 2011, with judging completed by Bill Colt. The show will conclude on Aug. 5, 2011, with an artist reception to be held from 6-8pm in the gallery. The awards will be presented to the artists at that time and the public is encouraged to attend. Musical entertainment will be provided by Matt Steed of Albemarle.
Colt is an award winning artist from Cabarrus County who studied art at the University of Virginia. He is represented by the Wilde Meyer Galleries in Arizona and the A.T. Hun Gallery in Savannah, GA.
First Place was awarded to the Stanly Arts Guild’s own Jessica Datin for her oil and gouache painting entitled “Man of Prayer”. Datin is a resident of Montgomery County and her work is available for sale at the Falling Rivers Gallery.
Man of Prayer by Jessica Datin
Second Place was a awarded to Karen Lowder for her acrylic painting titled “My Monet”. She is a resident of Stanly County, member of the Stanly Arts Guild and instructs at Stanly Community College in Graphic Design and Advertising.
Third Place was awarded to Walt Devine for “Rodanthe” a watercolor. He is from Union County and a member of the Southern Piedmont Artists Guild.
Honorable mention ribbons were also awarded for a variety of mediums including watercolors, oils, acrylics, collage and photography. They were awarded to Geri Dowd (Montgomery) for “Swept Away” in acrylic, Florence Graham (Union) for “Memory Lane” a collage, Fran Hendrick (Stanly) for “Watching the Ducks” in oil, Reda Icenhour (Cabarrus) for “Bridge to Nowhere” and “Blue Angel” both photographs, Ed Lipe (Stanly) for “Central Lunch” photograph, John Lomax (Mecklenburg) for “The Guest Room” in watercolor, John Moeslein (Mecklenburg) for “No Vehicles Allowed” and “Tis The Season” both watercolors, and Paula Montgomery (Moore) for “Poppies 1″ in acrylic.
For more than 10 years the Stanly Arts Guild has been the host to many artists from Stanly and surrounding counties for this summer art show. Originally held at the Agri-Civic Center in Stanly County, the show was moved to the Falling Rivers Gallery in 2009 and now includes both 2D art and 3D sculpture. Over 70 works of art were entered in this year’s show. In addition to the gallery’s usual offerings, entered work will be on display at the Gallery and most are available for sale until Aug. 5.
The Stanly Arts Guild is sponsored in part by the Albemarle Improvement LLC, the Stanly County Arts Council, and receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.
The Falling Rivers Gallery, located at 119 West Main Street in Albemarle, North Carolina is a cooperative sales venue of the Stanly Arts Guild. Follow the events in the gallery on their website at (www.fallingriversgallery.com).