Arts Council of Henderson County Announces Awards for “55th Art on Main” in Hendersonville, NC


$3,000 was awarded to artists participating in the 55th annual Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival, held Oct. 4 and 5 in downtown Hendersonville, NC. 70 artist vendors set up booths along Main Street, Hendersonville, for one of Western North Carolina’s most popular outdoor art festivals.

Awards were announced during an artists reception by Arts Council board chairman, Francis Cullinan, and Kim Adams, Art on Main Event Coordinator. Stephanie Moore, Susan Buser, and Joel Smeltzer were judges for the festival, deciding cash prizes worth a total of $3,000.

Suzy Schultz, Atlanta, GA

The winners were:

Best of Show ($1,000),  Suzy Schultz, Atlanta, GA, Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor

1st Place, Fine Art ($500), David Simchock, Weaverville, NC, Photography

1st Place, Fine Craft ($500), Elaine Rader, St. Blue Ridge, GA, Jewelry

2nd Place, Fine Art ($300), Chris Bruner, Taylors, SC, Photography

2nd Place, Fine Craft ($300), John Gunther, Abingdon, VA, Fiber

Honorable Mention ($100), Brian Kuehn, Pisgah Forest, NC, Pastels

Honorable Mention ($100), Susan Barrett, Hendersonville, NC, Clay

Honorable Mention ($100), Linda Azar, Waynesville, NC, Jewelry

Honorable Mention ($100), Timothy Bahn, Jacksonville, FL, Wood

The Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft festival is presented by the Arts Council of Henderson County with major support provided by Morris Broadband. Additional support was provided by “Bold Life Magazine”, Mast General Store, “New York Times”, and the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County. Grant partners for the event included Henderson County Visitors Center, and the City of Hendersonville.

For more information contact The Arts Council at 828/693-8504, e-mail to ( or visit (

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina.  Its office is located at 401 North Main Street, 3rd floor (entrance on Fourth Ave. W.), Hendersonville, NC 28792.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.


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