The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Winners of 12th Annual “Bring Us Your Best” Exhibit


The Arts Council of Henderson County, in Hendersonville, NC, has announced the winning artists for its current exhibition, “Bring Us Your Best XII”.  Winners were announced at the opening reception for the exhibition, on display in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC Building on the Blue Ridge Community College campus, on view through Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.

The awards were announced by Arts Council Board Chairman, Francis Cullinan, and board member, Elise Pratt. Joan Jackson, representing the Wax Family Memorial Funds, long-time sponsor of the awards, presented the awards to the following artists:

1st Place/2-dimensional  – Al Junek, “Soliltude”
1st Place/3-dimensional – Bobbie Polizzi, “Spectator Sport”
1st Place/Photography – Walter Arnold, “It’s Always Summer”
1st Place/Fine Craft – Thomas Crothers, “Three Skinny Mushrooms”
2nd Place/2-dimensional  – Susan Sinyai, “She Who Wanders”
2nd Place/3-dimensional – Bonnie Joy Bardos, “Whirl”
2nd Place/Photography – David Simchock, “Simply Sanibel”
2nd Place/Fine Craft – Maggie & Freeman Jones, “Twisted”
3rd Place/2-dimensional  – Samuel Dillon, “Malaysian Bas Relief”
3rd Place/3-dimensional – Susan Douglas, “Geisha”
3rd Place/Photography – David Simchock, “Max Patch Sunset”
3rd Place/Fine Craft – Holland Van Gores, “We Stand as One”

Al Junek, “Soliltude”

First place winners received $250, 2nd place winners received $150, and 3rd place winners received checks for $100.

In addition to the above awards, Keith Dalbec, President of the Board of Directors for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, presented a special award of $250 to Garry Turpin for his oil on canvas painting entitled “Mountain Folk.” This “One Planet, One World” award was selected based on how well the artwork is representative of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, the oneness and interdependence of all life.

Bobbie Polizzi, “Spectator Sport”

Ten Honorable Mention awards, $25 Gift Certificates for The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing, were awarded to the following: Walter Arnold, Karen Eve Bayne, Cathyann Burgess, Jim Carson, Dan Carter, Joan Covell, Cathy Hennessey, Jane Molinelli, Rachel Pomraning, and Constance Vlahoulis.

Henderson County artists Walter Arnold and Brian Shope sponsored an “Artist’s Choice” award. After participating artists voted for their favorite piece in the show just before the opening reception, ballots were tabulated, and Sarah Sneeden took home the $300 cash prize for her oil on canvas work entitled “Summer Bliss.”

Walter Arnold, “It’s Always Summer”

The People’s Choice Award, based on the votes of all gallery visitors, has yet to be awarded. The winner will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist Fine Art Supply, and will be announced on the last day of the exhibition, Aug. 28. The public is invited to visit the exhibition and cast their ballots.

Gallery hours are Monday- Friday, 10am – 4pm.  The exhibition is free and open to the public, and all artwork is for sale.

For more information contact the Arts Council of Henderson County by calling 828/693-8504, e-mail to ( or visit (

In addition to The Wax Family Memorial Funds, “Bring Us Your Best XII” is also sponsored by The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies,  the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

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 N. Main Street, 3rd floor Hendersonville, NC 28792.  (Entrance on Fourth Ave. W.),

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, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.


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