Anita Funston wins gold at the North Carolina SilverArts competition in Raleigh, NC

On Sept. 30, 2016, local artist, Anita Funston, was awarded the gold medal, in Sculpture, at the North Carolina Senior Games SilverArts competition, in Raleigh, NC.

Anita Funston lives in Henderson County, NC. She has studied at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC and is a member of the Tri-State Sculptors Educational Association.  Regarding the event, she stated, “ It is an honor to represent Henderson County in the North Carolina Competition and to be awarded the gold metal in sculpture.”

Funston qualified for the state competition by winning first place with her sculpture, titled “Portrait of a Lady”, at The Four Seasons SilverArts competition held in Henderson County on May 12, 2016.

“Portrait of a Lady” was made from recycled metal kitchen items, screen, wire, a wooden cutting board and glass beads. Regarding the sculpture “it is meaningful for me to purchase and repurpose materials from organizations that serve people in need. Through Habitat for Humanity many families are given opportunities. By shopping at the Habitat ReStores for my sculpture materials, I am able to help support them and give new life to these materials. This sculpture took common kitchenware no longer used for their intended purpose and reimagined them into an artistic sculpture that can also provide a new purpose.  The “beads” on the “Lady’s” neck can be used to display scarves and jewelry.”

For more information about the NC SilverArts competition can be found at (

Anita Funston creates unique sculptures that are inspired by nature. Her works incorporate harmony and humor.

Her website can be found at ( She can also be reached by e-mail at (


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