PAOLA — Artists from across the United States and six countries submitted paintings and sculptures for the Heartland Art Guild’s 17th Annual Miniature Art and Sculpture Exhibition at the Miami County Historical Museum.
Jean Cook, member of the Heartland Art Guild and chair of the show, introduced Mayor Leigh House and thanked everyone for coming to the show on Saturday 9th July.
Mayor Grandon announced the winners. There is another award to be announced, the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced towards the end of the show to allow more people to vote. The exhibition will remain on view until the end of July.
The exhibit features 73 artists who featured 228 paintings on display at the Miami County Historical Museum at Paola. The exhibit features art from across the United States as well as pieces from England, Wales, South Africa, Australia, Belgium and Scotland.
Larry DeGraff was the juror for this year’s show. DeGraff started doing fine art after working as a greeting card artist for Hallmark Cards. He studied illustration and figurative painting at the Kansas City Art Institute. His goal is to paint light as he sees it.
DeGraff has had her work featured in Southwest Art & Plein Air Magazine and has won national awards for her work.
“To me, the best paintings have a magical quality to them,” DeGraff said. “They boost morale. That’s what strikes me first. Then when I study them, I find the drawing, composition, values, color, mood, brushstroke and storytelling skills that created the initial response.
Honorable Mention ($100)
Christian Rzyski from Belgium for a gouache: Collioure III.
Katherine Weber of Woodstock. Ill., for a watercolor on terracotta: Chippie.
Akiko Watanabe from Pacific, California, for an acrylic: Curious Rusty II.
Karen Baruth of Olathe, Kansas, for an oil, On A Clear Day.
Jeanie Gordon of Warren, Ohio, for an oil: Not Yet Pie.
Merit Award ($200)
Elaine Hahn of Holiday, Florida, for an oil: Aspen Grove.
Jean Terry of Lenexa, Kan., for a pastel: Winter Beauty.
Best of Show ($300)
Janet Laird-Lagasse of Auburn, Main, for a watercolour: CV Ledger.