PIQUA — In what proved to be the largest exhibition in the 25-year history of the Piqua Arts Council’s Piqua Fine Art Exhibition, artists from Sidney, Versailles and New Knoxville were among those who took home awards.
Piqua native Evelyn Mahrt garnered the Best of Show award, announced at the Gala Awards Reception, Sept. 7, for a moody landscape, “Reminiscent.”
This year’s exhibition features more than 260 works of art. Indiana artist Ben Johnson was the juror for the exhibition.
Carolyn Armstrong, of Versailles, won third place in drawing for “Cabin in the Woods.” Gary Hovey, of New Knoxville, won third place in three-dimensional for “Zap!.” Ann Asher, of Sidney, won a library purchase award for “Eyes of the Cat.”
Other winners were:
In drawing: Tom Kinarney, of Dayton, first place; and Linnae Wilson, of Urbana, second place; Carole Schafer, of Greenville, and Elaine Perkins, of St. Paris, honorable mentions.
In water media: Cody Heichel, of Columbus, first place; Debby Gregory, of St. Marys, second place; Diana Hoke, of St. Paris, third place; Jeanne Wenrick, of Troy, and Twila Wilt, of Tipp City, honorable mentions.
In oil and acrylic: Sharon Glett, of New Carlisle, first place; Steve Wohler, of Vandalia, second place; Barbara Carruthers, of Worthington, third place; Marcia Maas, of Wapakoneta, and Jane Flewellen, of Worthington, honorable mentions.
In photography category: Mike Underwood, of Piqua, first place; Jodi Knoch, of Wapakoneta, second place; Missy Hines, of Troy, third place; John Rausch, of Wapakoneta, and Branden Uhrig, of Dayton, honorable mentions.
In three-dimensional: Lindsey Schulze, of St. Henry, first place; Jodi Knoch, of Wapakoneta, second place; Dennis Walker, of Piqua, and Pamela Ridenour, of Tipp City, honorable mentions.
In miscellaneous: Kinarny, first place; Selena Burk, of Union City, second place; Jan Lendino, of Troy, third place; Ed Wilson, of Clayton, and Kyna Paul, of South Charleston, honorable mentions.
The Michelle Award for the best painting with a child in it was awarded to Sheryl Scott, of Huber Heights. The Kathy Oda Memorial Award for the best black and white photograph went to Keith Norman, of Wapakoneta. The ceramics award went to Ridenour. The Thelma Anderson Best Piqua Artist Award went to Underwood.
Other Piqua Public Library Purchase Awards were made to Mahrt, Alice Jacomet, of Piqua, and Jan Lendino and Jim Moore, both of Troy.
The annual Piqua Fine Art Exhibition runs through Sept. 29 in the Apple Tree Gallery, 405 N. Main St., Piqua. For information, call 937-773-9630.