Monday, January 16, 2012

WAAL Exhibit Reception and Awards

Sunday January 15th was the opening of the WAAL exhibit at the McConnell Art Center in Worthington, Ohio. Here is a link to a slide show of the event (you can turn up the speed and turn off the music - upper right options)

A large crowd of visitors were in attendance, which spilled over into the nearby hallways. Co-Chairs for the show were Bill Westerman and Steven Walker. McConnell Art Center Director Jon Cook greeted the crowd and expressed his appreciation for the participation. Worthington Mayor, Harvey Minton presented a proclamation to The Worthington Area Art League for their Community Activities and presented the Mayor’s Award to Steven Walker for his painting “Alum Creek Trail”.

Worthington City Council Member, Bonnie Michael presented the City Council Award to S. Betz Gallagher for her painting “Jazz” Guernsey Bank Vice-President. Bianca Conie presented their award of a ribbon and $50 check to Stephen Cheek for his painting “Maria”.

Steven Walker Co-Chair of the show presented the following awards:
Honorable Mention Awards to Charlie Rowland, Jim Glover, and Sherry Mullet
3rd Place Award of a Ribbon and $100 to Richard Clem for his painting “Quiet Cry”
2nd Place Award of a Ribbon and $200 to Dennis Zimmerman for his painting “Who’’s Next”
1st Place Award of a Ribbon and $300 to Brian Johnston for his painting “Blue Ben Diner”

Bill Westerman presented Best of Show award of a ribbon and $400 to Steven Walker for his Painting “Home and Away”

Jurists Jim Bowling from Otterbein University, Joe Lombardo from CCAD, and Michael McEwan from Capital University chose 60 paintings for the exhibit from the 170 plus entries. Judge for the show was Mary Gray from the Riffe Gallery of Columbus. Mary spent considerable time In going over the artwork and choosing the best of the best for the awards.

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