Art show on exhibit

PLAINVIEW -- The Plains Art Association 42nd annual Spring Juried Art Show is now on view in the Abraham Art Gallery on the campus of Wayland Baptist University. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Lawanda Murfee, a landscape and figurative painter from Lubbock, Texas served as the juror for the exhibition. Murfee studied at Lindenwood College, Texas Tech University, the Art Student's League of New York, the Hensche Cape Cod School of Painting, the Robert Wood school of Painting, and the National Portrait Seminars of New York and Georgia. Her works have been widely exhibited, both regionally and nationally, and she is the recipient of numerous awards for her painting.

The Art Association show is open to all artists whose original work has been completed within the last two years, and Murfee selected this year's award winners in six media categories. This year, the Best of Show award went to Candace Keller of Plainview, for an acrylic painting titled "Huntington Pond." In the oil category, first place went to Jill Warren for "Summer in France," second place to Irene Meyers of Lubbock for "Swan Cove," and third place to Mary Moudy of Happy, for "Tennessee Heirlooms." Honorable Mention in the oil category was given to Mary Tom Tooley of Plainview, for "Welcome to my Garden" and to Jean Green of Olton for "Old Crock and Pomegranates."

In the acrylic Category, first place went to Candace Keller for "Huntington Pond," second place went to Candace Keller for "Ready to Serve," and third place went to Alex Gregory of Guymon, Okla. for "Rider in the Valley."

In the watermedia category, first place went to Shelley Bates of Lubbock for "Floating Leaves," second place went to Ginnie Slesick of Amarillo for "Palo Duro," and third place went to Shelley Bates for "White Vase." Honorable mention in the watermedia category went to Alex Gregory for "Winter Scene."

In the pastels, drawings and graphics category, first place went to Ginnie Slesick for "Pair of Pears," Katherine Stephens of Tulia, took second place for "Coyote" and third place for "Scratchboard." Honorable mention in this category went to Lil Nicholl of Plainview for "Maiden Quinceniera."

In the photography category, Bill Weaks of Plainview won first place for "Winter Mystique," and second for "Rodeo."

In the other art forms category (which includes sculpture, fiber, collage and pottery) first place went to Nichole Mosley of Lockney for "Illumination," second place went to Alex Gregory for "Raku Pitcher," and third pace went to Claude Blair of Lubbock for "Shavano." Honorable mention in this category went to Candace Keller for "Sunflower Cross."

The Forrest and Jack Mickey Memorial Award for "Best Concept of Color and Light" given by Maylene Mickey, went to Candace Keller for "Ready to Serve." The Scottie Morris Memorial Award given by Jack Morris Ford Agency, went to Alex Gregory for "Rider in the Valley." The Jack Skaggs Memorial Award, given by John and Mike Skaggs, went to Katherine Stephens for "Kindergarten Parade." The award for "Best Figurative Concept" went to Carrie Perkins of Plainview.

Local Businesses and individuals who provided Purchase Awards for the Show selected the following works.

Wells Fargo Bank, Texas N.A. purchased "Morning Sentinel" by Jean Green. Dwain and Shirley Dodson of Plainview, selected "Old Crock and Pomegranates" by Jean Green. Bob and Marguerite Butler of Plainview Selected "Lifeform" by Mark Hilliard of Plainview. American State Bank of Plainview purchased "Work" by Bill Northcut of Abernathy. Dr. Elden and Lil Nicholl of Plainview purchased "Lifescape" by Mark Hilliard. Lanny Voss, Attorney at Law, of Plainview selected "Coyote" by Katherine Stephens. Barbara Strain, C.P.A. purchased "Grapes" by Alex Gregory of Guymon, Okla. and Dwain Dodson of the Dodson Agency purchased "Scratch" by Ketherine Stephens of Tulia.

There will be a reception for artists and patrons in the Gallery on Friday, June 27th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and the public is welcome.