Area artists shine in Plains Art Association's annual show

Release Date: May 21, 2008
PLAINVIEW – Lubbockite Carlos Jordan earned the largest blue ribbon after claiming Best of Show in the Plains Art Association’s 47th Spring Celebration of Art, on exhibit now through June 22 in the Abraham Art Gallery at Wayland Baptist University.

The show brings in entries from throughout the region and is judged by a single juror, according to this year’s show chairman, Dr. Candace Keller. Keller also serves as curator for the gallery and professor of art at Wayland.

Juror for the 2008 show was Katherine Oler, the founding executive director of the Louise H. Underwood Center for the Arts, instituting exhibit programs showcasing the work of more than 1,000 artists during her tenure. She founded First Friday Art Trail, Lubbock’s first monthly event focusing on the arts in downtown Lubbock. A practicing visual artist whose own work has won numerous awards and been exhibited widely, Oler was the first executive director of Lubbock Art Association.

Oler selected Jordan’s oil painting of a coffee shop worker titled “Expectant Mother” as Best in Show, also giving Jordan the nod in the oil category with a first place for “Tour Guide” depicting an older cowgirl. Winners in other major categories included “Crush” by Bettye Givens of Plainview, first in acrylics; “West of Austin” by Russell Brown of Canyon, first in watermedia; “Mystery Train” by Cujo (Patrick Jernigan) of Plainview, first in pastels/graphics; and “Dead Vette” by Cujo, first in photography.

The Best in Show Award – also called the Faye Curry Memorial Award, given by J.B. and Ramona Roberts and family – and first place awards carry a cash prize, as does the Dr. Elden C. Nicholl Memorial Award, given by the Lil Nicholl family. Carol Peterson of Lubbock received the Nicholl Award for “Looking.”

Other places awarded by category included:

Oil: “Rose with Melon” by Jean Green of Olton, second; “Mountain Hideaway” by Ethel Ramsower of Plainview, third; and honorable mentions to “Copper Pot with Pomegranates” by Green; “Drum and Basket” by Pat Weekly of Clovis, N.M.; “Green and Blue Vista” by Ethel Ramsower of Plainview; “Shelf of Plenty” by Weekly; “Window Flowers” by Green; “Cimarron River” by Mary Tom Tooley of Plainview; “Escape” by Myra Applewhite of Plainview; and “Sisters” by Jordan.

Acrylic: “Saving Peter” by Kevin Costley of Pampa, second; “Searching for Caesar” by Cujo, third; honorable mentions to “Teapot” by Givens and “Playing for Keeps” by Costley.

Watermedia: “Moon Flower” by Carol Peterson of Lubbock, second; “Autumn Gold” by Russell Brown, third; honorable mentions to “Larry, Curly and Mo” by Peterson, “Storm Over Galveston” by Marguerite Butler of Plainview, and “Hopeful Hearts” by Givens.

Pastels/Graphics: “Hollyhocks” by Butler, second; “Frida” by Sherrie Wells of Plainview, third; honorable mentions to “Panama Red” by Ginnie Seifert of Clovis, N.M., and “Antique By Moonlight” by Costley and “Circumit ad Idem” by Cujo, and “Plains Landmark” by Butler.

Photography: “Sol Verde” by Chris Hanoch of Plainview, second; and “Burgandy” by Hanoch, third; honorable mentions to “Stained” by Hanoch, “Beard the Lion” by Hanoch, “Ford Face” by Stan Blevins of Lubbock

Other art forms: Honorable Mention to “Texas Landscape” by Cynthia Pinnell of Plainview.

The show also features several purchase awards provided by local businesses and art supporters. Those include “Copper Pot with Pomegranates,” and “The Roseville Jar” by Jean Green, purchased by Mary Montandon; “Olive Jar with Peaches,” “Roses” and “Roses for M’Lady” all by Green, purchased by Dwain & Shirley Dodson; “Sunday Stroll” by Green, purchased by the Dodson Agency; “Mountain Lake” by Ginnie Siefert, purchased by Security Bank; “Dead Horse Point” by Richard Porter of Plainview, purchased by American State Bank; “Supper on the Prairie” by Ruth Rector-Wright of Plainview and “Tall Basket, Vase and Money Plant” by Pat Weekly, purchased by Phillip and Cynthia Pinnell; “Storm Over Galveston” by Marguerite Butler, purchased by Drs. David and Ruth Wright; “Bee Box” and “Imagination” by Cynthia Pinnell, purchased by Marguerite Butler; “Harvest” by Green, purchased by Barbara Strain; “Window Flowers” by Green, purchased by Jack Morris Ford; “Retired” by Green, purchased by Wells Fargo Bank; “Ford Face” by Stan Blevins and “The Early Bird” by Butler, purchased by Edward Jones; and “Green and Blue Vista” by Ethel Ramsower and “Burgandy” by Chris Hanoch, purchased by A.J. and Bettye Givens.

A reception for the artists will be held Sunday, June 22 from 2-4 p.m. in the gallery. At that time, the Plains Art Association will present its annual scholarship to an art major. The public is invited to attend the reception.

The show can be viewed during regular hours of the gallery, located in the lower level of the Mabee Learning Resources Center: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 2-5 p.m.