Area artists bring talents to the table for annual show 

Release Date: May 20, 2009    

PLAINVIEW – The Plains Art Association 48th Spring Celebration of Art Exhibition is now on view in the Abraham Art Gallery on the campus of Wayland Baptist University.

The Art Association show, a tradition in Plainview, is presented annually and funded in part by a grant from the Plainview Cultural Arts Council, Inc., and supported by the Plainview Chamber of Commerce, the Plainview Daily Herald and Wayland.

This year’s exhibit features 110 works of art in six media categories and artists from Texas, New Mexico, and as far away as Alaska, according to Dr. Candace Keller, curator of art for the Abraham Gallery and this year’s show chairman. The show will run through June 28, with an awards reception for artists and Plains Art Association Scholarship presentation that Sunday from 1-3 p.m. The reception will be open to the public.

Supporting donors for the show include local businesses and individuals who support the arts through cash donations, purchase awards and special memorial awards. The judge for this year’s exhibition, Jo Beth Gilliam, was selected by PAA president Cynthia Pinnell, and is a Lubbock native who teaches watercolor classes and workshops at the Garden and Arts Community Center in Lubbock. Gilliam works in a loose watercolor style, and her watercolors have been shown region wide.

Best of Show, the Faye Curry Memorial Award, is given by J.B. and Ramona Roberts, Randal, Sarah and Drury Roberts. “BSM Cross” by Tim Barnes of Tulia was selected for the Best of Show award this year. The Dr. Elden C. Nicholl Memorial Award is given by Lil H. Nicholl of Fayette, Mo., and was awarded to Diane Wright of Lamesa for “Rainstorm.” The Maylene Mickey Memorial Award for best use of color and light was given to Dyan Newton of Abernathy for “Hillside Village.” A new award this year, The Jean Green Memorial Award for non-professional artists was given to Danny Smith of Amarillo for “Twilight Moon.”

Awards given in the media categories are as follows:

In the Oil category, 1st Place went to Carolyn Warrick of Plainview, 2nd Place was Ginnie Seifert of Clovis, N.M., and 3rd Place went to Mary Tom Tooley of Plainview. Honorable Mention was given to works by Ginnie Seifert of Clovis, Marguerite Butler of Plainview and Carol Peterson of Lubbock.

In the Acrylics Category, 1st Place went to Carol Peterson of Lubbock, 2nd Place went to Candace Keller of Plainview, and 3rd Place went to Ray Freeman of Hale Center. Honorable Mentions in this category were given to works by Ray Freeman, Bettye Givens of Plainview, Carolyn Warrick of Plainview, and Joe Provence of Plainview.

In the Watercolor Category, 1st Place went to Betty Blevins of Lubbock, 2nd Place to Carol Peterson, and 3rd to Ruth Rector-Wright of Plainview. Honorable Mention was given to works by Ginnie Seifert, Marguerite Butler, and Carol Peterson.

In the Pastels and Graphics category, 1st Place went to Carol Peterson, 2nd Place to Ginnie Seifert, and 3rd Place to Marguerite Butler. Honorable Mention was given to works by Ginnie Seifert and Carol Peterson.

In the Photography Category, 1st Place went to Ashton Thornhill of Lubbock, 2nd Place went to Stan Blevins of Lubbock, and 3rd Place went to Connie Barnett of Lockney. Honorable Mentions were given to Connie Barnett, Lara Manley of Lubbock, and Matthew Callahan of Juneau, Alaska.

In the Other Media Category, 1st Place went to Pat Maines of Lubbock, 2nd Place to Cynthia Pinnell of Plainview, and 3rd Place was awarded to Lara Manley of Lubbock. Honorable Mention went to Cynthia Pinnell.

Purchase awards donors are area businesses and individuals who pledge varying amounts for the purchase of works from the show. The Purchase Award donors selected the following works: Dwain and Shirley Dodson selected “Spring Flowers” by Mary Tom Tooley; American State Bank selected “Seeking Cover” by Connie Barnett; Vista Bank selected “Wagon Wheel” by Connie Barnett; David Wright and Ruth Rector-Wright bought “Hillside Village” by Dyan Newton; Phillip and Cynthia Pinnell selected “Bee and Thistle” by Connie Barnett; F.L. and Mary Montandon selected “Orange and Yellow Arrangement” by Marguerite Butler; A.J. and Bettye Givens selected “Southwestern Dreams” by Ruth Wright; Marguerite Butler bought “Proud as a Peacock” by Pinnell; Donald Book/Edward Jones selected “Spider on Cotton Bloom” and “Cotton Boll and Bloom” by Richard Porter; the Dodson Agency selected “Milking Time” by Ginnie Seifert; Jack Morris Toyota selected “Classic” by Tim Barnes and “Study in Color” by Ethel Ramsower; and Barbara Strain, C.P.A. purchased “Birds of A Feather” by Cynthia Pinnell.

Supporting donors who contributed funds or gift certificates in support of this exhibition include Rex and Ethel Ramsower, Pinnell Drug and Pharmacy, BVVA Bank, Hale County State Bank, Neal and Donna Burnett, Happy State Bank, Dr. Ray Freeman, Ricky Davis – Uniques and Antiques, King’s Keepsakes and Framing, Kristi’s, and V’s Jewelers.

This year’s show committee members include Candace Keller, Show Chairman; Marguerite Butler and Cynthia Pinnell, Co-chairs; Carolyn Brain, Joe Provence, Dorothy Hilliard, Juana Cowart, Bula McGowan, Tim Barnes, David Mancilla, Machelle Gardner, Mary Montandon, Ruth Wright, June Busby, and Carolyn Warrick.

Abraham Art Gallery is located in the Mabee Learning Resource Center Atrium level, and is open Monday through Thursday from 10 to 5, Friday 10 to 4, and Saturday 2 to 5. The exhibit is open to the public and there is no charge.

Plains Art Association welcomes new membership, and meetings are held on the second Monday in September, and the first Monday, October through May, at 7 p.m. in the Unger Memorial Library, 825 Austin Street in Plainview.