Regional Art Show

Seaver of Aurora, Ind., wins
Madison Art Club's 'Best of Show'

Her pencil drawing titled 'Wild Thing'
caught the judge's eye

(September 2021) – This year’s 23rd annual Madison (Ind.) Art Club’s Regional Art Show featured artists ranging in age from their teens to a nonagenarian (90-year-old). Forty-eight regional artists submitted 92 pieces ranging from watercolor to sculpture to a Turkish Ebru, also known as paper marbling.
Pam Newell of Fishers, Ind., a well -respected artist in her own right, judged the entries. Her artwork has been featured on HGTV, and she is an Indiana Artisan, a distinction given to those artists deemed best in the state.
Her artwork is known internationally, and she has won awards across the nation. The judging was performed by blind pick, and all entrants’ names were obscured. Artists from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois were invited to participate, and each were able to submit multiple pieces.

Ann Seaver

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Ann Seaver poses with her winning colored pencil drawing.

Winners were announced at a reception on Aug. 21. This year’s top winners included Best of Show, with Ann Seaver of Aurora, Ind., winning with a colored pencil drawing titled, “Wild Thing.” Her entry, submitted in the floral category, included a variety of greenery. According to Newell, “This artist’s ability to execute the various shades of green was a masterful skill of color use. She took a mundane subject and turned it in to something exquisite.”
Reserve Best of Show went to Rebecca Davies, with her acrylic portrait, “Lily.” Newell said of it, “I love the impish character this painting captured. It was loaded with personality.”
The Award of Distinction was presented to Benjamin Nay III for his watercolor, “The Calf.”  “The playful, skillful manner the watercolor medium was used in this painting made this one stand out,” Newell said. “It was subtle at first and so loose, yet it pulled everything together. It was the Haiku of painting.”
The individual categories included 3D, Abstract, Animals, Florals, Landscape, Portraits, Still Life and Wild Card, for those entries that do not fit in any of the above divisions. Debi Black, Madison Art Club president, said the categories change each year. The top awards are as follows: Best of Show, Reserve Best of Show, and the Award of Distinction, sponsored by Duke Energy.
There is also a Mayor’s Award, selected by Madison Mayor Bob Courtney, and a People’s Choice Award. Anyone can participate in the selection. Just stop by the Art on Main gallery at 309 W. Main St. from now until Sept. 10 and pick your favorite.
The Mayor’s Choice award was given to Lou Knoble, for his entry titled, “Horse Race.” Puzzled as to which one to select, Courtney was advised to “pick one that speaks to me.” He said, “I love sports-themed paintings, and finding out it was a Lou Knoble painting was extra special, so I bought it, too.”
Winners also receive a monetary compensation along with winning a category distinction. Those are $1,000, $500, $250 and $100, respectively.

Top winners in the individual categories include:
Best of Show: Ann Seaver with “Wild Thing,” colored pencil; Reserve Best of Show: Rebecca Davies with “Lily,” acrylic; Award of Distinction: Benjamin Nay III with  “The Calf,” watercolor; Mayor’s Award: Lou Knoble with “Horse Race,” abstract oil.
Other artists recognized at the event:
3-D: 1. Sam Sloffer with "Spiral Walnut/Aspen Vase," wood-turned vase; 2. Regina Martin with “Gracious Mother,” mixed media collage; 3. Chuck Ehrsam with “Lithic Balance,” mixed found objects.
Abstract: 1. Debi Black with “Twists and Turns of Life,” acrylic; 2. Terri Le Saint-Keller with “School’s Out,” mixed media-acrylic/watercolor; 3. Heather Tackitt with “Wallpaper,” oil.
Animals: 1. Benjamin Nay III with “The Calf,” watercolor; 2. Ashley Addison with “Three Spoonbills,” oil; 3. Linda Balon with “Pelican,” photography.
Floral: 1. Ann Seaver with “Wild Thing,” colored pencil; 2. Carole Williams with “Spring Flowers,” Turkish Ebru; 3. Barbara Tompary with “Lavender Nectar,” watercolor.
Landscape: 1. J. Rodney Reveal with “Abandoned,” watercolor; 2. Stan Olexiewicz, “Red’s Barn,” acrylic; 3. Jodie Cole-Mulle with “Morning Dreams,” pastel.
Portrait: 1. Rebecca Davies with “Lily,” acrylic; 2. Tom Brown with "Contemplating My Portrait," watercolor and mixed media; 3. Tom Brown with "Woman in Red Dress," woodcut and watercolor.
Still Life: 1. Linda Shoults with "Tang Horse," oil; 2. Debi Black with “Resting Place,” acrylic; 3. Debbie Fisher with "Afternoon Shirshasana," acrylic.
Wildcard: 1. Alann J. Boatright, “The Greatest,” mixed media oils; 2. Nikki Underwood with “The Greatest S#!% Show on Earth," mixed media collage; 3. Thom Maltbie with “Melissa’s Wall,” wood, clay, bamboo, paper, graphite.
Division awards are $100, $75, and $50 in that order.
Honorable Mention: 1. Ann Seaver with "Belle of Cincinnati," colored pencil; 2. Jodie Cole-Mulle with “Spring Flood,” pastel; 3. Trish Korte with "Discarding Expectations,” ceramic sculpture; 4. Linda Balon with “Pier in Fog,” photograph; 5. Thom Maltbie with “Untitled,” clay, wood, bamboo, encaustic; 6. Frosty Rankin with “Back in the Saddle Again,” acrylic; 7. Cindy Crofoot with "Serenading," oil.

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