Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art

Wichita’s Corner earns
Chautauqua ‘Best of Show’

(Sept. 29, 2013) – Sean Corner says he “hasn’t worked a real job in 21 years.” But he has been busy working on a different level – making unique, one-of-a-kind clay sculptures featuring faces and people in all phases of development.

Chautauqua Winners

Photo by Don Ward

Madison Chautauqua Coordinator and Andrew Forrester of Mayor Damon Welch’s office (both on far left) on Sept. 29 presented the judge’s awards to (from left) Cathy Painter (First, Craft) Duly Mitchell (First, Fine Art), Sean Corner (Best of Show), Kaska Firor (Third, Craft), Sharon Milliner (Second, Craft), Jeri Landers (Third, Fine Art), Carsten Barchmann (Best Presentation), Carol Reesor (Second, Fine Art). At far right is Merry Fourhman of the Chautauqua Committee.

The Wichita, Kan., resident brought his 100-piece collection to the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art for the second consecutive year and this time was selected by the judges as “Best of Show.” Last year, he earned second place in the Craft division.
“It’s a great show, and it works into my travel schedule since I always do St. James Court Art Show (in Louisville) the following week,” said Corner, 41, who has participated the Louisville show for 12 years.
Corner joined a handful of artists who were honored with awards by the show judges, who made their selections from more than 200 juried exhibitors at the Madison, Ind. Show.
In addition to Corner, this year’s judges selected four other former winners: Kaska Firor of Cincinnati, Carol Reesor of Buffalo, Ky., Sharon Milliner of Mt. Washington, Ky., and Jeri Landers of Rutledge, Tenn.

Sean Corner

Photo by Don Ward

Sean Corner of Wichita, Kan., earned second place in the Craft division last year but returned this year to win “Best of Show” at the Madison Chautauqua for his clay sculptures.

Cathy Painter, a first-time Chautauqua exhibitor from Ashland, Ky., won First Place in Craft with her kaleidoscopes. Milliner, who placed third in the Craft division last year in only her second year at the show, took second place in Craft with her wearables. Third place in Craft went to Firor, who makes designer jewelry.
Duly Mitchell of Tucson, Ariz., in his third year at the show, earned First Place in Fine Art with his crystalline pottery. Reesor, who won the Fine Art division last year with her paintings, earned second place this year. Landers, a multiple winner at the show in past years, earned Third Place this year in Fine Art.
The duo of Carsten Barchmann and Fritz Wolff of Nicholasville, Ky., won Best Presentation with their Stone Fence Pottery booth display.
 This was their ninth year at the show.
The Chautauqua enjoyed a beautiful sunny Saturday and attracted a large crowd. Sunday’s crowd was smaller due to rain that moved in early in the day.
This year’s show was highlighted by the presence of three new artisan food exhibitors, who set up on Elm Street near the Lanier Mansion. The show also featured live musicians playing at the Lanier Mansion North Lawn Stage, plus others stationed throughout the exhibitor areas.


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