The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 1, 2013

Winners of West Virginia Juried Exhibit announced

Show features 53 pieces of art from state

MARTINSBURG — Artists from Sutton, Barboursville and Wheeling won the top prizes in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s 18th West Virginia Juried Exhibition, which opened Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Dunn Building in Martinsburg.

The exhibit featuring 53 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, mixed media and crafts created by 46 West Virginia artists is co-sponsored by the Berkeley County Council. The public is invited to view the exhibit from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Feb. 21.

Ten pieces in the exhibit will be purchased and become part of the West Virginia State Museum’s permanent collection. Jurors Julie Peppito of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Samantha Wall of Portland, Ore., selected Sutton resident Tiera Floyd’s “Suzy,” Barboursville resident Vernon F. Howell’s “WV at 150” and Wheeling resident Robert Villamagna’s “Mounds-ville Prison Break, 1949” as this year’s $5,000 Governor’s Award winners. “Suzy” also received the D. Gene Jordon Memorial Award, which is named for a former chairman of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts who died in 1989.

Artists receiving $2,000 Awards of Excellence include Jeff Diehl of Meadow Bridge for “Large Vessel,” Joseph Elbert of Leon for “Derecho 1,” Floyd for “Johnny,” Sharon Harms of Charleston for “A Tiger Convergence,” Barrie Kaufman of Charleston for “A Thin Blade,” Brian Reed of Ivydale for “Pillars of Fire” and Andrew Thorne of Buckhannon for “Appalachian Heritage.”

An additional eight Merit Awards of $500 were made that are not purchase awards and do not become part of the museum’s collections. They are Karen Ensor Brown of Buckhannon for “Peggy’s Iris,” Kristen Colebank of Wardensville for “Mumbles and Squeaks,” Diehl for “Lunar Lilies,” Charly Jupiter Hamilton of Charleston for “Easter Parade, Glenwood Avenue, West Side, Charleston, WV,” Howell for “Surveying the Aftermath,” Stephen Lawson of Morgantown for “Opening Up the Bucy #2 Mine Extension,” Brian Reed of Ivydale for “Desert Lotus,” and Pat Roberts of Charleston for “Typical Hillside Tipple (New River Gorge).”

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