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Galveston Art League exhibits prize-winning works

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Leroy LeFlore was awarded Best of Show for “The Seawall” in the Galveston Art League’s Spring Juried Show. The oil painting is on exhibit at the league’s gallery, 2117A Postoffice St., from noon-6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 30.
The Works on Paper category, Santa Fe artist Gay Paratore won the top honor for “Fisherman’s Friend” in the Galveston Art League’s recent competition. Her watercolor will be displayed in the league’s gallery, 2117A Postoffice St., from  Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through May 30.

From now until May 30, Galveston Art League is exhibiting 105 artworks that were accepted into its Spring Juried Show. Most of the pieces for sale in the Art League’s gallery at 2117A Postoffice St. in Galveston; hours are 12:00pm to 6:00pm Fridays-Sundays and 24/7 on www.GalvestonArtLeague.com.

Galveston artist Leroy LeFlore won Best of Show for “The Seawall.” His oil painting was entered in the category Works on Canvas or Panel. First place in that category went to “Waiting on High Tide” by Kathy Hammond. Second was Peggy Kingsbury for “Venice Flowers.” Honorable mentions in the category: Jerry Bachman, “Eye of the Beholder”; Kyungsoon Chung, “Reddish Egret”; Annika Farmer, for two pieces: “I Spy Rum and Coke” and “Freckles”; Don Henderson, “2035, Imaging Zero Fossil Fuels”; and Peggy Kingsbury, “Serving.”

In the Works on Paper category, Santa Fe artist Gay Paratore won first for “Fisherman’s Friend,” and second was Annika Farmer’s “Boris in Paradise.” Honorable mentions went to Joyce Buffalo, “Springtime in France”; Fontaine Jacobs, “Natura”; Karen Lehr, for two pieces: “Galveston Evening Glow” and “I Love the Beach”; and Mardi Mitchell, “Yellow Rose.”

In the debut of the Galveston Art League’s Digital Art category, first place went to Rebecah Thompson for “Fish Toast!” Second was awarded to Gayle Pendergrass for “Shattered.” Thompson also received an honorable mention for “I’ve Got my Eye on You.”

Awards were as follows among traditional Photography entries: first, Larry Parks, “Carousel”; second, Leah Garcia-Blanco, “Breakfast”; and honorable mentions to Julie Chapa, “Pleasure Pier Beach”; Peter Bowman, “I’m Working for You”; Lynne Hughes, for two pieces: “Classic Portrait” and “Perfect Pelican”; Leah Garcia-Blanco, “Dancing”; David Mortenson, “A River Runs Through It No. 1.” 

In the category Mixed Media, Wall-Hung, Jackie Liddell’s “Renewal” took first, and Anita McCormick’s “Life Cycle” was awarded second place. Honorable mentions were Ruby E. Allen’s “Invitation to the World” and Lois Morton “Color Blind.”

Frank Eader was awarded first place for his “Segmented Turned Bowl” in the 3-D art category. Eric Moorehead received second for “Opened Up.” Honorable mentions went to Nancy House for “Garden Flower” and to Jennifer De Ranieri for “HEART-ly Considered Heart.”

The top award winners receive cash prizes: Best of Show, $300; first place in category, $100; and second, $50. 

The judge for this contest was Jan Harrell (www.janharrell.com), a metalsmith, enamellist and educator who has taught at the Glassell School of Art in Houston for nearly 30 years. Harrell also teaches workshops in various states and participates in invitational and juried exhibitions. She earned a bachelor of fine arts from Texas Tech University and her master of fine arts degree in sculpture from the University of Houston.

The Spring Juried Show is one of the three juried contests held annually by the Galveston Art League. The Art League, a nonprofit organization founded in 1914, is operated solely by volunteers (no staff member has ever received a salary), and its purpose is to promote appreciation for visual arts, art education and regional artists. The Art League will hold its final 2021 juried competition in September. All of the league’s juried competitions are open to any artist older than 15; membership in Galveston Art League is not required.

The Art League invites non-artists as well as artists to join at varied membership levels. Members receive discounts to participate in the league’s monthly exhibits, and members also are invited to exclusive preview parties when the new exhibits debut in the gallery. 

For information about becoming a member or to learn more about the Art League, visit www.GalvestonArtLeague.com or email gallery2117@gmail.com. A schedule of league activities, including low-cost workshops that will return this summer after a pandemic hiatus, will be listed on the website – so check back in late May. These workshops are open to the public.

The website also has information about and ticket sales for the league’s fundraiser gala from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Sunday, May 23, at the Garten Verein in Galveston.  

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