Barbara Nelson

Barbara Nelson, with her work that won “Best of Show.”

It was a wonderful turn out at Chisholm Trail Arts Council’s 2nd Annual Holiday Art Show and Sale on November 21st.  It was estimated that approximately 150+ people attended this come and go event that highlighted the amazing talents of not only local artists, but several artists from across Oklahoma – including one artist from Texas.

Judging this year’s show was Jacquelyn Knapp, a professor of art at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha.  When asked about her experience judging this year’s show, Knapp stated, “Judging artwork can be difficult to say the least, but this exhibit, with its high quality of work, was one of my favorites to judge. The better the quality of work, the tougher the job, the more fun I have in studying art for the selection of awards and I very much appreciate the opportunity to view and adjudicate this exhibition.”

Best of Show went to Duncan’s Barbara Nelson with a watercolor piece titled “The Piano Player”.  Nelson also won $400 for Best of Show.  Other winning artists included in the Fine Art Category: Larry Harris’ “Messenger of Prayer” (1st Place), an untitled charcoal by Eve Cornejo (2nd), Jesse J. Bell’s “Sycamore Tree” (3rd) and Pat Holloway Dixon’s “White Iris” (honorable mention.  In the Photography category, Martha Burger’s “Can’t Stop the Rain” (1st Place), Sabrina Donaldson’s “Isaiah 1:18” (2nd), Debbie Duggar’s “Luna Moth” (3rd) and Robin Emerson’s “Dog & Cat” (honorable mention).  And in the Three Dimensional category, Mark Fuller, Midwest City, placed first with his pottery piece “Pig Pot with Rope Handle”, Sherri Johnson’s “Lone Desert Highway” jewelry (2nd), Robert Taylor’s wooden motorcycle “My Escape” (3rd) and Ben Herrington’s “Feet of Clay”(honorable mention. 

Darcy Reeves, Executive Director, is excited to announce a People’s Choice Award this year.  “We are providing a People’s Choice Award - $1 per vote, with all proceeds going back to the gallery.  The winner of the People’s Choice will be announced on Dec 12th.  It is a wonderful way to come out and support your favorite artist!” 

This exhibit will be up until December 18th.  To see the gallery and get more information, please call the gallery at 580-252-4160. 

CTAC will be hosting this year’s event in their gallery at 810 W. Walnut.  Artists who are interested can chose from three different categories to enter in: Fine Art, Photography, and

Chisholm Trail Arts Council is a nonprofit organization with a mission of “Promoting and Inspiring the Arts in Southwest Oklahoma”. CTAC receives support through Oklahoma Arts Council, McCasland Foundation as well support from businesses and memberships.

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