2014 Peach Festival Art Show winners recognizedBy Emily Beckett Published 6:05pm Thursday, June 19, 2014
Winners of the 2014 Roy Wood Peach Festival Art Show were recognized at Peoples Southern Bank on Thursday.
Eight of nearly 50 participants this year received awards in the show’s Junior and Senior divisions.
Richard Mills, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Auburn University Montgomery, served as judge for the second straight year.
“I am pleased to be invited back to Clanton to be juror of this exhibition,” Mills wrote in his notes on the winners’ pieces. “The exhibition has many worthy artworks and, as usual, I was conflicted about order of awards and work that was executed well enough, but not quite award caliber.”
In the Junior Division, Lindsey Wood placed first with her oil painting titled “Southern Snow.”
“The combination of figures and landscape are integrated beautifully with the consistently thick paint application,” Mills said of Wood’s painting. “Skillfully painted and though difficult with thick paint, facial features are rendered and observed quite well.”
Aiden Turner placed second with his acrylic on canvas painting titled “Granny Shirley’s Dixieland Delight.”
Rachel Mims came in third place with her graphite work titled “Ice Castle.”
Kyle Winton received honorable mention for his marker on paper work titled “Burning Forest.”
In the Senior Division, Megan Liveoak claimed first place with her colored pencil work titled “Because Onions Aren’t a Dessert.”
“This sensitive, lyrical, absolutely beautiful drawing is spectacular,” Mills wrote. “The color is never forced; it is subtle and drawn with consummate skill and intelligence. It pulls you in and will not let you go.”
Scarlett Teel came in second place with her watercolor titled “Peeling Peaches.”
Tommy Crumpton came in third place with his acrylic titled “Living on the River.”
Danny Foshee received honorable mention for his acrylic titled “Linda’s House.”
As first-place winners, Wood and Liveoak each received $100.
Turner and Teel received $75 each for second place; Mims and Crumpton received $50 each for third; and Winton and Foshee received $25 each for honorable mention.
Turner, 9, said it was his first year to enter work in the show.
His art teacher, Dell Geeslin, encouraged him to participate.
Turner said he felt “good” to find out he won an award.
“I’m very proud,” his mother, Myranda Turner, said Thursday. “He didn’t expect to win.”
Myranda said Aiden’s grandmother would get to keep his painting based on a promise they made to her before the show.
“When she saw it, she wanted it, so we promised her she could have it after the show,” Myranda said. “We didn’t know it would be a ribbon winner when we promised. She called all her friends last night.”
Organizers said the show is in its 30th year.
“I’ve done all of them, and I can’t remember one that I’ve missed,” Teel said.
The show is named after the late Roy Wood, an artist and longtime Peoples Southern Bank employee.
It was held in the lobby of the Chilton County High School auditorium the first year, but Wood sought permission to move it to the bank, which also started providing cash prizes for the winners.
“It meant a lot to him, and Roy meant a lot to us, so we wanted to keep it going for him,” Peoples Southern Bank owner Richard Moore said of the show. “We appreciate everyone who participated in the show. We want to congratulate the winners, and we want to congratulate the exhibitors. We very much enjoy doing this.”
Teel said the bank has been “wonderful” to sponsor the show, giving residents of all ages an opportunity to display their artwork in a public setting each year.
“I think it’s good to connect it to the Peach Festival, and it’s good for the children, especially,” Teel said.