Art show winners recognized

Published 5:00 pm Thursday, June 23, 2011

Senior division, first place Carolyn Cumbie, second place Shanda Ferguson, third place Danny Foshee, and honorable mention Martha Honeycutt.

Paintings of all shapes and sizes — and of course colors — are on display in the lobby of Peoples Southern Bank through the middle of next week.

Entries in the annual Roy Wood Peach Festival Art Show, including the winners, will remain in the lobby through Wednesday, June 29.

Now in its 27th year, the art show is named after the late Roy Wood, a longtime bank employee, avid painter and co-founder of the show.

“This art show means a lot to us,” said Richard Moore, bank president. “This was important to Roy and is to us.”

Winners were honored Thursday morning during a reception at the bank on Second Avenue North. First place, second place, third place and honorable mention awards were given in two categories: a junior division for those under 18 and a senior division for all other artists.

First place winners received $100, second place $75, third place $50 and honorable mention $25.

Junior division, third place Michayla Jeremiah, first place and honorable mention Tilby Miller, and second place Rachel Mims.

Tilby Miller, a student at Clanton Middle School and daughter of Clint and Shannon Miller, won the junior division. She also won honorable mention in the category, which is rare considering artists are kept anonymous to the judges and can only submit two entries.

The judge had this to say of Miller’s first-place entry: “I really like the confident marks of oil paint. Color is selected with a sense of careful observation and applied with grace and care. For a young artist, this work is very mature.”

Rachel Mims, a Clanton Middle School student and daughter of Regina and Jimmy Mims, won second place. Michayla Jeremiah, a student at Clanton Elementary and daughter of Michael and Michelle Jeremiah, won third place.

Carolyn Cumbie won the senior division, of which the judge had this to say: “Commanding size and scale make this a dynamic painting. The sense of being surrounded by the beautifully painted leaves is inviting and expertly conceived. This work is stunningly beautiful.”

Other ribbon winners in the senior division were Shanda Ferguson, second place; Danny Foshee, third place; and Martha Honeycutt, honorable mention.