Oil portrait wins Sr. Divison of art show

Published 3:20 pm Wednesday, June 20, 2012

From left, Charlotte Rowland's entry won Honorable Mention in the Roy Wood Peach Festival Art Show, Peggy Smith won second place and third place; and Haley Lively won first place.

Like any good Chilton County native, Haley Lively is a fan of the annual Peach Festival. She would love to be involved with the pageants.

Alas, both of Lively’s children are boys. But she still found a way to share in the Peach festivities.

Lively was announced Wednesday as the Senior Division winner in the Roy Wood Peach Festival Art Show. Her winning piece was an oil portrait of her youngest son, Dax Davis Lively.

“I love the Peach Queen stuff, so this is as close as I can get to that,” Haley Lively joked.

Rachel Mims, 14, won the Junior Division with her painting of a young girl with a horse. Mims was out of town and thus not present at Wednesday’s ceremony at Peoples Southern Bank.

Judge Charlotte Blackmon noted that Mims’ piece conveyed the “emotional connection” between the child and animal.

Dylan Weaver won Honorable Mention in the Junior Division, Callie Childress won third place and Madison Easterling won second place. First-place winner Rachel Mims was not present.

Blackmon, of Chilton County, taught English at the University of Montevallo for 20 years. She then worked to support art programs at Oak Mountain and other schools.

“My interest in art was art as education and in the educational framework,” Blackmon said. “I’ve used it an awful lot.”