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Peach Art Show announces winners

The winners of the 33rd Annual Roy Wood Peach Festival Art Show were officially named during a presentation on Thursday.

The presentation took place in the lobby of Peoples Southern Bank, where the artwork will continue to be displayed for the next week.

Thirty-three pieces of art were entered into this year’s show with the top three as well as an honorable mention selected from both the junior and senior divisions.

Aiden Turner won the junior division for the second straight year, while also taking home an honorable mention.

“I just really like to paint,” Turner said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

The judge’s comments credited Turner for nice marks of paint and was viewed as a very good work of art for any age group.

Charlotte Blencowe also earned multiple prizes as a junior with her artwork being named second and third place.

Danny Foshee was awarded the top prize in the senior division, while Martha Honeycutt finished second, Gloria Ruth Ronayne finished third and Randy Moates was an honorable mention.

Foshee painted an older model of a Mack truck and Turner, 12 years old, painted a scene similar to that found in historic New Orleans architecture where balconies line the buildings.

Old cars and trucks is what Foshee enjoys painting and he ran across an older model Mack truck for sale in Thorsby one day and took some pictures of it.

“It was just something that caught my eye,” Foshee said.

He has been taking part in the contest since 2005. He gets together about once a week for a painting class held at Senior Connection and instructed by Scarlett Teel.

It is the second time that he has gotten first place at the art show, after receiving it in 2007.

This time around, it was Foshee’s controlled color application that captured the attention of the judge and created a nice difused lighting effect. The comments stated that the artwork had been done by a confident and experienced painter.

According to Foshee, he puts a lot of time into his work and continues to search for things that capture the attention of others.

“I have a lot of people that tell me they enjoy my paintings, and that’s the best,” Foshee said. “I don’t try to sell them, because that’s pay enough if somebody enjoys looking at them.”