Winners chosen in annual Peach Festival art show

Published 5:47 pm Thursday, June 28, 2018

By J.R. Tidwell / Editor

Winners have been selected for both divisions in the 34th annual Roy Wood Peach Festival Art Show.

The contest is hosted by Peoples Southern Bank in Clanton.

“We had 21 entries in the adult division and seven in the youth division,” said Donny Finlayson, who is in charge of the event. “It went well. We bring in a judge from outside to choose the winners. It’s one person’s opinion. I thought we had a lot of nice work and a variety of work. Everything looked good.”

The paintings were put on display in the main lobby of the bank from June 21 through June 27.

A still life of various fruits and containers by Aiden Turner took first place in the junior division.

“This painting is filled with well-observed fruit and containers that are layered with textual surfaces alive with vibrant color and controlled brushwork,” said the judge of the show. “So many shapes, but the ‘keyhole vision’ of the composition is interesting and very satisfying.”

Charlotte Blencowe took second place in the junior division, while Luke Turner came in third. Blencowe received an honorable mention for a second submitted work.

A portrait painted by Haley Lively was the recipient of first place in the senior division.

“This is a beautiful full-length portrait of a beautiful child,” said the judge. “I have a high standard for portraits, and this one really works. Well-painted folds and good skin tones are evident, and the simplicity of the background shapes give the figure all its due glory. Really well presented.”

A work by Danny Foshee received second place in the senior division, while a painting by Melinda Maddox took third. A work by Charlotte Rowland received an honorable mention.

“It was a success,” Finlayson said. “We were happy people came by and looked at it. We hope to do it again next year. I’d like to thank Richard Moore at Peoples Southern Bank for hosting it.”

The winners of both divisions received a $100 prize, with smaller cash prizes for the other artists who had works place.

The contest is open to any interested artists in the area. The subject matter of the paintings may involve the peach industry or a subject of the artist’s choosing.

To be submitted, paintings must have been done within the last two years, have not been submitted to the show previously and must be original works. Artists may submit two works each year.