Ronayne, Turner win top prizes in Roy Wood art contest

Published 1:45 pm Friday, June 23, 2023

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By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor

The 40th annual Roy Wood Peach Festival Art Show had some familiar artists in the top spots, and some new faces as well.

Over 30 artworks were entered between the junior and senior divisions, and designs ranged from landscapes to portraits. In the junior division, Luke Turner took home first and second place and $175. Turner’s first-place artwork was of a meadow in front of some mountains off in the distance. The second-place piece was a painting of the neon sign outside of B.B. King’s Blues Club and Restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee.

Everlie Harrison won $75 for third place and the honorable mention spot, first with her peach acrylic painting on wood that placed third. Harrison also used acrylic paint on the photo of a bird she painted that won the honorable mention spot. Harrison searched the internet for a fun photo of a bird and used it as inspiration for her painting.

“The art contest was really fun this year,” Harrison said.

No stranger to the art contest, Gloria Ronayne won first place in the senior division with her painting called “Angela’s Garden.” Ronayne has been living in Chilton County for seven years and has entered the contest each year. She used watercolors to create the garden landscape.

“My daughter sent me a picture of her backyard, and I just thought it was just really great,” Ronayne said. “I just love (the contest), and I love the competition. I like to win.”

Ronayne has placed in the top three each year she has done the art contest, and last year took home second and third place.

Donny Finlayson came in second place with a painting of MorLyn’s Fine Jewelry during Christmas time, and Debbie Littleton was third with a lake landscape painting. Tommy Crumpton entered a painting of a man working outside of his house, which earned him the honorable mention spot.

All of the artwork in the 2023 Roy Wood Peach Festival Art Show will be on display at River Bank & Trust at 620 Second Ave. N, Clanton until June 28.