Aug 14, 2017
The American Plains Artists 32nd Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale opened on Aug. 3, to a very large crowd at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, NM, where the exhibit and sale will continue through November 5, 2017.
Realistic and representational artworks of the American Great Plains are on exhibit by sixty-one APA members from across the U.S.A. and Canada. Awards Juror Alfredo Rodriguez of Corona, CA, awarded the following: BEST OF SHOW: “Puppy Training" by C. Parenteau, Caledonia, Ontario, Canada ; 1st PLACE AWARD: “The Fitting” by William Schneider, Village of Lakewood, IL; 2nd PLACE AWARD: “Comes in Swingin’” by Don Weller, Oakley, UT; and 3rd PLACE AWARD: “The Book Worms” by David Dorsey, Valentine, NE.
Other awards sponsored by the APA included: CLYDE HERON AWARD: “Dancing With Spirit” by Cliff Barnes, Burbank CA; BEST PLAINS PEOPLE: "Cheyenne Sentinel" by Andrew Knez, Jr, McMurray, PA; BEST PLAINS CHURCH: " Thanks Lord—Good Rain, Green Grass, Great Horse" by Jack Moss, Llano, TX; NEW MEXICO AWARD: "Tribal Heritage" by Jay Hester Boerne, TX; GOLDEN SPUR AWARD (APA Members Choice): "The Rug Trader" by Mejo Okon, Albuquerque, NM; and the ARROWHEAD AWARD (Hosting Facility's Choice): "Heavy Weather" by Barron Postmus, West Hills, CA. The Plainsman (People’s Choice) Award will be announced at the end of the show.
PUBLISHER’S AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE were awarded to “Casting Shadows” by Mary Lambeth, Midland, TX--Fine Art Connoisseur, B. Eric Rhoads, Publisher; “Long Shot” by Don Weller, Oakley, UT--Art of the West, Allan Duerr and Tom Tierney, Co-Publishers; "Walls That Talk" by Judy Osburn, Norman, OK--Western Art Collector, "Artist Focus Award", Vincent W. Miller, Publisher; and to "The Procession" by Barbara Summers Edwards, Smithfield, UT--Western Art & Architecture, Jared Swanson, Publisher.
Other awards included ARTIST’S RETREAT AWARD: "Egg Gathers" by Yvonne Evans, Norman, OK-- given by Our Heritage Guest Ranch, Jean Norman, Owner, Crawford, NE; two SCULPTURE SUPPLIES AWARDS: "River Dancers" by Jammey Huggins, Seminole, TX, and "Scratchin’ Where It Itches" by Patsy E. Lane, Konawa, OK-- given by Sculpture Depot, Karen Richardson, Owner, Loveland, CO; two CANVAS PANELS AWARDS: "A Good Trade" by Pam Bunch, Del Rio, TX and "Montana Solitary" by Gary Byrd, Sandia Park, NM-- given by SourceTek, JoAnne Pierce, Owner, Scottsdale, AZ; and FINE PRINT AWARD: "The Boss" by Judy Osburn, Norman, OK --given by Fine Print Imaging, Fort Collins, CO.
Gift Subscription Awards of Excellence were awarded to "Sunset Story Time" by Matt Atkinson, Colorado Springs, CO; "Heavy Weather" by Barron Postmus, West Hills, CA; "Handle With Care" by Eileen Nistler, Upton, WY; "After Morning Chores" by Fritzi Heron, Odessa, TX; “Keeping Watch” by Maryann Bodnar Bartman, Merrillville, IN; “Churning” by Dana Cook Lombardo, Guthrie, OK; “Star Power” by Phyllis Waltman, Canon City, Co; “Welcome Water” by Glen Edwards, Smithfield, UT; “Afternoon Ride” by Paul Walsh, Raff, OK; and "You Go Girl" by Carlene Wallace, Tulsa, OK-- given by Western Art & Architecture, Jared Swanson, Publisher.
The public is encouraged to view the APA exhibit at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, NM, or on www.americanplainsartists.com.