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Americus artist wins top honor at regional show

The Southwest Georgia Regional Annual Fine Art Show’s painting by Helena Meek titled “Turkey Season” won first place.

The Southwest Georgia Regional Annual Fine Art Show’s painting by Helena Meek titled “Turkey Season” won first place.

ALBANY — “Reminiscence No. 1,” a glass work entered in the sculpture category, was judged Best in Show at the 14th annual Southwest Georgia Regional Fine Art Exhibit & Sale, which is now on display at the Thronateeska Heritage Center’s science museum.

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The 2013 Southwest Georgia Regional Annual Fine Art Show’s first place sculpture was by Kendall Jackson titled “Reminiscence 2.”

In all, 13 works by a dozen artists were recognized in the juried show. The awards, which included combined prize money of more than $2,000, were announced Thursday evening at the opening reception of the exhibit at 100 Roosevelt Ave. The show is conducted each year by the Albany Area Arts Council.

In addition to Best in Show, Jackson won first place in the sculpture category with his glass piece “Reminiscence No. 2.” Also placing in sculpture were Cheryl Angela, of Albany, who received second place for “Flapjack,” a work in concrete; Julia Davis, of Albany, who placed third with “Delta,” made from mahogany, and Walter Hobbs, of Valdosta, who was awarded honorable mention for his clay piece “Meter Maid.”

In the photography division, first place was awarded to Bobby Gilbert, of Blakely, for his photo “Floating Clover.”

Jen Maloney, of Albany, won second place in photography for “First Cradle,” and Buck Taylor, of Fort Gaines, placed third with “Foggy Morning Stretch.” Honorable mention was awarded to Meg Anderson, of Parrott, for her photo “Time & The Tides ...”

In painting, Helena Meek, of Buena Vista, was judged best in the field for her mixed media piece “A Quiet Moment.” Second place went to Justin Hodges, of Leesburg, for “Lines,” also in mixed media.Henrietta Ladson’s mixed media piece “A Quiet Moment” won third, while Mike Zoellick’s “Papa’s Hat” in oil earned honorable mention.

In all, there are 125 pieces created by 66 artists on exhibit in the show, which continues through June 29 at the science museum. The show hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays.

Judges for the competition were Jane Simpson, a professional painter and the art director of the Colquitt County Arts Center in Moultrie, in painting; Todd Stone, a former photo journalist and long-time Albany area commercial photographer, in photography, and Devan Cole, a glass-blowing artist and instructor at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, in sculpture.

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The Southwest Georgia Regional Annual Fine Art Show’s painting by Helena Meek titled “Turkey Season” won first place.