The second annual membership juried show was held recently by Garrett County Arts Council. Each GCAC member was invited to submit a photographic work for consideration in the Jim Lawrence Memorial Photography Show. Award winners were announced during the annual membership meeting on June 28th.
The work was judged by Dave Romero, professional photographer and instructor from Cumberland, MD. The photos were judged on composition, technical ability, and presentation. In addition to the judged awards, visitors to The Gallery Shop were asked to vote on their favorite photo for a People’s Choice award.
The Best of Show award winner was Linda Herdering with her photo on canvas paper entitled “Oreo”. Capturing animals in art is Herdering’s passion. She creates unique digital animal portraits, often combining photography and watercolor paints. Her winning entry was a photographic portrait of one of her sleddogs. She and her husband Mike operate Husky Power Dogsledding Tours in McHenry. Training and running her working Huskies in all light conditions has inspired her to revisit her extensive photography roots. She is exhibits and sells her work on a regular basis at The Gallery Shop.
First place was awarded to “Cove Run Morning”, by Michael Petersheim. Petersheim captured the early morning mist from one of Garrett County’s most scenic overlooks. Second place was won by Guy Hinebaugh. His photograph “Peonies in Vase” was created using a vintage camera typical of his nostalgic style. The third prize went to Caroline Blizzard for her photo of a Mexican flower peddler “Velle de Bravo”. An Honorable Mention award was given to Mike Reed for a photo of “Elakala Falls”. The People’s Choice award was presented to Rachel Geer for “Afternoon Run”. Winners received a plaque and monetary prize.
Each year, Garrett County Arts Council hosts a members-only judged show. Membership in the organization helps support all projects of the council including the promotion of local artists at The Gallery Shop, support of nearly 20 nonprofit organizations bringing art programs to the county, and on-going educational opportunities.
In addition to membership support, GCAC is funded by Garrett County government and a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to the cultivating of a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, college and universities for arts activities.
For more information, contact 301-334-6580 or visit www.garrettarts.com