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VanderWier awarded Best of Show at art festival

• Feb 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Muskegon’s Chip VanderWier, an art instructor at Muskegon Community College, was awarded Best of Show for his porcelain, wood and steel sculpture, titled “Mare Nostrum” at the 19th annual Juried Winter Arts Festival, hosted by The Gallery Uptown.

Juror Susan M. Rose, a landscape painter and former art teacher who resides in Michigan and Wyoming, reviewed 122 entries submitted by 64 West Michigan artists, ultimately selecting 68 works to complete the exhibit.

Also recognized with juror awards during an award ceremony and reception were: 

• John Andersen, first place for “Fields at Dusk,” oil painting;

• Lee Ann Frame, second place for “Beautifully Denied,” intaglio, woodblock relief and chine collé;

• Sandy Meyer, third place for “Bumpy Road to Market,” watercolor. 

Honorable mentions went to Judi (Jay) Luptak for “The Earth We Leave,” photograph; Sara Haveman for “Sentinel,” oil; Catherine McClung for “Trail to the Observation Deck,” watercolor; David Lancashire for “Mirage,” photograph; and Frederic Reinecke for “Ice Texture,” photograph.

Reinecke’s photograph, “Ice Texture,” was also awarded the Ira Trowbridge Memorial Award, given by members of the Gallery Uptown to commemorate the recent death of friend, and former gallery member Ira Trowbridge.

The Winter Arts Festival is supported by the community, area businesses, and Gallery Uptown member artists, allowing the funding of additional awards.  

Great Lakes Dental Awards were given to Larry Blovits for his pastel titled “Trickle Down Effect” and Suzanne Frederick for her pastel titled “Kurious Kitten.”  Deborah Bowen was given the Michigan Rag Purchase Award for “Red Tide” mixed media.  J. Morgan Ltd. Jewelers Awards went to Chip VanderWier for “Mare Nostrum,” sculpture; Robert deJonge for “Windows,” photograph; John Andersen for “Fields at Dusk,” oil; and John Riepma for “Superior Blue,” glass.

The exhibit remains open to the public in The Walburg Gallery, adjacent to The Gallery Uptown, through the month of February.  Admission is free. The Gallery Uptown is located at 201 Washington Ave. in Grand Haven.  Winter hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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