Trent Ernst, Editor
For the month of May, the upstairs corner of Tumbler Ridge place has been converted into an Art Gallery, as the annual Peace Liard Juried Art show makes its return to Tumbler Ridge.
The art show rotates amongst the six communities of the Peace Liard District, and this year was Tumbler Ridge’s turn to host.
At the gala opening on May 1, four cash prizes and six honourable mentions were awarded to artists from Tumbler Ridge and from around the Peace.
Taking top honours, with her oil painting ‘Sequoia’ was Dawson Creek artist Caily Oldershaw. She received a $1000 cheque for her work.
Second place and a $500 prize went to the painting “Tangerine Dreams” by Peace Region artist Amanda Enyedy.
A $350 prize for most experimental work went to Water Talk by Kit Fast, a piece that featured poetry and barbed wire.
The last cash prize of $200 for most promising went to Donna Ony for her painting Tuscan Hideaway.
In addition, Honorable Mentions went to:
- Down The Drain – Roxanne Braam
- Spiderwoman Series #1 – Mary Mottishaw
- Miles To Go – Frances Obie
- Portrait of Wawa – Lydia Hibbing
- Keepin’ Close – Peter Shaw
- The Revanant – Dustin Popesco
- Finding Spring 1 – Joyce Benson
- Unfinished Work – Virginia Black
Winning entries were selected by Jim Stokes, President of Art of the Peace Magazine and Griffith Aaron Baker, Curator of the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie.
The Juried Art Show has been happening for the last 33 years. This year it attracted 83 entries from artists young and old from around the Peace
There is one more award to be handed out. The People’s Choice award will be given out at the end of the show, and tallied from votes cast by members of the public who go take a look.
If you want to go take a look, the art show is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10-5 upstairs at Tumbler Ridge Place.