PARIS, ILL. —
The Bicentennial Art Center & Museum currently has on display the 2013 Annual Town & Country Amateur Art Exhibit and Blackhawk Park Exhibit. The Annual Town & Country Amateur Art Exhibit features works by amateur artists done in pastel, oil, acrylic, sanguine oil crayon and photography.
The exhibit opened Feb. 22 and will be on display through March 22.
The judge for this year’s exhibit, Sister Alma Anderson, a professor at Indiana State University, chose the following winners:
In the Adult Division:
First Place: Tom Hebermehl, Paris, Ill., “Fall in Appalacia,” photograph; and Randy Parker, Flat Rock, Ill., “Morning Glow,” photograph.
Second Place: Frank Bell, Marshall, Ill., “American Girl — Waiting at the Mall,” sanguine oil crayon and colored pencil; Denise Griffith, “Window to Heaven,” photograph; Nancy Land, Paris, Ill., “Mechanic Used What??, photograph; and Randy Parker, “Childhood Memories,” photograph.
Third Place: Jim Bond, Sumner, Ill., “Back in the Day,” photograph, and “Mans Best Friend,” photograph; and Lois Dickenson, Charleston, Ill., “Beguilling Fog,” photograph. Honorable Mention: Daniel Bishop, Paris, Ill., “Twisting Trail,” carved wood; Lois Dickenson, “Walking,” photograph; Tom Hebermehl, “Lovers,” photograph and Ross W Ill.lan, Paris, Ill., “Shadygrove Baptist, Good Hope, Alabama,” photograph.
Youth Division, First Place: Charlee Walker, Paris, Ill., “Kaya,” photograph; and Mariah Witmer, Paris, Ill., “Slippery When Wet,” photograph. Second Place: Charlee Walker, “Allium,” photograph. Third Place: Chelsea Witmer, Paris, Ill., “Shadows,” photograph. Honorable Mention: Charlee Walker, “Whisper,” photograph; and Mariah Witmer, “Tattooed Friend,” drawing.
The first-place winners in both adult and youth divisions are eligible to enter the State Town & Country Amateur Art Exhibit staged in September at Champaign, Ill.
The Blackhawk Park Exhibit features entries inspired by a trip to Blackhawk Park on the northeast side of Paris. Winners in this year’s competition, which were also chosen by Anderson, include:
First Place: Nancy Land, Paris, Ill., “It’s Spring,” photograph. Second Place: Dale Trine, Paris, Ill., “A Northern View in Autumn,” photograph. Third Place: R John Ferguson, Terre Haute, “Waiting Tables,” photograph.
Youth Division, First Place: Laci Throneburg, Paris, Ill., “Reflections”, photograph. Second Place: Laci Throneburg, “Young Adventures,” photograph; and Third Place: Laci Throneburg, “Secrets,” photograph.
Also, the Art Center has on display knitted, crocheted and loomed hats created by the Paris Hat Project Inc., a nonprofit organization with volunteers that knit, crochet and loom hats to make sure the children in Edgar County have a hat to wear during the winter months.
It is a community program made up of individuals who are inspired to do something for others by using their knitting, crocheting and craft skills. Their goal in 2012 was to provide handmade hats to all preschoolers through fourth-graders in Paris. Their goal in 2013 is to provide hats to all preschool through fifth-grade children in Edgar County, which includes Paris, Shiloh, Kansas and Chrisman. Donations of yarn will be accepted (bulky No. 6 is what a lot of the loomers use), or Knifty Knitter round looms in green or purple. Also monetary donations will be accepted to purchase yarn and looms. For additional information, contact Brenda Wright at 217-264-2761.
The Bicentennial Art Center is at 132 S. Central Ave. in Paris, and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. Admission is free and the Art Center is handicap accessible. Call 217-466-8130.