Artists League

Harry Neely (left), Pam Griner, Joanne Thornton, Lois Pollard, Lynn Goldhammer, Jane Maloy, Jude Winkley, Deane Billings, Cindy Edgar, Brandon Sanderson, Beth Ybarra, Ulli Misegades, Laureen Kirk and Paula Spinner.

On Sunday, June 2, internationally recognized artist, Jean Kolb Grunewald, had the difficult task of selecting the winning art for the Artists League’s annual judged show.

The exhibit featured more than 80 paintings in various mediums. Winners for best in each category, as well as best overall, were announced during the opening reception. Guests are asked to participate by voting for their favorite painting for a “People’s Choice” award that will be announced toward the end of the show. The exhibit is open through Thursday, June 27.

“Stop in to view this lovely art and vote for your favorite,” says a spokesman.

Winning entries include

Oil: 1. Jane Maloy, “Can We Talk”; 2. Cindy Edgar, “Chasing the Scent”; 3. Eileen Strickland, “Playing From the Heart”; honorable mentions went to Jude Winkley, “Washed by Stuff”; Harry Neely, “Honey Suckle”; and Lois Pollard, “Lois with Apples.”

Watercolor: - 1. Betty McDavid, “1927”; 2. Betty McDavid, “Pink Woobie”; honorable mention to Deane Billings, “Alton Bay.”

Acrylic: 1. Beth Ybarra, “Colander, Fruit, & Squash”; honorable mention to Paula Spinner, “Geraniums.”

Pastel: 1. Linda Drott, “Cactus Blossoms”; 2. Linda Drott, “Thistle Dance.”

Alcohol Ink: - 1. Pam Griner, “Keep on Trunking”; honorable mention, Joanne Thornton, “Inception.”

Mixed Media: 1. Eileen Strickland, “Annabelle”; honorable mention, Laureen Kirk, “Gone.”

Other Media: - 1. Brandon Sanderson, “Rediscovering Flight”; honorable mention, Lynn Goldhammer, “United We Stand.”

The Artists League of the Sandhills is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to promote interest in the visual arts by providing art education and a friendly environment in which to work, exhibit and sell members’ artworks. The gallery, The Exchange Street Gallery of Fine Art, is located in historic downtown Aberdeen at 129 Exchange Street in the old Aberdeen Rockfish Railroad storage terminal.

Visit the website at Regular gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Contact the League at (910) 944-3979 or for information on membership, classes, workshops and monthly gallery exhibits.

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