Gary Freemanâ€™s â€œSurfside Pierâ€ won first place in the Lincoln Arts Council and Lincoln Cultural Centerâ€™s annual regional art competition.
The Lincoln Cultural Center and the Lincoln Arts Council held their annual regional art show awards presentation on Friday, March 26. A reception and awards ceremony was held from 7 until 9 p.m. with the awards being presented at 8.
This yearâ€™s winners are:
First Place: Gary Freeman of Cherryville, â€œSurfside Pierâ€
Second Place: Chad Nichols of Cherryville, â€œBroken Circleâ€
Third Place: Lori Lytle of Lincolnton, â€œWhirly Birdâ€
Merit Awards: Jacqueline Mate of Hickory, â€œPlanning Christmas Dinner;â€ Jeanne Miller of Belmont, â€œBud Love Wilderness;â€ Tom Owen of Gastonia, â€œLake Rosenwater;â€ Jason Reynolds of Lincolnton, Untitled.
The juror for this yearâ€™s Lincoln Regional Art Show was Jim Henry. He received his BFA from State University of New York at Albany, with an emphasis on painting. He has exhibited in juried show throughout the U.S. and has been honored with many awards.
Henry is currently represented by galleries in North Carolina, Georgia and New York. During his frequent visits to other cities, he seldom misses an opportunity to visit galleries and museums. He says he enjoys looking at art nearly as much as creating it.
â€œI am most attached to art that exhibits both a strong feel and an element of intellectual exploration that seeks to engage the viewer,â€ he says. â€œTechnical ability is important, but what makes a work memorable is the degree to which an artist reveals himself or herself.â€
The show is on exhibit in the Cochrane and Carolina Mills Galleries of the Lincoln Cultural Center and will be on display Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. through April 25.