Friday, June 15, 2007

OFTA Hosts Amateur Art Competition Winners

Above the various winners were asked to talk briefly about their entries.

Host Jim De Young fields questions from the audience for the panel.

On Wednesday, June 13th OFTA (Old Friends Talk Arts) hosted the winners of the Buchanan Center for the Arts 4th annual Amateur Artist Competition. Almost fifty people attended and were treated to comments by several of the category winners and a short talk by Cherry Simmons, West Central High School Art teacher, who was the judge for the show.

Best of show ribbon and $100 cash prize went to Karen Buenneke of Peoria. Mary Schweitzer of Oquawka took home the best of category in Mixed Media. Rene Burton of Cameron won the Photography Division, Betty Gaskill of Monmouth took the honors in the Painting Division, and top prize in the Three Dimensional category went to Lyle Welch of Monmouth. There were several other honorable mentions given in the various categories to Brian Kjellenberg of Yates City, Marilyn Kloeppel of Monmouth, Pat Rea of Dallas City, Lorraine Heady of Monmouth, Jim Miller of Oquawka, and Leonard Schultz of Monmouth.

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