By BOBBIE GREEN
“Your Favorite Song Title” was the theme for the Virgin Valley Artist Association’s (VVAA) June Art Contest. It was a kind of ‘Name that Tune’ with a game of images. Sixty artists joined the game by naming their favorite tracks with artwork.
The awards ceremony, which took place on Thursday, June 16, drew a large crowd. The theme was intriguing. Unfortunately, many winners were not present at the reception. Could it mean “I’m on vacation” or “Summer Time Blues?”
VVAA President Dottie Golden explained that the VVAA allows mixed media in its competition because it uses “the quality of the artist who interprets the theme as the first criteria when judging”.
The Best of Show award went to Floyd Johnson for his performance of Duke Ellington’s Jubilee.
Johnson said, “I finally found a use for my old 78rpm record.”
First place went to Charyn McDonnell for the colorful “All My Relations.”
The runner-up prize went to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Cheryl Sachse. This work also received the audience award.
Third place went to Randy Bauman for “Bad Moon Rising”.
“Who doesn’t know this song? says Bauman
The Sponsors Choice Award went to Linda Harris for her beautiful watercolor of “Grandma’s Garden”.
The Mayor Choice Award also went to Cheryl Sachse for her detailed watercolor of “Tiny Dancer”.
Emerging Artist of the Month was Connie Keith for her piece “Purple People Eater”.
Honorable mention went to Rita Fulmer for “Stayin Alive”; Kathleen Birkholz for “100 pounds of clay”; Chris Picior for “Joy to the World”; and Amy Wells for “American Pie”.
Everyone had a favorite song, even City Executive Assistant Nancy Hewett, who entered a song for the first time. “Fly Like an Eagle”
The exhibition on the theme of the July competition will be “Let your dreams fly”.