An Art­ful Har­vest

South­ern Heart­land Art Gallery, United Bank team to present juried art con­test

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Jen­nifer T. Long

Mem­bers of the South­ern Heart­land Art Guild have joined with em­ploy­ees of United Bank to present the in­au­gu­ral Art­ful Har­vest Juried Art Show at the New­ton County Pub­lic Li­brary.

Lo­cal artists were in­vited to sub­mit a re­cent, orig­i­nal piece of any me­dia. Guild mem­ber Jan Jentzen said the 76 sub­mis­sions in­clude oil paint­ings, sculp­ture, photography, col­lage and other mixed me­dia. “It’s just a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing,” Jentzen said. The art­work will re­main on dis­play at the li­brary un­til Oct. 30. Art can be pur­chased through the art gallery.

Pieces will be judged by Mikki Root Dil­lon, a res­i­dent of Lil­burn who works pri­mar­ily in pas­tels. Dil­lon has been named a dis­tin­guished pastel­list by the Pas­tel So­ci­ety of the West Coast, has been fea­tured in “Pas­tel Jour­nal” and has served as cu­ra­tor of the Gallery at St. Ed­wards since 1990.

Prizes are $25 for eight honor­able men­tions, $200 for third place, $300 for sec­ond place, $500 for first place and $750 for best of show.

“Even though it is our first show, we’re giv­ing away more money than other lo­cal shows,” Jentzen said.

Awards will be given at the artists’ re­cep­tion sched­uled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the li­brary.

Money from en­try fees and a por­tion of the sales pro­ceeds will go to­ward art gallery schol­ar­ships for chil­dren’s camps and col­lege stu­dents.

Jentzen said the Art Guild once hosted an­nual art fes­ti­vals at Salem Camp Ground or on the square, but have not in about four years. She said the guild mem­bers hope to res­ur­rect the tra­di­tion.

“We re­ally want peo­ple to know the guild is here, and for res­i­dents in­ter­ested in the arts to be able to come and see this,” Jentzen said, “and also to have a show­case for our lo­cal artists.”

The South­ern Heart­land Art Guild is ac­tively seek­ing new mem­bers. Yearly guild dues are $35. Guild ben­e­fits in­clude 20 per­cent off of art sup­plies and space to dis­play art­work at the gallery.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the art show or the SHAG Guild, call (770) 788-8799.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Cor­nu­copia of cre­ation: (Above) Cov­ing­ton res­i­dent and artist Ray Smith browses through the va­ri­ety of art on dis­play in the Art­ful Har­vest Art Show, which is tak­ing place at the New­ton County Li­brary through Oct. 31. (Be­low) A clay fish ti­tled "That's a Keeper" cre­ated by artist Anna Marino is one of the many works of art on dis­play at the Art­ful Har­vest Art Show.

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