The Arts Council of Wayne County recently announced the winners of the 39th annual National Juried Fine Arts Show.
Of the 89 entries from 48 artists, 28 from Wayne County, this year’s Best in Show award went to “Studio Door in Black,” an oil on canvas piece by Josiah King of Faison.
King received a prize of $1,000. Juror Matt Klos described the work as a “powerful frontal format balanced with nuance and sensitivity” and said it’s “a meditation on warm/cool tonalities.”
Hannah Fitzgerald of Goldsboro won Best in Show and received a $100 prize for her photograph “Dearest Baa.” Klos described it as “a beautiful portrait comingling texture of hair and fur.” He also added, “The strong light and contrast create a striking image.”
Second place went to Goldsboro artist Brenda Behr for her oil painting “Just Leaving Piggly Wiggly.” Klos said it was “strongly composed, so much tenderness and expression in the woman’s face. (This work presents) an honest look at the quality and inherent beauty of the everyday.”
Behr received a $500 prize.
“Flower” by James E. Riggs of Cove City came in third place. Klos said of the wood sculpture that it is “elegantly formed and pieced together. The undulating realistic surface of the flower petals contrast nicely with the graphic wood burning on the flower pot.”
Riggs received a $250 prize.
Honorable mentions went to Lewis Braswell of Orlando, Florida, for his mixed media artwork “Genesis,” Marilue Cook for her mixed media “Loneliness,” Michael Mosure of Wilmington for his photograph “Asheville Barn and Milky Way” and Paula Rozob of Oriental for her oil painting “Nasturtiums Before Florence.”
This year’s juror, Klos, is an accomplished oil painter and watercolorist, who heads the art department at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland.
“It’s wonderful to see such a breadth of quality work,” he said. “The arts are flourishing here.”
Sponsors for this year’s show were the University of Mount Olive, Best in Show; John G. Best, second prize; RE/MAX Complete, third prize; and Dees Law Office, Best in Wayne and People’s Choice Award.
All of the entries are on display at the Arts Council of Wayne County through Nov. 16. Visitors have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award. All works are for sale.