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Tina Hay Bhutanese MonkIt’s time to tip our proverbial hat to the award winners in our fine art exhibition, Images 2016. The show’s juror, G. Daniel Massad, a pastel artist and the artist-in-residence at Lebanon Valley College, made prize decisions a few days ago during a visit to the galleries.

A photograph by Tina Hay of State College, Bhutanese Monk, earned the Best in Show nod. Tina served as juror in our Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition in 2013. Interestingly enough, this was the first fine art show she’d entered. You could have knocked her over with a feather when I gave her the news. I know I’m a biased observer, but wow, it really is a great photo!

The Best in Show Award is sponsored by the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania. Interestingly enough, the Art Alliance, founded in 1968, was one of the local institutions that blossomed in the afterglow of our first Festival in 1967.

Festival audiences sometimes overlook the Images exhibition; there’s so much great stuff going on outside, it’s difficult to get folks to go indoors.

The show is worth a look–don’t just take my word for it–here’s what the show’s juror, Daniel Massad, had to say: “Seeing the work in person made me sharply aware of the rare opportunity the Arts Festival audience now has of seeing some of the best work by some of the best artists – artists deeply involved in their craft – living and working in Pennsylvania. I could easily have given out twenty Awards of Merit. As happy as I was to give the awards I gave, I was just as unhappy saying no to the rest of my long list of deserving entries.”

Competition to get into the show was stiff. Massad chose 48 pieces from the 230 entries.

In addition to Tina Hay, other prize winners include Mary Deutsch of State College. She won the William D. Davis Award in Drawing for her work, Odd Man Out. Bill Davis was a great friend of the Festival. His widow Shirley Sturtz-Davis and her family sponsor the award in Bill’s memory.

We’re especially appreciative of a new sponsorship from The Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society. The Best Pastel prize went to Susan Nicholas Gephart for her pastel, Santa Fe Cloudscape.

Massad chose the following works as Award of Merit winners:

Master Gardener by Marty Edmunds; Exit Route, by Michele Randall; Guardian, by Cazia Bradley; Blocked, by Gloria Plosky Scaltz.

Audience members will have a chance to vote for their favorite work for our Viewer’s Choice Award. Since we want all visitors to have the opportunity to vote, we won’t announce that winner until the end of the exhibition’s run. You’ll find ballots at Schlow Library.  It’s an election with no nasty campaigning–something unheard of this Presidential year.

The generous support of our sponsors helps to make the show possible. We are especially grateful to Bath Fitters, Leech Tishman, and Joyce Robinson and Norman Spivey.

Images 2016 hangs in the Woskob Family Gallery of the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center and in both the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery and Downsbrough Room of the Schlow Centre Region Library during the month of July.

You won’t want to miss the Awards Reception since it’s a great opportunity to see the work and to visit with artists. The reception will be on Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Schlow Centre Region Library. Schlow Library Foundation  hosts the reception while the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County  sponsors the event. I hope to see you there!

P.S.  Future art historians may want to compare and contrast Tina’s Bhutanese Monk with the famous photo, Afghan Girl, by the acclaimed photographer Stephen McCurry (Penn State ’74) in the exhibition Still Moving: Photographs by Steve McCurry currently hanging in Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art. That show hangs until September 18.