It’s time to B.R.A.G.
Ed Patten earned the People’s Choice award at the fourth annual Brookhaven Regional Art Guild competition, while Rhonda Rich was named Best of Show winner.
Patten’s win for “Laundry #1” earned him a $100 cash prize. Rich, with her piece, “Endangered” walked away with $150.
Judge Randy Jolly, a Vicksburg artist, remarked the work was beautifully complex and compelling, and the use of color and color tonality is outstanding.
“This speaks to the viewer from across the room and draws the viewer in for a closer view and understanding,” he wrote. “The artist used a delightful mix of material while a unified visual. Makes the viewer want to know the rest of the story or narrative while allowing him/her to place their own travels or life journey into the work.”
More than 100 artists age 18 and up competed in seven categories to earn cash prizes for first-, second- and third-places. Honorable mentions were also awarded.
Voting for the People’s Choice award was open to patrons of the Lincoln County Public Library, where the exhibition was displayed through the month of October.
Since BRAG was established, it has been devoted to keeping creative culture alive and well in Brookhaven through exhibitions, art walks, competitions and workshops.
Drawing and Pastel:
First place: Emily Goss — Fairly Local
Second place: Theresa Beaubouef — Another Good Day
Third place: Rosemary Leggett — Calm Before the Storm
Honorable mention: Gwin Robertson — Symphony in Green
Honorable mention: Stephanie Gustavson — A Sword Shall Pass Through Your Heart
First place: Janet Smith — Ole Brook Inez
Second place: Suzanne Shumate — My Happy Place
Third place: Suzanne Shumate — Great Blue Heron in Marsh
Honorable mention: Lauren Morris — Love Lifted Me
First place: Dianne Burris — The Fourth Day
Second place: Lyndie Flynn — Hubert the Wolfhound
Third place: Rose Mahoney — Reflection
Honorable mention: Rose Mahoney — It’s All About Da Bass
Honorable mention: Katherine Bumgarner — Nature Ablaze
First place: Cherie Langston — Home
Second place: Katheryn Zansler — Lost Story/Found Soul
Third place: Cherie Langston — Red, Red, & Red
Honorable mention: Katheryn Zansler — Quandary
First place: Rhonda Rich — Endangered
Second place: Elizabeth F Kaplan — Twigs I
Third place: Boots McKay — Marsha
Honorable mention: Rhonda Rich — Downtown
First place: Janet Campbell Smith — Teapot
Second place: Joshua Hamilton — Flesh Cube
Third place: Janet Campbell Smith — Covered Box
Honorable Mention: Janet Campbell Smith — Covered Jar
First place: Bill Perkins — Amazing Skardu
Second place: April Alsbury — American Pride
Third place: Becky Corkern — County Clare Church Yard
Honorable Mention: Andrew Morgan — Grand Canal Venice
Honorable Mention: Dorothy Mitchell — Portrait of an Eagle
Best in Show:
Rhonda Rich — Endangered
BRAG President Janet M. Smith said the event brought in many new entrants.
“We had a wonderful turnout,” she said. “We know there’s a lot more artists in Lincoln County and we encourage everybody to come and participate.”