Big birds rule the day, it seems!
Visitors preferred two heron sculptures and a vine necklace – all three made of metal – at Geauga Park District’s Nature of Metal Community Art Exhibition, according to votes cast in the People’s Choice Contest.
The exhibit, which included more than 200 pieces of metal artwork created by more than 50 artists, closed October 15 after greeting more than 3,000 visitors since late August.
Blue ribbons went to “The Wading Game” heron sculpture (by Greg Koesel) in the decorative category, Blue Heron Garden Gate (by Roy Troutman) in the functional category, and “Vain Vine” necklace (by Laura Recek) in the jewelry category.
Thirteen others also received honorable mentions for notable performances in the voting:
“Morning Spider” sculpture (by Gary Barnhart)
Umbrella Stand (by Charles Hughes)
“D.O.A.” swordfish sculpture (by John Lenz)
“Patience” fish sculpture (by John Lenz)
Cattail Lamp (by Pat Livengood)
“Light Through the Cattails” lamp (by Ralph Neumeister)
“Forest Lights: Illumination” painting (by A.D. Peters)
Pteranodon (by Michael Salinger)
“Maple Max” pendant/earring set (by Michelle Smith)
Wine Rack Table (by Dave Thomas)
Umbrella Stand (by Kenneth Tucker)
Glove (by Kenneth Tucker)
“Hummingbird Battle Armor” sculpture (by Barry Wheeler)
Click here for a link to view photos of all the winning artwork.
With more than 250 people in attendance at the August 26 opening reception, this exhibit was cited as a favorite of many. “Absolutely the best show”, “Please repeat this next year”, and “These artists are amazing!” were comments included among guest book feedback.
Geauga Park District is grateful to Western Reserve Artist Blacksmith Association (WRABA) and ASM International, The Materials Information Society, for its partnership in this successful show.
Geauga Park District’s next community art exhibition, discARTed, opens in January. Contact Teresa Runion, special events coordinator, at 440-279-0882 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to participate.