Entries to the 35th Annual Oconee Artist Exhibition were judged on Monday, April 9 at the Marlor Art Center. 30 artists from Central Georgia submitted a total of 83 pieces into the exhibit, and judge Matthew Forrest chose 58 pieces to hang in the exhibit.
First place was awarded to wood carver David Williams for Great White Egret, a towering oak sculpture of an egret with an extended neck. Second place was awarded to painter James Barton for White Beauty, a large oil painting of a white bird. Third place was awarded to art professor Abraham Abebe for Life Matters I, a charcoal portrait on wood.
Best in Drawing was awarded to Eric Johnson for Morning Watch, and Best in Painting was awarded to Karen Snider for Study of Art. Best of Photography was awarded to Julia Mills for White Lily, and Best in Printmaking was awarded to Mike Gillies for Cross. Best in Mixed Media was awarded to Frances Drummond for Golgotha, and Best in Sculpture was awarded to Aubrey Nelson for Silver Maple Vase. An Honorable Mention was awarded to Del Bentley Pounds for Fish in Paper.
Judge Matthew Forrest is an Assistant Professor of Art at Georgia College. His specialty is printmaking, and he also teaches printmaking classes at the Georgia Academy for the Blind, which recently displayed works at the Marlor Art Center.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Sunday, April 15, from 1:00 – 3:00. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Milledgeville Civic Women’s Club. During the reception, Allied Arts staff will honor the winners and all attending artists. Call (478) 452 – 3950 for more information, or visit www.MilledgevilleAlliedArts.com.