KINGSPORT, TN - The opening reception for the 52nd Annual Appalachian Art Show was held Sunday afternoon in the Main Gallery at the Renaissance Center, Kingsport, Tennessee.
Judge and juror, Georgie Bemis from Albuquerque, New Mexico, said, "The strong and diverse art submitted to this show was a wonderful opportunity to see the high level of proficiency in landscape and portraiture. The work represented what I look for when jurying a show. I look for a connection between the title of the work, the presentation of the work to the viewer, and the communication that work conveys. The title of the work is significant, and, the work must have a message; it must say something. The quality of the work accepted into the show was exceptional, the high level of mastery of works included for consideration made it difficult to determine awards, and I would have given more awards, if it had been possible."
Best in Show -- Today's Missionary -- Janice Borel
Second place. Glass Worker -- Joe Burnette
Third place. Fall Reflections -- Diane Allen
Awards of Excellence winners are
Pottery Still Life -- Bob Scott
Holocaust #4 -- Joe Burnette
Highest Aspirations -- Renee Suich
Mothers's Favorite -- Kitty Williams
North Fork -- Betty O'Neill
Winter At Greenbriar ---Barbara Jernigan
Appalachian Rhythm -- Barbara Jake Wilson
Mug Shot -- Wesley Venable
The Gift -- Janice Borel
Jonesborough From The Tracks -- Allison Parker
Winners were announced Sunday, May 7 during the show's opening reception and remain on display through May 30. Admission is free.