July 12--The Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center (SOMACC) is in the middle of showcasing the Cream of the Crop exhibition and has announced the winning pieces.
The Cream of the Crop is the museum's premier, juried exhibition featuring the most outstanding art created by artists living within an 85 mile radius of Portsmouth. Included in the exhibition are over 100 works in a variety of media, techniques and styles, reflecting the rich diversity, independence and a sense of place in a unique region.
This is the first Cream of the Crop that Directors Charlotte Gordon and Mark Chepp have been a part of and is the largest scale setting of local art that the two have witnessed.
"I think the quality of work is outstanding," Gordon said. "I'm a real proponent of artists and I feel that part of our role as a museum, and putting on a juried exhibition like this, is that we put together the best representation possible for the artists."
First Place went to Portsmouth High School art teacher and local artist April Deacon, for her piece titled "Origin."
Second Place went to Todd Reynolds, for his piece titled "Ashes to Ashes Series #1"
Third Place went to Victoria Knipp, for her piece titled "Dysmorphic"
There were also six Honorable Mentions: Kevin Lyles, "After the Storm;" Lacey Golden Davis, "Blue Cat Toy;" Brad Painter, "Family Outing;" Thomas Ansel, "Adena Chainsaw;"Christie Whisman, "Semaphore Singular;"Katherine Cox, "Defiance."
"The Southern Ohio Museum is very proud of the regional artists. The work that was submitted to Cream of the Crop reflects the integrity, diversity, and interesting backgrounds of the artists living in the area and together has made an outstanding exhibition," SOMACC Artistic Director Charlotte Gordon said. There is a range in materials and approaches, from paintings to sculptures. The artwork is personal and moving. "
This year, the public gets to cast their own vote for the People's Choice Award. Voting is open through the end of the show and will be announced on Aug. 5. Votes are being accepted by the front desk of the museum.
The Southern Ohio Museum is at 825 Gallia St., in the heart of Portsmouth's downtown, and has two entrances. The entrance on Gallia leads to the lobby and front of the museum and the Sixth Street entrance features a handicapped ramp. The Security Central Plaza is off to the left of the front entrance and is often reserved by the museum during their functions. The museum is open open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m; Closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays.
Not only will the artwork of Cream of the Crop be for sale, but the museum also has their museum gift shop that is by the counter. Tours are offered by scheduling. A museum official can be reached at 740-354-5629.
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