Harlin Museum Spring Art Show 2022 Competition Winners Announced
Western Plains, Missouri – The Harlin Museum would like to announce the winners of its annual spring art exhibition competition for 2022, which is currently on display in the museum’s Hathcock Gallery until Sunday, May 1. Generous sponsors of this year’s competition prizes include West Plains Savings & Loan and West Plains Bank & Trust, two of the museum’s staunchest local supporters, who donated a collective $400 to award winners of the show and support the arts in the Ozarks.
The exhibition features twenty combined competitions of oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, graphite drawings and mixed media pieces, some featuring a more realistic depiction of their subjects, others displaying Fantastic abstract and fantasy themes that excite the mind. It is the portrait of the lady, in a very realistic style and depicted in the smallest details, which earned him the Best of Show. The entry, an oil painting of a pretty, silver-haired older woman in a complementary silver frame, is titled “Mo-Mo” and was painted by talented artist Bonnie Heenan, of Gassville, Arkansas.
Entries to the exhibition were divided into three categories of drawings, paintings and mixed media, winning a total of fourteen awards for artists from the region.
In the drawing category, first place went to Last Turkey Season, another realistically drawn portrait – that of a seemingly pensive man in a curved billed cap with his hand resting on his chin as if in a pensive rest —made in graphite by Bonnie Heenan of Gassville, AR. The second and third place drawing category ribbons were both won by Ron McGarry of Willow Springs, MO for his entry Galway Girl, a black and white graphite portrait of a woman standing in an ivy-covered stone arch. , and for its entry The Pinnacle, a graphite landscape of a curving cove with a water-covered shore of boulders and forest undergrowth in shades of black, white and gray.
The category of paintings included twelve pieces in oil, acrylic and watercolor. First place in this category went to already two-time winner Bonnie Heenan of Gassville, AR for her Champion Of Time entry, an oil painting of the metallic mechanical inner workings of an almost futuristic timepiece. Second place went to the dreamlike watercolor of two fish swimming in the midst of a bluish swirling current against a rock-filled riverbed in Swimming Upriver by Marie Ann Robinson of Willow Springs, MO. And third place goes to Bonnie Heenan of Gassville, AR for Car Show Stopper, an oil painting of a classic roadster in shades of crimson and cadmium yellow. Honorable mentions in the painting category went to Dusk Approaching, an acrylic entry of moody flowers by Angela Bullard of West Plains, MO and the mostly blue, wavy abstract by Tracy Fenske of West Plains, MO titled Came Back Home .
In the mixed media category, first place went to the talented Ann Kulpa of Cabool, MO for her high contrast abstract collage, House By The Duck Pond. Second Mixed Media Award also goes to Ann Kulpa of Cabool, MO for her other brightly colored summary, High Steppin’ Joe. The Third Place Mixed Media Ribbon is awarded to Akasha Davis of West Plains, MO for her fantasy-themed entry, Cherry Blossom Dragon, a piece depicting the crest of a beautiful blue waterfall flowing through a forest of soft pink cherry blossoms with a silver metallic dragon flying overhead. The honorable mention winner for this category is the red abstract entry, Under, by Tracy Fenske of West Plains, MO.
Finally, a special Young Artist Certificate of Appreciation is awarded to young Vale Fenske for his entry, Handiwork, a modern style piece featuring a black hammer on a matte yellow background in white and framed in a simple black frame with sharp corners, to be the only youth entry in this year’s contest.
The winners of the exhibition’s final prize, the People’s Choice Award, will be decided by the public through voting at the museum‘s gallery and online voting on Facebook, which begins Friday, April 22 on the Harlin Museum’s FB page (@ HarlinMuseumWP). Voting closes at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, and the winner will be announced shortly after.
The Harlin Museum is located at 405 Worcester, West Plains, MO 65775, about a block southwest of downtown Court Square. Museum hours are now Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Questions can be directed by email to [email protected] or by calling the museum at (417) 256-7801.