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Titonka artist wins Best in Show award at MacNider Art Museum’s Area Show: 45

Best in Show Award Winner – Claude Bilsborough of Titonka, IA, In the Flyway, Oil on Linen
Best in Show Award Winner – Claude Bilsborough of Titonka, IA, In the Flyway, Oil on Linen

MASON CITY – Participating artists, Museum members, and members of the general public were in attendance on Saturday, November 19, for the opening, awards program, and artist reception for Area Show: 45 at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum. The exhibition includes a wide variety of artworks created by artists above high school age living within a 100-mile radius of Mason City.

Entering artists were competing for the opportunity to have their work featured in a solo exhibition and for $1,000 in cash awards. The Best in Show award was given to Claude Bilsborough, of Titonka, Iowa, who will be granted a solo exhibition in 2017, for his oil on linen piece, In the Flyway.

Three artists received a $250 Excellence Award; Joan Webster-Vore, of Hudson, Iowa, won for her fiber/mixed media piece, Shadows; Jo Anne Willemsen, of Mason City, Iowa, won for her ceramic piece, Broken Glacier Dreams; and Larry Gregson of Mason City, Iowa, won for his oil on herringbone linen piece, Crushed Can on Scrap Plywood.

Two Merit Awards, each at $100, were given out; one to Rob Wallace, of Ames, Iowa for his wood piece, Sunrise Splendor and one to Jaclyn Garlock, of Clear Lake, Iowa for her painting entitled Take Time to Make Time. The $50 Most Daring Award was presented to Paul Weitzel, of Mason City, Iowa for his oil on salvaged board, Winter Train.

Four Honorable Mention awards were handed out as well. The first went to Danny Brunsvold, of Kensett, Iowa, for his drawing, Bestefars Family. The second went to Jan Hix, of Waterloo, Iowa for her oil painting, Once There Were Buffalo. The third went to Larry Gregson, of Mason City, Iowa for his painting, The Illuminated Line. The forth Honorable Mention was awarded to Lori Biwer-Stewart, of Osage, Iowa for her collagraph, Tension.

The competition for the show was open to all artists above high school age residing within 100 miles of Mason City, encompassing North Central Iowa and Southern Minnesota. Each entrant was eligible to submit up to two artworks for consideration. This year’s show drew a total of 106 entries by 56 artists. The final exhibition includes 45 artworks by 36 artists.

The juror for Area Show: 45, Naomi Friend, Exhibits Curator at the Octagon Center for the Arts, selected the exhibition and the award winners.

Many artworks in the exhibition are for sale and can be purchased through the Museum. The exhibition will remain on view in the Museum’s Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery through January 28, 2017. Admission is free and open to the public.

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