Jeppson said there were 53 performers and 128 pieces in this year’s show.
“It is certainly one of the most important in recent history,” she said.
The Medicine Shoppe is the show’s sponsor, including the cash prizes that were awarded, Jeppson said.
In 2020, the registration fee was waived due to the coronavirus pandemic and the hardships artists were going through, she said.
âWe decided this year to go ahead and start over and get a sponsor for the show so that the sponsorship allows the awards,â she said.
The exhibit, which runs until Oct. 9, features work by local and regional artists from across the state and is “really inclusive,” Jeppson said.
âThe show is open to artists of all skill levels, ages and media,â she said.
Many new performers are a part of the show, she said. The majority of the work consists of paintings followed by photographs.
The gallery at the Arts Center is full and there are also rooms for the exhibition in the main entrance and hallway.
“It’s a good problem to have,” Jeppson said of the entries posted throughout the Arts Center. “The people who were at the front desk, there were a lot of comments saying this was the best annual show they’ve been to.”
Linda Whitney received the Professional Artist Award, which recognizes an artist for the body of his work. Kathy Steiner / The Sun of Jamestown
Greg Vettel, director of the Northwest Arts Center and assistant professor at Minot State University (North Dakota), served as a juror for the show.
âThe artwork was fantastic and it was really hard to make a decision for so many awards,â said Vettel.
Vettel said on Tuesday he was impressed with the number of entries and the quality of the work.
“I think the show is an outstanding example of the quality of performers we have in North Dakota and especially in this region and that it would be a good opportunity for everyone to do the show if they had the time. “said Vettel.
Jeppson noted that Shane Balkowitsch’s entry, a photo that won the photography award, showed a Native American communicating with a bison one-on-one. Balkowitsch used old-fashioned wet plate photography to capture this photo, titled âBrothersâ with Allan Demaray.
âAnd to think he was able to capture that image is remarkable,â Jeppson said. âPeople think it’s Photoshopped but (it isn’t). And so there are some mind-blowing pieces like that âin the show.
Linda Whitney of Valley City received a special award, the Professional Artist Award.
âIt’s not a single piece but her work as a professional artist. She is known internationally,â Jeppson said.
The awards were announced at the opening reception on August 26, but one award remains to be awarded – the People’s Choice Award. Visitors to the exhibit can vote for their favorite piece, and the prize which includes a $ 50 prize will be awarded at the end of the exhibit.
Art of various sizes and shapes fills the gallery at the Arts Center in Jamestown. The 47th Annual Art Exhibition of the Jamestown Fine Arts Association is on display in the gallery. The People’s Choice Award has not yet been determined and will be awarded by votes cast until the end of the show. Kathy Steiner / The Sun of Jamestown
Jeppson also noted that much of the work is for sale.
âMost of the work is quite affordable,â she said. âIt’s a great opportunity to buy a work of art, to support an artist. â¦ This is the show that we generally sell the most works of each year.
The Arts Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Free entry.
The following awards were presented for the 57th Annual Art Exhibition of the Jamestown Fine Arts Association. Best of Show received $ 100; other prices $ 50.
The best of the show: Sue Morrissey, fireplace keeper and philosopher
Paint: Terry Jesling, Meow, Meow is going to town
Design: Phyllis Lincoln, almost at the end of her rope
Mixed media: JoÃ«l Hegerle, Big Cat
Photography: Shane Balkowitsch, “Brothers” with Allan Demaray
Engraving: Laura VonBank, simple power
Sculpture price: Don Paul, I know there is water here
Professional Artist Award: Linda Whitney, Super Blood Moon, Blue Moon Butterfly, Jing Sisters dancing for the lost children
Public Prize: to be returned at the end of the exhibition.