The Johnston County Arts Council has announced the winners in its fourth annual Arts and Food Festival Gala. They are listed below by division.
Painting: Eric Scheffler, first place for “Peg”; Ginger Gehres, second place for “Just a Bite”; and Maria Baluis, third place for “Serendipity.” Honorable mention went to Jim Whitfield for “Stormy Sea” and Sydney Davis for “SRV Blues.”
Photography: Wayne Dockery, first place for “Reconnecting”; Christer Berg, second place for “The Passionate Blacksmith”; and Bobby Nicks, third place for “Barn Owl.” Honorable mention went to Frank Dziepak for “Johnston County Tobacco Barn” and Emily Brown for “Playing Dress Up.”
Mixed Media: Carolyn Howard, first place for “Air Filled With Thoughts”; Katherine Stein, second place for “Daydreaming … Outside the Box”; and Jo Tucker, third place for “Landing at Sunset.” Honorable mention went to Janie Prete for “After the Wedding” and Penny Arrowood for “Four Seasons.”
The contests paid $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third.
Six members of the Arts Council Board of Directors – Chris Boyette, Judy Boyette, Jane Kate Brown, John McFadden, Sandra O’Berry and Jo Tucker – painted a collaboration piece titled “The Old Neuse River Bridge.” It was among the items sold during the silent auction.
Proceeds from the festival go to community programming, the Artists-in-the-Schools program and scholarships for Johnston Community College students studying fine arts.