The exhibit is always planned in conjunction with homecoming alumni activities and is held in the lower level of the Country Music Theater at Thayer.
According to Thayer Arts Council member Judith Cornelius, there were 78 entries this year. "The entries were mostly two-dimensional works from 26 local and area artists," she said.
Cornelius said the goal of the arts council is for the show to grow each year and for the quality of the work to become better.
"The high quality and creative abilities of these artists is something for the community to be proud of. We can take pride in the fact that we do not have to travel to cities or away from the Ozarks to find beautiful works of art," Cornelius said.
The Best of Show award for 2005 went to print maker Deby Gilley from Mountain Grove. Cornelius said the piece was a large woodcut titled Fisher of Men. "Deby's work often reflects the nostalgia of bygone days or has a religious theme," Cornelius said.
The eight awards of excellence went to Steven Looney, Thayer; Zach Kojdecki, Vanessa Webb, Crystal Parker and Ron McGarry, all of Willow Springs; Carolyn Walker, Brockwell, Ark.; Marge Giles, Caulfield, Mo.; and Chris Mohn, Mountain View, Ark.
The six honorable mentions went to Norma Strickbine and Mary Ann Adams, Thayer; Marjorie Jane Todd, Warm Springs, Ark.; Judith MacConnell, Mountain View, Mo.; Beth Pitts, Willow Springs; Pat Dunlap, Cherokee Village, Ark.
"We hope that everyone enjoyed it and hope for even more support and success in the future," Cornelius said.