THAYER -- The Thayer Arts Council reports their annual art show and sale was again a huge success.
"The show highlighted two- and three-dimensional work from artists locally and around the area," said Judith Cornelius, an arts council representative.
Cornelius said 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 large cities or away from the Ozarks to find beautiful works of art," she said. "Each year we discover new talent of people who have recently moved to the area.
The exhibit is always planned in conjunction with the homecoming alumni activities and is held in the lower level of the Oregon County Country Music Theater.
This year there were over 50 entries from about 20 artists. "The goal of the arts council is for the show to continue to grow each year, as it has been, and to gain more patronage and support," she said.
Cornelius said the Best of Show award for 2006 went to Zachariah Kojdecki from Thayer/Willow Springs. Kojdecki entered a colored pencil drawing of a flock of swans at sunset.
The eight awards of excellence went to Dewayne Grimsley of Thayer, Shana Cochran of Mammoth Spring, Julie Shaw of Thomasville, Pat McCarroll of Cherokee Village, Carolyn Walker of Brockwell (two awards), Ron McGarry of Willow Springs and Mag Giles of Caulfield.
The six honorable mention awards went to Lovelle Brown of Thayer, Deby Gilley of Mountain Grove (two awards), Mag Giles of Caulfield, Zach Kojdecki of Thayer/Willow Springs and Ron McGarry of Willow Springs.
The People's Choice Award went to Carolyn Walker of Brockwell for her pastel of a baby deer titled "Bambi."
"We hope everyone enjoyed it and hope to have an even better attendance and participation next year," Cornelius said.