Awesome Art Exhibition winners announced

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Standing outside Gonzales City Hall are some of the winners of the Awesome Art Exhibition 2014 held by River Region Art Association on October 11 and 12.

River Region Art Association is pleased to announce the winners of the Awesome Art Exhibition 2014. Open to all ages, students and adults, the judged show was held October 11 and 12 at Gonzales City Hall.

Oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, photography, and three-dimensional items were some of the 183 pieces of artwork on display from artists throughout the areas. Renowned artists Louise Hansen, Gene Bachman, and Jim Blanchard were the judges and Diane Tygier served as exhibition chairwoman.

“There was a great mixture of all media.  The largest amount of entries came from students, ages 6 to 18, from Ascension Parish schools.  I was most pleased by the variety of entries and the quality of works.  The three judges were equally impressed and said the arrangement of the exhibit made the judging very easy. Over all, I was pleased with the attendance and especially with the excitement of the children over their experience in the show,” says Tygier.

The exhibition was part of the two-day Awesome Art on the Bayou Festival held in Gonzales. It included arts, crafts, and food booths along the banks of Bayou Francois in Jambalaya Park and local entertainment on the Jambalaya Stage. “With free admission and plenty of activities for the entire family, we estimate an attendance of 2,800 this year. On behalf of River Region Art Association, I want to thank the City of Gonzales, the Parish of Ascension, and all our volunteers who helped make this festival, now in its 8th year, a great success,” says John Robbins, festival chairman.

The winners of the exhibition are:

Adult Painting: 1st - Cole Williams, 2nd - Diane Tygier, 3rd - Gaynell Moore, HM- Courtney Hawkin

Adult Photography: 1st - Kim Welsh, 2nd – K. C. Kuhnert, 3rd – Amy Villenure Gautreau, HM – Amy Villenure Gautreau

Adult Drawing: 1st - Cole Williams, 2nd – Leianna Funck, 3rd – Cole Williams, HM – Tiffany Bell

Adult Three-Dimensional: 1st - Colin Berthelot, 2nd – L. J. Mayers, 3rd – Cindi McMurray, HM – Irwin Bergeron

Youth 12-17 Painting: 1st - Jordyn Blazier, 2nd – Emily Millet, 3rd – Ashlen Parks, HM – Claire Hook

Youth 12-17 Photography: 1st – Jordyn Blazier, 2nd Mason Sanders, 3rd – Mason Sanders, HM – Noah Hoover

Youth 12-17 Drawing: 1st - Lacey Bowman, 2nd – Lacey Bowman, 3rd – Josh Poirrier, HM – Chris Bourgeois

Youth 6-11 Painting: 1st - Julia Trumps, 2nd – Grace Bateman, 3rd – Alexander Purdy, HM – Tabitha Destillier

Youth 6-11 Photography: 1st – Delaney Madare, 2nd – Delaney Madere

Youth 6-11 Drawing: 1st - Dakota Dawson, 2nd – Julia Trumps, 3rd – Julia Trumps, HM – Dana Diaz

Youth 6-11 Three-Dimensional: 1st - Wryn Williamson, 2nd – Ben Fu, 3rd – Jordan Morvant, HM – Zachary Grubs

The River Region Art Association, founded in 1993, is the area’s leading regional art organization. Its mission is to bring artists and arts advocates together to improve public awareness of all art forms. The association supports local artists, promotes the arts in the community, and provides educational opportunities for emerging and established artists, students, and the general public.

River Region Art Association is funded in part through the generosity of individuals and area businesses, and the Parish of Ascension and through in-kind support from the City of Gonzales and Houmas House Plantation. It is also supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.