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McDonough Arts winners announced at Winsor Gallery


By Alice Cunningham
Times Correspondent 

  McDonough Arts kicked off its 2013 season last Friday evening with its 6th annual Juried Art competition and members’ reception. The popular event was hosted by Winsor Gallery, located on the historic Square in McDonough. The gallery overflowed with art enthusiasts who mingled, and seemed to enjoy the ambience.

Denis Byrd won 3rd place at the McDonough Arts 6th annual Juried Art Show for his oil painting, “A Little Bit Of Color.”

Photo by Alice Cunningham

  Colorful paintings adorned every wall, including works of art that were being judged.

   McDonough Arts President, Jea Gackowski, thanked everyone in attendance for recognizing the importance of these types of events.

  “Many families depend on these outings so they can understand and begin to appreciate art,” said  Gackowski. “We have really begun seeing the art community mature and grow.” 

   Board members came forward  and the award criteria were explained. Judging was based on creativity, originality, quality, design and overall impression of the art.

  A few people sipped wine and munched on the complimentary refreshments. Most of the crowd spoke softly, seemingly in anticipation of learning the identities of the winners.

  First Place was awarded to Mike England who won the top prize for his watercolor painting, “Sleeping Horses,” which depicts an antique truck in a clay field, near Hog Mountain, Georgia, according to England. He describes himself as a self-taught artist, who paints in watercolor and gauche. He said inspiration for the title of this award winner, was the idea of this worn-out truck, that used to have “horsepower,” put out to pasture.

   Second Place went to James (Jimmy) Etheridge, who resides in the Atlanta area. His late, beloved dog, Maggie, inspired his acrylic painting, “Sweet Maggie.” Etheridge said that he works primarily in a realistic style.

    Denis Byrd of Locust Grove captured Third Place with his 30” x 30” oil painting, “A Little Bit of Color.” Byrd who is a member of the Oil Painters of America considers himself “a modern Romantic seeking to capture the emotion or feeling of a subject above all else.”

    “Best in Show” went to contemporary impressionist painter, and McDonough resident, Brandi Hickman for her 24” x 24” oil painting entitled, “Wildflowers.”

  McDonough Arts awarded more than one thousand dollars to these winning artists.

   According to Vicki Anglyn, McDonough Arts Board member and owner of Winsor Gallery, the number of participating artists has more than doubled since 2008 when the first juried art competition was held.

  “In the past few years, Henry County has experienced an explosion of inspired, artistic talent,” said Anglyn.

   The Winsor Gallery is located at 34 Macon St. in McDonough. For more information on any of the artists listed, visit or contact Vicki Anglyn at 770-957-7292.



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