Award Winning Art – A Fresh Look

Art Competition and Exhibit
at Southern Arts Society in Kings Mountain

July 21 – Aug 24, 2018

Southern Arts Society announced winners for A Fresh Look art competition at a public reception on Saturday night, July 21st.  Artists from around the region entered their best work to compete for prizes at this unique venue housed in the historic Southern Railway Depot. There was no theme for this show, so artwork represents a wide variety of subject matter, from landscapes and pet portraits to abstracts. The eighty-nine works of art entered include paintings in all media – oil, acrylic, colored pencil and mixed media, along with photography and ceramics. Artists were asked to show their most recent works taking a fresh look at the world around them; to try a new style; or a new medium; drawing ideas from real life to their wildest imagination.

Judge Sharon Dowell had the difficult task of selecting winners from this year’s competition. Ms. Dowell is a painter, public artist and Arts Instructor at the Community School of the Arts in Charlotte, NC. Dowell participates in artist residencies internationally and has work in many corporate and private collections. She obtained her Masters in Arts Administration from Winthrop University in 2017 and earned a BFA from UNC Charlotte in 2002. A native Houstonian, she has resided in Charlotte for 18 years.

Ms. Dowell selected first, second and third place prizes along with three merit awards.:

  • First Place was awarded to C. M. “Kit” Kakassy for her acrylic piece Beyond the Tangible.
  • Second Place went to James L. Norman for his oil painting Hatteras Afternoon.
  • Third Place went to Ben Godfrey for his photograph Mt. St. Helen
  • Merit Awards were given to Sara Setzer for Caladiums with Two Jacks, Lori McAdams for Man’s Fedora and Eric Ray for Twilek with the Death Star Earring.

A Fresh Look and Trail will be on display in the galleries of Southern Arts Society through August 24, 2018.