Clarksville, TN – Artists and art fans packed the Wilma Rudolph Event Center on Thursday for the opening event of Clarksville’s 2019 Riverfest, the 32nd Annual Riverfest Juried Art Show.
The juried art show showcased works by local professionals, amateurs and aspiring artists in four divisions: Professional, Amateur, Senior, and Youth. The artwork was judged by Bettye Holte and Jacqueline Crouch, and the winners were announced at a reception Thursday evening, September 5th.
Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts was on hand to present this year’s award winners.
First place winners in the Youth Division were:
2D Mixed Media – Kaitlyn McKay, 3D Sculpture & Fiber Arts – Lena Stanley, Drawing -Vanessa Taylor Brooks, Painting – Nadine Duessler, and Photography & Digital Media – Clayton Allen. Best of Show went to Nadine Duessler of Rossview High School.
First Place winners in the Senior Division were:
2D Mixed Media – Kitty Hale, and Painting – Carolyn Loyd. Best of Show went to Kitty Hale.
First Place winners in the Amateur Division were:
2D Mixed Media – Roxanna Lawdonski, Drawing – Gracie Barrett, Painting – Alicia Nodas, and Photography & Digital Media – Amanda Blount. First Place overall went to Alicia Noda.
First Place winners in the Professional Division were:
2D Mixed Media – Symphony Medley, 3D Sculpture & Fiber Arts – Jennifer Shelto, Painting – John Sharp and Photography & Digital Media – Stephen Schlegel. First Place overall went to Stephen Schlegel.
Best in Show
Adult Division went to John Sharp for his painting 23Diesel.
“This is acrylic on gesso board,” Sharp said. “I’ve been painting this type of material for about ten years. I do a lot of exterior buildings, architecture, and signs Texture is a huge part of my work. I look for things that are forgotten, things that have been tucked, away left behind, and piled up in corners.”
Sharp said he and his wife happened upon the subject of this painting while walking in Nashville.
“We were walking down one of the streets when we noticed this gas station around the corner,” Sharp said. “It was hiding in the shadows. As I turned the corner I saw a little light was shining on this rusty gas pump and I said, oh my goodness look at that.”