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Art Guild holds Jury exhibition

Artists gathered at the Selma Art Guild on Sunday for the award presentation for their Summer Juried Art Exhibition.

Around 30 artists submitted multiple pieces of art created with different mediums including photography, mixed media and 3-D art.

The show was juried by Jim Gunter, an artist based in Montgomery. Gunter has taught visual arts in the Montgomery Public School system for 32 years and recently retired from Saint James School as Art Department Head and visual art teacher for the past 13 years.

“It was a pleasure judging the Selma Art Guild Summer show,” said Gunter. “The variety of the work is a tribute to the many talented artists in the Selma Art Guild. The winners caught my eye quickly and continue to excite me.”

The awards were divided into five categories: opaque, transparent, photography, 3-D and mixed media.

In the Opaque division, Judie Hooks took first place with her piece, “Wade and Hopper,” Jacquelyn Armstrong took second place with “Chinese Brushes” and Durand Seay took third place with “Efflorescent Delight.”

In the Transparent division, Gena Clements took first place with her piece “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Which Fish?” Second place went to Carol Barksdale for her piece “Paris Café” and third place went to Russell Everett with his piece “LA/NF Billboards: Blue Crabs.”

In in the Photography category, won first and second place with his pieces “Footprints in the Sand” and “Lane’s Cove” with Georgia Ann Banks-Martin winning third place with her piece “Escapees.”

In the 3-D category, first place went to Tristin Gish with his creation “Pitiful-Plastered-Predator Pistons.” Second place went to Libby Christensen with “Tallassee Now and Then” and Mary Patton Sims won third place with “MP Design.”

Everett also took the Best of Show award with “Rattlesnakes (Melons).”

In Mixed Media, Everett took first and second place with “LA/NF Billboards: Clown Fish” and “LA/NF Billboards: Snappers” and Rich Richardson taking third place with “Chief Bull.”

For some this was their first time presenting any type of art work.

Laura Daniels just started painting and making art not too long ago, and uses mediums such as a barn wall wood and cabinet doors to paint on.

She submitted three pieces: a mixed media piece called “First Blood” and two acrylic paintings called “Awaiting Master’s Call” and “Glimpses of Bygone Days.”

“I’ve drawn a few pictures in my life,” she said. “I never thought I could paint. I had like five oil paint colors when I did these. These five oil paints were ones I had when my kids were still living at home. It is a blessing to me no matter what. I just enjoy doing it.”

The next art show will feature Cindy Anderson in July.

On Saturday, July 7, there will be a meeting at the guild at Noon, and a reception on July 8 featuring Anderson from 2 – 4 p.m.

The Selma Art Guild is a non-profit artist cooperative founded in 1970. Membership categories include exhibiting (sitting) which are members who display work that sits at the gallery, and exhibiting (non-sitting) which allows members to display work and pay $10 per month for a hanging fee. There also is a non-exhibiting supporter membership who are able to side at the gallery as an option.

New member, renewing member and exhibiting (sitting) fees are $35 and exhibiting (non-sitting) is $35 plus $10 per month.

Supporter fees are $35 and donors are $50. Patron fees are $100, benefactor is $250 and Corporate is $500 and up.

The guild is located at 508 Selma Ave.

For more information, call 334-874-9017 or visit their Facebook page.