aIRON MOUNTAIN - More than 50 exhibitors provided a wide variety of fine art displays for the public to enjoy and purchase at Art for All on Saturday at Bay College's West Campus.
More than $1,000 was awarded to this year's participating artists. Photographer Edward Holland's work was selected as Best in Show. The First National Bank and Trust of Iron Mountain sponsored the accompanying $175 prize.
The $175 People's Choice Award was sponsored Northern Michigan Bank and was won by Norma Deyaert whose work was also added to the Bay College Collection via the Collection Award from the Lawrence Hartwig Endowment Fund. Her work will be displayed at Bay College-West.
The Most Promising New Artist Award of $125 went to Angela Carter for her unique jewelry pieces, compliments of Dr. Robert and Mary Baker. Chelsey Wahoviak was awarded The Student Best of Show and will receive $25 in art supplies from Stevens Decorating and Framing.
Awards of Excellence were also given out at the 44th annual show. The first place artists were: James Giddings, wood; Norma Deyaert, watercolor painting; Steve Wysocki, acrylic painting; Chris Greenwood, pottery; Nova, Neri and Chris MacKentley, photography; Julia Rzepka, miscellaneous (pen and ink maps);Alysa Diebolt, glass; and Theresa Wallington, fiber.
The First Place Awards of Excellence earned each artist $75. Sponsoring these awards were: Iron Mountain/Kingsford Community Credit Union; Forward Financial; First National Bank of Niagara; Dr V. and Sashi Mahadev; John and Myrna Schon; Dickinson County Healthcare System; Stephenson GMAC Real Estate; and two by Dickinson County Council for the Arts.
Vocalists, musicians, and performers offered a variety of entertainment throughout the day. Demonstrations by artists from I Am Art gave everyone a chance to see how wheel-thrown-pottery pieces are produced. Children and their parents had fun painting masks. The Silent Auction raised funds that will be used for art education programs sponsored by the Dickinson County Council for the Arts.
Artists who completed show evaluations and participants who voted for their favorite artist for People's Choice were entered into drawings for gas cards. The participant winners were Gary Bryant of Vulcan, Brandi Matonich, also of Vulcan, and Bev Marchetti of Norway. The artist/vendor winners were Ken Host and Adam Stankevich. Congratulations to all of the winners.
"The Art for All Committee extends its thanks to the public for their participation and patronage of the exhibitors, to the media for excellent coverage, to Bay College staff and students and all who volunteered, to Champion, Inc. which provided exhibitor parking, to Econo Foods, Fine Imaging, Home Depot, Smith Castings, Super One Foods, Wal-Mart, and Zeman Graphic Design for materials, supplies, and assistance," a committee spokesperson said.