First juried show held at Graceful Arts Gallery


November 8, 2020

Those touring the Graceful Arts Gallery during Alva's First Friday Art Walk usually expect to see a few selected artists featured. The November exhibit is different with a variety of artists and media on display. This month the gallery is holding their Biennial Juried Show with artists receiving awards in several categories.

Kyle Larson, associate professor of art at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, judged the entries. Friday night, he presented awards to the artists able to attend the gathering. Afterward, visitors were invited to talk with the artists about their work while enjoying the provided refreshments. The winners and entries may be seen at Graceful Arts Gallery and Studios in Alva during November.

People's choice winner Brenda Calhoon Sheik of Okeene used to live in Alva and enjoyed catching up with friends. Her late father Dean Calhoon was Alva's city manager in the 1980s.

Following is a complete list of winners:

Oil Painting: First place Whitney Buxton, "Fantasizing;" honorable mention Nick Hill, "Nick Lee-Patrick Scott"

Photography: First place Valarie Case, "Storm's a Comin';" Honorable mention Angelia Case, "Sunset Near Alva"

Acrylic Painting: First Place Joshua Garett, "Young Chulv Caught Between the Parallels of Civility and Heleswv" (Muskogee Creek language); honorable mention Trace Logan, "Man with Color Spectrum"

Drawing/Mixed Media: First place Ana Diaz, "Flushed Canopy;" honorable Mention Kelsey Grigg, "Foxes and Cicadas"

Sculpture: First Place Zo Oxford, "Cross Sections of Mo;" honorable mention Ashleigh Parker, "Femoral Fixture"

Best of Show: Zo Oxford, "Cross Sections of Mo"

People's Choice: Brenda Calhoon Sheik, "South by Southwest"


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