Artists win $2,500 at Kimberley Arts on the Edge

The annual exhibitions at Centre 64 were judged last weekend in Kimberley

Left: Tony and Twila Austin donated the prize for first place in the Emerging Artist category to Amy Cornelson. Right: Anton Zanesco (right) took first place in the Established Artists category

Left: Tony and Twila Austin donated the prize for first place in the Emerging Artist category to Amy Cornelson. Right: Anton Zanesco (right) took first place in the Established Artists category

Mike Redfern

The winning entries in the Arts on the Edge 2013 exhibitions for established and emerging artists garnered a total of $2,595 for 16 winning artists.

The exhibitions are presently showing in the Gallery at Centre 64 until Saturday, Aug. 31.

Adjudicated by a panel of judges comprised of professional artists Angelique Gillespie and Jeannette Oostlander and art instructor Karen Diebert, the prizes were awarded to paintings, sculpture, fibre arts, photography, stained glass, and digital art.

A total of 100 artworks were entered in the two exhibitions, the largest entry in the exhibition’s eight-year history, and included pieces by artists from Calgary and West Kootenay/Kootenay Boundary as well as from the East Kootenay.

Kimberley painter Anton Zanesco, a previous winner at Arts on the Edge, took first prize in the established category with his huge colourful canvas, Ave Verum Vortex.

Second prize went to Kimberley sculptor Rob Toller, who won last year’s Arts on the Edge, for his dramatic steel and stone sculpture, Inception. This unique piece was bought by a Kimberley couple during the Friday night gala reception.

Third prize in the established category went to Darlene Purnell, also a previous Arts on the Edge prize winner, for her exquisitely sewn fibre picture, Herons.

Eight Honorable Mention cash prizes were awarded to the following established artists: Colin Bell for the watercolour Lundbreck Falls; Simon Haiduk for his digital painting, Tree Wings; Lori Joe for her acrylic painting, Evolution of Mickey Mouse Houses; Jim Lawrence for his bear photograph, At Attention; Lynne Luker for her acrylic painting of a lion, Savannah Summer; Samantha Millard for her oil painting, Echoes of the Hill; Asha Robertson for her mixed media work, With You; and Darcy Wanuk, for her fibre costume, Baby Doll.

The first prize in the emerging artists exhibition went to Amy Cornelson for her detailed drawing, The Innocence of Youth.

The stained glass panel, Carousel, by Diane Mckee won the second prize, and Steen Jorgensen’s glowing oil painting, Still Life with Onion, Garlic, & Cherries, won the third prize.

Two honorable mention cash prizes went to Clare Acford for her photograph, Signs of Life, and to Kimberley student Antonia Sullivan for her watercolour, Japanese Woman.

Visitors to the exhibition through out the month can cast their votes for the People’s Choice award, a $150 prize which will be awarded for the piece receiving the most votes by Aug. 31.

The Gallery at Centre 64 is open from 1 – 5 p.m. daily from Tuesday to Saturday inclusive.