Annual art competition recognizes local talent

Dana Estes’s meticulous collage took Best of Show at the 12th Annual Union Arts Council’s Competitive Art Exhibition Saturday.
Estes was one of dozens of local artists who submitted work in one or more of seven categories, including amateur and professional photo, professional and amateur painting , professional drawing, professional two-dimensional fine art and amateur three-dimensional fine art. A separate category was open to youth in grades 9-12.
The show was judged by Louisiana artist Jay Davis, renown for his exquisitely detailed paintings and drawings of Louisiana’s natural beauty. Prior to becoming a fulltime artist, Davis worked for more than a decade as a lead character animator for Walt Disney Studios in California. His animation work can be seen in the films Dinosaur, The Huntsman: Winter’s War and others.
Musicians Marianna and Anna Easley performed piano and violin music during the exhibit.
The family of Bastrop artist Ricky Cox, a former first place winner in the Union Arts Council competition who died in 2021, donated several pieces of Cox’s distinctive geometric style paintings to be sold during the competition to raise money for the arts council.
The competition was sponsored by Gold Sponsor, The Dean of Flowers; Silver Sponsors, Union General Hospital, Cooter’s Bait and Tackle (Leslie and Kenny Cobb), Joel Taylor, Sheriff Dusty Gates, Origin Bank, Kilpatrick Funeral Homes, Janet Fortenberry State Farm, and the Town of Farmerville.
Patron Sponsors included Dawn Fraser, LLC and District Attorney John Belton. Support sponsors included Enviro Services and Big Star.

Judge Jay Davis poses with members of the Union Arts Council following the 12th Annual Union Arts Council Competitive Art Exhibition.

Art Show Winners 2024
Amateur Photo
1st Place – Mark McKown
2nd Place – Tammy McKown
3rd Place – Tammy McKown
Honorable Mention – Joyce Grier

Art show judge Jay Davis said you rarely see a collage that achieves the level of detail found in Dana Estes’ Best of Show meticulous rendering of a dog’s face. Davis noted that choosing the correct medium for a particular piece often is what separates good art from exceptional art. In this case, Estes’s use of college produces the illusion of animation in the dog’s face.

Professional Photo
1st Place – Diane Horton
2nd Place – Diane Horton
3rd Place – Diane Horton
Honorable Mention – Diane Horton

1st Place, Professional Photography, Diane Horton

Professional Drawing
1st Place – David Taylor
2nd Place – Destiny Brett

1st Place and People’s Choice winner, Amateur three-dimensional, Janice Gates.

Amateur Painting
1st Place – Pam Hallman
2nd Place – Pam Hallman
3rd Place – Wanda Rae Jones
Amateur Painting
1st Place – Tina Roush
2nd Place – Terry Baker
3rd Place -Allyson Crow
Honorable Mention – Tina Roush

1st Place, Amateur Photo, Mark McKown

Professional 2-D
1st Place – Kerry Carraway
2nd Place – Wanda Rae Jones

1st Place, Amateur Painting, Tina Roush

Amateur 3-D
1st Place – Janice Gates
2nd Place – Paula Olds

Youth Art Winners
1st Place – Aurora Humphries
2nd Place – Aurora Humphries
3rd Place – Sophie Gautreaux

Best of Show – Dana Estes
People’s Choice Award – Janice Gates, wooden bowl

Mixed Media – Best of Show – Dana Estes

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