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Sculpture takes best of show at art exhibit

Retired Connersville High School art teacher Enola Delaney places the Advanced Division Best of Show ribbon on her sculpture, "Grace," at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association Regional Art Exhibition opening Friday.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

Few seemed at all surprised when Hector Perez named the winner of Best of Show in the advanced category in the Regional Art Exhibition Friday.

Enola Delaney's three-piece sculpture called "Grace" received the honor in the Whitewater Valley Arts Association's regional show.

"'An award juror walks a fine line. It is a very difficult task,'" Perez read from the comments by the judge, Larry Sexton. "Not everyone participating can be a winner. In this exhibition, there were many pieces that were very, very good, whose work demonstrates considerable merit and skill, but yet did not make the cut."

He looked for creativity, a sense of inventiveness, original thinking, risk taking, artistic ambition, sensitivity to materials and avoidance of cliches, Perez, an arts association member, said.

Those who placed received more than $1,000 in awards, said Kathy Stuedle.

First place in advanced went to Kathy Hunter for her acrylic and charcoal painting, "Incline." Second went to Kathy Bird for "Summertime," an acrylic work, and third to Rex Godfrey for his "Twelve Days of Christmas" wood sculpture.

In the amateur category, Anita Crull received first for her acrylic painting "Ever Had One of Those Days." Waneta Purvis won second place for her acrylic painting "Fantasy." Third place went to Nancy Bowen for "Roses Outside My Window." 

Janine Hurd had the best of show for her mixed media collage of "Contentment."

As people looked at his work, Godfrey asked, "Did you sing the song?" He made one sculpture for each of his children.

Curtis Potters Sr. said people often look at the artwork as what would look good in their home. The show was really good, he said.

"I admire everybody's talent," Terri Cochran said.

Delaney said her sculpture took about 12 weeks, including six hours just on the hands.

She did it three parts, some on a potters wheel and some, like the head, molded separately. The face is modeled after no one in particular.

"I have only done about 12 sculptures in my life but this has been in my head for a year," she said. "I have two more ready to go." 

For $2,500, the sculpture can belong to someone. If no one buys it, Grace will be sold at the Indiana State Fair.

The show will be on display through the first week in June at 402 Central Ave.