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Friends Gallery visitors make Lexington artist their ‘People’s Choice,’ RCCAA’s best-of-show equivalent

Despite the poor weather, 270 people visited the Farris Arts District Friends Gallery during the Mushroom Festival to view area entries in photography and art.
This year’s Ray County Community Arts Association show drew an additional 65 people during two other weekends the entries were displayed, Event Coordinator Melinda White said.
People who passed through the gallery were also asked to vote on their favorite entry. Lexington artist Zahra Jahanyfard won the People’s Choice award for her charcoal “Wisdom,” which depicts an old man. Jahanyfard won $100 as the top vote-getter.
In addition to placing first in Charcoal, Jahanyfard won two other categories, Oils and Pastels.
Organizers of the event also held a raffle drawing for two tickets to the play “Nunsense” Aug. 9, 10-11 at the Farris Theatre and a dinner for two at Hometown Pizza. Kaela Anderson of Richmond was the winner.
The following art and photography entries won awards at this year’s show:

Charcoal, Zahra Jahanyfard, “Wisdom,” 1st; Kay Goring, “The Passing,” 2nd.
China, Dorothy Stevens, “The Nativity,” 1st.
Clay Pottery, Spencer Barr, “Fun Guy,” 1st; Barr, “Jaws,” 2nd.
Needlework, Shawna Stormbaugh, “Advent Scarf,” 1st; Laurel Kindley, “United in Love,” 2nd.
Sculpture, John Michael Furgeson, “Day Dream,” 1st.
Acrylics, Furgeson, “Kheperi,” 1st; Barbara Akers, “Watkins Mill Lake,” 2nd; Ferguson, “Psykhe,” 3rd.
Mixed Media, Akers, “Jazz It Up Again,” 1st; Jahanyfard, “Flower Garden,” 2nd; Janice Hodgeman, “Dragonfly,” 3rd.
Oils, Jahanyfard, “Peace,” 1st; Kim Rasco, “Butterfly in the Garden,” 2nd; Kat McKown, “Sunday at Grahms,” 3rd.
Pencil Drawing, “Dusty,” Kay Goring, 1st.
Pastels, Jahanyfard, “Tribal,” 1st; Eric Arnold, “Soybeans in Sunshine Bottoms,” 2nd; Kat McKown, “Blues Man,” 3rd.
Stained Glass, Keeven & Vickie Buhrmeister, “Oval Blue Iris,” 1st; Buhrmeister, “Mauve Angel,” 2nd; Buhrmeister, “Yellow Trumpet Angel,” 3rd.
Watercolors, Akers, “Hanging Out,” 1st; Arnold, “Coming from the West,” 2nd; Laura DeYarman, “The Girls,” 3rd.
Color Photography – Wildlife, Julie Nilges, “Perched,” 1st; Jessica Cooper, “Sweet Tooth,” 2nd; Philip Anderson, “What’s for Lunch,” 3rd.
Color Photography – Landscape, Nilges, “Nature’s Beauty,” 1st; Jan Leakey, “Reaching for the Sun,” 2nd; Nilges, “Heaven’s Rays,” 3rd.
Color Photography – Misc., Jessica Cooper, “Texture,” 1st; Samantha Williams, “Water Balloons,” 2nd; Cooper, “Camo,” 3rd.
Photography – Black & White, Scott Johnson, “Carousel,” 1st; Johnson, “The Bridge,” 2nd; Johnson, “The Depot,” 3rd.
Photoshop – Williams, “Water Flower,” 1st; Cooper, “Beauty,” 2nd; Williams, “Plasticity,” 3rd.
Woodworking – Akers, “Open Invitation,” 1st; Sarah Akers, “Rose,” 2nd.

– David Knopf, Richmond News

37 entries – a substantial improvement over last year’s total of 75. In addition to awarding ribbons to the top entries in several categories, organizers asked visitors to vote for their overall favorite. Lexington artist Zahra Jahanyfard was winner of the People’s Choice prize. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

37 entries – a substantial improvement over last year’s total of 75. In addition to awarding ribbons to the top entries in several categories, organizers asked visitors to vote for their overall favorite. Lexington artist Zahra Jahanyfard was winner of the People’s Choice prize. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

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