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Lovano-Kerr is top artist

Photography—what’s on display and the winning entries—is dominating the Artsfest artists show currently on display at the Firehouse Center and Gallery.

The artists were honored at a reception Friday evening at the gallery. The artists recognized included the school students, members of the Decatur County Artists Guild who have a show, and the artists who were picked to display their works in the Jimmy Harrell Gallery.

Lynda Todaro, the chairman of the Riverside Artsfest, read a statement from the juror of the show, Esther M. Tubbs, who said basic considerations determined the choices of the work selected, which included originality, creativity, good usage of the medium, color, design, composition and content that gives a clear message of what the artist wants to “say” to the viewer.

First place went to Jessie Lovano-Kerr of Tallahassee, Fla., for her photograph, “Blue Gate.” She said she took the it in Greek Islands.

Larry Fuchs won second place for “Pompano Joe’s,” a photograph.

William H. McKeown won third place for his watercolor, “Two Tied.”

Evelyn Knight was given the Decatur County Artist Award for her acrylic, “Rob’s Choice.”

Four honorable mentions were awarded to the following: Mark Atwater for his photograph, “Fighin’ Jakes”; Bobby Gilbert for his photograph, “All Work Cash”; Guilbert Jones for his turned wood that is maple with ebonized cherry collar, “Red Maple Hollow Form”; and Gary Kipp’s photograph, “The Long Walk Home.”

The Decatur County Artist Guild awards went to Kathy Ketterer, first place; Pat Barssett won second, and Bob Hester won third place.