2 men tie for People’s Choice Award at Nature Art Showcase

From staff reports

Hydetown’s Scott Smith and Clarion’s Frank Bouch tied for first place for the People’s Choice Award at the Nature Art Showcase and Sale held last weekend at the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin.

Attendees at the eighth annual event viewed more than 140 original art items in the main lobby of the Barrow that were submitted by 56 artists.

Smith and Bouch both received 46 votes for their artwork.

Smith’s “Catch and Release” is a welded metal sculpture showing two bass swimming among wood branches and cattails.

Bouch used slate, barnwood, glass and cut stone to create “Quiet Time,” which depicts a place of worship to which he added interior illumination.

Both men received as their prize stoneware that was made and donated by Cheri Yarnell, part of Moonrise Porcelain & Stoneware.

This year’s runner-up for People’s Choice, Barb Makohus of Centerville, earned 45 votes, just one fewer than the first-place winners.

Makohus’ “Owl in the Woods” is a three-dimension multi-media entry using a cross-section of a hollowed log as a circular frame within which she made and attached stained glass to show a full moon and an owl on a wooden branch.

Makohus enjoys incorporating glass with found or discarded items.

The gift presented to her was a custom tabletop frame donated by Victorian City Art & Frame.

There were numerous sponsors for the event, which was held in conjunction with Franklin on Ice.

For more details, visit www.nwpagreenways.org.