Nature Art Showcase winners announced

From staff reports

Attendees at the fifth annual Nature Art Showcase and Sale cast ballots for the People’s Choice award

Deac Mong of Franklin stands by his work titled “Big Bear.” The work was the winner of the People’s Choice award at the fifth annual Nature Art Showcase and Sale held last weekend in Franklin. (Submitted photo)

while they viewed more than 100 original art items submitted by 60 artists and displayed in the main lobby of the Barrow-Civic Theatre in downtown Franklin during the Franklin On Ice festival.

The top vote-getter with 49 votes was an oil-on-canvas painting by Deac Mong of Franklin titled “Big Bear.” The large eye-catching painting focuses on the head of a mature bear.

The runner-up in the People’s Choice award was Michael Henderson of Titusville, who entered the contest with a digital photo produced on metal titled “Lakeshore Tunnel.” The photograph captured frozen icicles and other formations inside a long-abandoned railroad tunnel which the Lakeshore Railroad constructed by burrowing into the steep hillside on the west bank of the mouth of Oil Creek in Oil City.

The annual event is sponsored by the Council on Greenways and Trails and Penn Soil RC&D Council.

The free public event was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.