By Michele Dotson firstname.lastname@example.org
The winners for the Mint Hill Arts show were announced on Friday, December 13, at 8 pm. The gallery was filled to capacity for the opening of the annual Bill and Ann Litaker judged art show.
The entire show was judged by Eldred P. Hudson, Head of the Art Department at UNCC. Hudson spent over four hours at the gallery meticulously studying and documenting each piece. He then spent two days sifting through his notes before making his final recommendations. Hudson also prepared written comments on all winning pieces.
The show was open to a wide range of genre, including water media, photography, painting (oils, acrylics and pastels), three-dimensional multimedia including drawing, graphics, and alcohol inks.
Several honorable mentions were awarded in each category, as well as first, second and third place prizes.
Awards were made possible through the generous efforts of local business and anonymous donors.
The 2013 Bill and Ann Litaker Best in Show Award was presented to artist Christopher Pariano for his figurative painting called “Future in Repose.”
Pariano received two other awards in the show; Second place for a watercolor painting titled “Disorder,” and first place in the Acrylic/Pastel/Oil category for his painting “Self Portrait in Black Hood.”
Pariano is a recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, and had spent time while in high school studying with Mint Hill Arts artist Larry Ferguson.