June Shepherd has done it again.This Medford artist has taken best in show at the 38th annual Upper Rogue Artists Critique Luncheon held at the Red Lion on April 4.
She took top honors with her amazingly life-like Man in Overalls as judged by Theresa Schleigh.With the same piece, she also took first place in the Professional Oils category.No stranger to the competition, Shari Dinardi finished with both a second and third place in the professional oils.Dinardi has distinguished herself asmaster of light with her paintings that suggest peaceful settings.
Pat Rebella won a first place ribbon for a sunset painting very much liked by Schleigh.Second behind Rebella was long-time entrant Audrey Sather.Sather differed from her usual floral settings to a cattle drive in Waco Texas, a remembrance of where she grew up amongst the cattle.Dorothy Dierks finished third in the category with a mountain scene.Dierks and Sather are both from Shady Cove and long time members of the Upper Rogue Artists.
Dixie Kinser took first place with an abstract in the professional acrylic category.Schleigh admitted it was not her style, but felt the piece would make a great office accoutrement.
B. J. Mathis was the top winner with a mountain meadow in the original Acrylic category.Following her were Joe Riker with a sunlit barn and Carloine Stancliff with a mountain scenic.
Alice Berger useda small piece she had done for one of the monthly exercises as her entry into multimedia and came away with the first place ribbon.
Linda Evans entry into the Professionsl Pastel was good enough to win her a first prize over Leona Haiker’s Hound Dog and Joe Riker’s river scenic.
June Shepherd’s still life was top winner in Professional Watercolor.This work was so life-like, it was barely distinguishable from a photo.Tony Antonides sand dunes were second place and Dixie Kinser’s winter abstract finished third in the category.
Carolyn Stancliff was top winner in Original Watercolor followed by Nanci Alexander with her southwest theme.
Several students from New Dimension Christian School in Medford entered theri art work and several impressed the judge.McKenzie took first place with a rose followed by Jerrod with a floral arrangement and Shannon with a ship.
In recent years, the number of participants and entries has seen a decline, but the quality of the work continues to improve.
By Ralph McKechnie