Sault art gallery hosting competitive art show this month

SAULT STE. MARIE — Whether in the form of paint, photography, fabric or another medium, artists of all kinds competed to have their work displayed in this year’s local art show. The juried art show is an annual tradition for the Sault Area Arts Council, one that gives artists from […]

SAULT STE. MARIE — Whether in the form of paint, photography, fabric or another medium, artists of all kinds competed to have their work displayed in this year’s local art show.

The juried art show is an annual tradition for the Sault Area Arts Council, one that gives artists from all over Michigan the chance to show off their skills. Every year, artists submit up to three art pieces of any medium to be judged by an appointed juror for a chance to have their work displayed in the month-long gallery show.

This year, 28 pieces from 11 different artists were chosen for the gallery show. They are currently on display in both the main and secondary gallery of the Alberta House.

“We try to to include at least one piece for each artist submitting this year, to encourage participation in a local area,” said show organizer Shena Sloboda. “It’s a wide variety. There is photography, there’s oil painting, acrylic painting, there’s fiber art.”

Of those 28, six were chosen by the juror to be recognized. They were ranked in first through third place, and the remaining three were given honorable mentions.

Judy Merrill-Smith won the $300 first place prize for “Fragmented Skies,” a three dimensional fiber art piece.

Judy Merrill-Smith's "Fragmented Skies."

The second place $200 prize went to artist Paul Rose for his photography piece “White on White Red Canoe.”

Paul Rose's "White on White Red Canoe."

Third place and $100 went to Paulette Attie for her fiber art piece called “Superior Loon.”

Paulette Attie's "Superior Loon."

The three runner ups did not win any prizes but did receive honorable mentions. They include photographer Phil Bellfy for “Hydraulic Reflection,” Alpaca Pencil for the acrylic piece “Master of the Skies,” and Stefanie Moran for the oil on linen piece “Tugboat.”

Every year, the arts council allows one of their featured artists to be chosen for an invitational award. The invitational award is given out by the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba, and the winning artist will have their piece displayed in the Bonifas studio gallery in April and May 2023.

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