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Art show has come a long way

January 04, 1998

Art show has come a long way

By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

Staff Writer

Betty Heck remembers when the Valley Art Association's annual show at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts was held downstairs and didn't involve awards.

"We've come a long way," said Heck, 69, of Hagerstown, who said she has been submitting work to the show since 1980.

The retired interior designer won third place this year for her watercolor titled "My Dogwood."

The painting is among 32 pieces of art created by association members that made it into the show this year, said Jane Wilson, president of the Valley Art Association.

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All of the association's roughly 130 members - who come from Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia - are invited to submit work for the annual show, Wilson said.

But only a limited number of pieces make it past the jury, she said.

"It's a goal to create a painting that would be juried for this show. It's something you work for all year," said Heck, who said she has won awards in past years and has gotten a number of commissions for other work.

The show is a great way to let people know that the art association exists while exposing members' work to possible buyers, Wilson said.

"It's a golden opportunity for us," said Wilson, who said eight pieces were sold during last year's show.

It also attracts visitors up the hill to the Mansion House, also in Hagerstown City Park, where association members' work can be viewed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Other award winners were: Lonnie Jenkins, best of show, for his watercolor "Osaka Flowering Cabbage and White Kale;" Laura Lewis Shindle, first place, for her watercolor "Beauty on the Fourth;" Donna Bingaman, second place, for her pastel &Safe;" and Steve Golya, honorable mention, for his watercolor "Grist Mill."

The show will run through Feb. 15.

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