Exhibit draws on local talent

June 13, 2004|By BONNIE H. BRECHBILL


Katrina Hoopes of Waynesboro entered four of her paintings in the Waynesboro Studio Club's 53rd annual Clothesline Art Exhibit. When she arrived at the show Saturday, she discovered that all her work had received ribbons, including two first-place awards.

"Sunday Papers," a colored pencil drawing of a newspaper spread out on a bed with a cat nestled in it, received first place in the animals category, and an oil painting called "Young Man" took first-place honors in the genre category.

Hoopes is modest about her talent.

"I'm not a professional, she said. "It's just something I enjoy doing."

The show, held at the historic Oller House in Waynesboro, showcased 36 local artists.

Laura Lewis Shindle of Greencastle, Pa., received the Best of Show rosette for her watercolor "Beaver Creek Homestead."

Cora Shifflett of Waynesboro, immediate past president of the club, said that the exhibit is called a clothesline show because it was originally held outside, with paintings hung along a fence or on a clothesline.


Shifflett received an honorable mention for a portrait of her husband titled "No Game Today." The watercolor depicts Donald Shifflett reading in front of a dark television. He is wearing a Washington Redskins T-shirt.

"Renfrew Park," by Waynesboro studio artist Eliane Ambrose, took a first-place ribbon in the historical category. Ambrose said she took a photo of a canopy of trees in the Waynesboro park in the fall.

Twelve years ago, at the age of 52, Ambrose first picked up a paintbrush.

"I started from zero," she said.

She had long admired the work of Thurmont, Md., artist Dennis Blalock, she said.

"I took one year of lessons from him, and on the one-year anniversary, I had a one-woman show," she recalled.

She added that she works only in oils. "I wanted to master one thing," she said.

Incoming president Evie Cook said she has been painting for two years, and works in watercolors and oils. She received a second place for "Awesome Sunset" in landscape oils, and an honorable mention for "Lacecapped Hydrangea" in the flowers category. Cook said that being an artist makes one appreciate their surroundings more because "you look at everything."

The Betty Holladay Memorial Award for a watercolor landscape of outstanding merit went to Wen Knight for "The Race."

Jurors for the show were Susan Green, president of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and Caroline Murphy, signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society.

Student awards went to David Mentzer, first place in traditional art for his mixed media composition, "Male Mallard," and Hannah Schuler, first place for experimental art for her scratch board, "Contemplation."

"We always get a nice group from the high school," Shifflett said. "They do wonderful work."

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