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Center for the Arts First Friday Reception is a success

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Scratchboard and watercolor artist Kathy Dawson explains her work to interested
onlookers during the First Friday Reception. Photo by Meg Dickens.

By Meg Dickens
Freelance Writer

The Johnson County Center for the Arts drew a crowd on Friday, September 8, for its First Friday Reception. The community came to see the works of featured artists and vote for which pieces deserved the People’s Choice Awards for the “Black Smoke A Risin’” art show.
The show featured 24 artists: April Andrews, Jeana Chapman, Lewis Chapman, Karen Carey, Kathy Dawson, Colette di Ribert, Lisa Clark, Temple Reece, LeAnna Garrett, Lyn Walker, Richard Righter, Alan Foschino, Sandra Moody, Dottie Harmon, Judy Heerschap, Carol Peterson, Logan Mink, Kathleen Britts, Donna Rosenberg, Wayne Ritchie, Christine Combs, Ikia Combs, Taylor Combs and Karen Ann Barr.

“We had more artists participate in this show than any before,” exclaimed Center for the Arts Director Cristy Dunn.

Chuck Skarsaune, known as Just Chuck, performed train songs while visitors and artists perused the artwork. The gallery still held the Chamber of Commerce and the Two Dollar Bill Award winning pieces. The Two Dollar Bill Award comes from “Long Journey Home.” The bluegrass song says “lost all my money but a two dollar bill.” People randomly selected by Dunn chose the winners.

Visitors also had the opportunity to enter a raffle for a chance to win Janet Hong’s limited edition giclee print “Grandma’s Hollyhocks.” Locals and visitors alike stopped to chat and admire the wares and enjoyed light refreshments including cookies, triangle sandwiches, veggies, chips, coffee, and lemon water, served by the center.

The People’s Choice Awards went to the following: Dottie Harmon takes first place with “Sunflowers,” LeAnna Garrett takes second place with “The Last Goodbye,” and Lynn Walker takes third place with “Turned Train Bowl.” At the end of the evening, Chuck announced the raffle winner. Carol Winningham claimed her prize and the event came to a close.

The Johnson County Center for the Arts always has something going on. It offers frequent classes along with Coffee Talks where visitors can discuss work with creators. Art lovers are encouraged to keep an eye on more events to come. Now that summer is coming to a close, the Johnson County Center for the Arts will be even more active than before.