CAA honors winners of 23rd Juried Art Competition

CROWLEY – Saturday night was not ordinary at The Gallery.

Instead of one or two artists or a themed art gala, the Crowley Art Association brought to a close it’s month long display of the entrants in the 23rd Annual Rice Capital Juried Art Competition, which this year featured 126 entries from elementary school students to adults in a variety of categories.

For the adults, there were 10 categories–landscapes/seascapes, adult student, photography, still life/floral, animals, needlecraft, portraits/figures and all other/experimental–while the children had two–elementary school and middle/high school. Awards for first through third and honorable mention were given out in each of the 12 categories and an award for best of show student and adult were given. Finally the night ended with the Viewers’ Choice Award, which was given to the Elementary School Division’s first place winner, “Lucy,” created by Caroline Daigle of Lafayette.

The other winners were announced earlier in the month but the awards reception was not held until the end of the month, allowing the artworks to be displayed throughout the month of July.

But when the doors opened to The Gallery Saturday, it was the final chance to see all of the works, and the crowds poured in to do so, gladly. As many remarked, the “amazing” works ere so varied and great it delighted all in attendance.

Then at 6:30, it was awards time, and Crowley Art Association President Robert Baxter welcomed everyone and congratulated all the entrants and winners.

“I would like to thank all of you that entered,” he said.

Baxter told those on hand how the money raised through Juried Art Competition entry fees help keep the doors of The Gallery open and the CAA itself going.

“Our doors are always opened for any art project in Acadia Parish and it is through things like this that it is possible,” he said.

Susie Baronet then delivered the prizes to the winners of what she described as “beautiful work.”

Then one-by-one, category-by-category, winners were recognized and greeted with applause and accolades.

The entries were also spread fairly evenly in both the adults and students’ groups. Landscapes/seascapes featured 10 entries, adult students featured 21 entries, photography featured 11 entries, still life/florals featured 13 entries, animals featured 10 entries, needlecraft featured 10 entries, portraits/figures featured six entries and all other/experimental featured 10 entries. As for the students, elementary school featured 20 entries and middle/high school had 15 entries.

It will also be a quick turnaround for The Gallery which hosts another gala–cookies and punch–this Saturday, Aug. 4 to honor the works of its Children’s Summer Workshop participants from 2-4 p.m.

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