Smith wins ‘Best of Show’
at Art Club’s Regional Fall Show

(October 2014) – Madison, Ind., artist Elle Smith won Best of Show and Best of Abstract for her oil painting titled “Biomorphic #1” at the Madison Art Club’s 16th annual Regional Fall Art Show. Smith and other winners received their awards during a packed house Sept. 6 at the club’s Art on Main Gallery. Show judge Jessica Bennet Kincaid and Madison Mayor Damon Welch presented the awards, with Welch presenting his “Mayor’s Choice Award” to Markey Weaver of Hanover, Ind., for the watercolor painting titled “The Downs at Dawn.”

Elle Smith

Photo by Patti Watson

Elle Smith poses with her winning art entry, an oil painting titled “Biomorphic #I.” The painting is on display at Thomas Family Winery in Madison, Ind.

Smith also recently received a major award from the Art Association of Henry County, Ind., located in north central Indiana. The former Madison Art Club president received the “Best of Drawing” for her work titled, “Where’s the Bee?” at the 49th annual Fall Art Competition in New Castle, Ind.
Smith, 73, is a former art instructor at Hanover College. Her winning painting at the Regional Fall Art Show show is currently included in a one-person show at the Thomas Family Winery, 208 E. Second St., Madison. Smith is working on a show to be held soon at the Trimble County, Ky., Public Library in Bedford. Her work also is on display at the Art on Main Gallery, 309 W. Main St., in Madison, and at the local Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings.
Winning artists in the Regional Fall Art Show received 25 ribbons and $4,500 in monetary awards for original artwork and photographs, with Best of Show receiving $1,000.
Entries were received from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Seven of the 22 winning artists were from Madison, including the Best of Show and Reserve Best of Show, which was awarded to Bob Saueressig for his pastel painting titled “Figure Study #3.” Accepted media included drawing, painting, photography, 3-D sculpture and mixed-media, including collage and mosaic.
Other award categories included “Best of Media” (oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, pastel, mixed-media, photography and 3-D) and “Best of” awards in genre categories of landscape, figurative, abstract & realism. Entries were not juried, which allowed artists of all skill and experience levels to exhibit and to be eligible for the awards.
Madison Art Club President and Fall Show Chair Mary Jo O’Connor kicked off the Awards Ceremony by thanking those who worked on the Committee: Co-Chair Tiffany Myers, a Hanover College senior who interned at the gallery for the summer; Teresa Waller, chair for sponsorships; Saueressig, chair of the judge selection; Linda Wood, chair of ribbons and awards; Dottie Shepherd, chair of installation; Belva Lowry and Wanda Jackson, co-chairs of the reception; and Wanda Benzing, reception catering. Alynn Ehlert provided musical entertainment at the reception.
O’Connor acknowledged the sponsors and advertisers whose financial support has kept the show going for 16 years. They included Morgan Foods, Arvin Sango Inc., Bob and Charlotte Canida, Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County, Jane Jacobs, the City of Madison, Dr. John Hossler, Janet Castor, Robert E. Wall, DDS, Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, McKay Accounting, Century 21-River Valley Real Estate, and Constance Partington.
The general public chose the “Peoples Choice” award by popular vote that took place through Sept. 17. That award went to James Werline of Maysville, Ky., for his watercolor painting titled “Forged by Fire.” The public is invited to view the show entries.
All of the artwork is for sale. There is a special “Exhibiting Members” display in the front of the gallery, showcasing one piece of work created by each of the artists whose work is on the walls of the gallery throughout the year.

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