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Large Crowd Welcomes Back the Annual Art Exhibition

Rebecca Lance won the People's Choice Award with "Opie"
Lindsay Wiggins won the Timken Tyger River Plant Award for “Cosmic Poodle Life”

Daniel Prince

61 pieces of art submitted to the annual exhibit

The Union County Arts Council held its annual art exhibition last night at USC Union complete with a reception afterward. It marked a return to normal for the Arts Council, which had to cancel the exhibition in 2020 due to COVID and only held the awards ceremony last year. The event was well-attended, with a total of 9 prizes awarded. The juror for this year’s Art Exhibition was Toni Elkins. Arts Council Director Tina Boulware told WBCU News more about Elkins and what made her a great juror for the show:

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An exhibition of Elkins’ work will be on display at the Union County Arts Council through most of October. The 61 pieces of art submitted to the exhibition will remain displayed on the second floor of USC Union’s main building through October 21. Several local artists entered, and entries came from all over the state, including Cayce, Chapin, and Columbia. Elkins said this is one of the most generously sponsored art exhibitions in the state, a fact of which Boulware said she is proud.

Todd Baxter won the Arthur State Bank award for his colored pencil piece titled “Unlikely Champion”. Anthony Hedrick won the Founders Federal Credit Union award for his pastel piece titled “Smokin”. Renea Eshleman won the Union Family Pharmacy award for her watercolor piece titled, “Red Hot Okra Strut”. Doris Godfrey won the Mrs. Barbara Harter Rippy Award for her mixed media piece, “CJ Playing Little John in Peter Pan”. Debra Kelly won the Switzer Family Award for her pastel piece, “Chevy on the Street”. Lindsay Wiggins earned the Timken Tyger River Plant Award for an oil on canvas work, “Cosmic Poodle Life”. Another oil on canvas work was honored with the Mrs. W.J. Whitener Award, with Barbara Teusink won for a piece titled “Deep Red”. Colton Duckett, a local artist who was also the youngest to enter the exhibition, won the Frank Hart Allstate Insurance Award for his pen and ink piece titled "Case Drawing”. Another local artist, Rebecca Lance, won the Union County Arts Council’s People’s Choice Award for her graphite drawing titled, “Opie”. Honorable mentions went to Rosemary Moore for an acrylic piece titled “Golden Spirit”, and to Susan Hopps for a watercolor work titled “Turkey Strut”.

Arts Council Director Tina Boulware on juror Toni Elkins
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