The winners of the 6th Annual Art & Soul of Magic Valley, sponsored by Magic Valley Arts Council, were announced during the Awards Ceremony at the Orpheum Theatre. The ceremony brought to a close the public-voting art contest where over 250 artists competed for prize money.
The Magic Valley Mall was the sponsored Venue for the 3rd Annual Youth Category. The winners were: Elementary Division –3RD Place winner and recipient of $25: Tana Torgrimson, 10 years old from Twin Falls; 2ND Place winner and recipient of $75: Seth Horton, 11 years old of Buhl, ID; and 1ST Place winner and recipient of $300 prize: Torin Gardner, 11 years old from Twin Falls, ID.
Middle School Division – 3RD Place winner and recipient of $25: Courtney Kaiser, 14 years old from Twin Falls, ID; 2ND Place winner and recipient of $75: Anna Butcher, 13 years old from Twin Falls, ID and 1ST Place winner and recipient of $300 prize: Andrew Honcharenko, 13 years old from Twin Falls, ID.
High School Division – 3RD Place winner and recipient of $25: Anna Jensen, 16 years old from Twin Falls, ID, 2ND Place winner and recipient of $75: Dylen Smalley, 16 years old from Twin Falls, ID and 1ST Place winner and recipient of $300 prize: Jessica Christiansen, 17 years old from Kimberly, ID.
More than 50 Art & Soul contestants participated in the Professionally Judged Competition. The judges were Dean Packer, a professional artist for more than 40 years, who lives in Twin Falls, ID; Catherine Hatchett Reinhardt, who earned her Master of Fine Arts from Idaho State University and Lori A. McPherson, who earned her MFA in Painting from ISU and now teaches at Weber State University in Utah. They awarded Honorable Mention in the Two-dimensional category to Ketchum, ID artist Jennifer Bellinger for her oil painting entry Love those Lemons; Boise, ID artist Mary Butler for her oil painting entry Leaving Camp; Hailey, ID artist Karen Jacobsen for her watercolor painting entry White Sturgeon; and Twin Falls, ID artist KT Yarbro for her oil painting entry The Unquiet Pacific. In the Three-dimensional category Honorable Mention was awarded to Boise, ID artist Jerry Hendershot for his ceramic entry Jade Sculptatower; and Twin Falls, ID artist Jessica Larsen for her mixed media entry Gathering Warmth.
The Professionally Judged Two-Dimensional Category winner and recipient of $1,500 is Albion, ID artist David Mensing with his oil painting entry Sculpturesque. The Professionally Judged Three-Dimensional Category winner and recipient of $1,500 is Jerome, ID artist Walker Ostler with his large sculpture entry Jellyfish.
Selected by the public as their favorite Venue, the People Choice Venue Award and $300 prize went to Premier Autogroup.
New to the contest is the awarding of a BEST IN SHOW by Category. Each winner receives $1,000. The winners are:
BEST IN SHOW – CERAMICS: Jerry Hendershot, Boise, ID.
BEST IN SHOW – DRAWING: Lindsey Fuguay, Melba, ID.
BEST IN SHOW – FIBER: Debra Richards, Filer, ID.
BEST IN SHOW – GLASS: Laurelle Gardner, Twin Falls, ID.
BEST IN SHOW – JEWELRY: Andy Bamping, Twin Falls, ID
BEST IN SHOW – MIXED MEDIA: Connie Wood, Hagerman, ID.
BEST IN SHOW – PAINTING, ACRYLIC: Nicholas Maybon, Twin Falls, ID.
BEST IN SHOW – PAINTING, OIL: Floyd Drown, Twin Falls, ID.
BEST IN SHOW – PAINTING, WATERCOLOR: Roy Mason, Wendell, ID.
BEST IN SHOW – PHOTOGRAPHY: Shari Hart, Filer, ID.
BEST IN SHOW – SCULPTURE, LARGE: Jack Netz, Buhl, ID.
BEST IN SHOW – SCULPTURE, SMALL: Sue Jacobsen, Sun Valley, ID.
BEST IN SHOW – UNCATEGORIZED: tie between Ron Hicks, Twin Falls, ID and Travis Emman, New Plymouth, ID
BEST IN SHOW – WOODWORK: Angell Wyatt, Twin Falls, ID.
The Art & Soul 4th Place winner and recipient of $1,500 is Scot Horton of Buhl, ID with his large sculpture entry Don’t Feed the Bear.
The Art & Soul 3rd Place winner recipient of $2,500 is Shena Bingham of Dietrich, ID for her acrylic painting entry The Whispering Horse. As the Venue for the 3rd Place Winner Premier Autogroup receives $100.
The 2ND Place winner and recipient of $5,000 is Dave LaMure Jr. of Kimberly, ID for his small sculpture entry The Sentinel. As the Venue for the 2nd Place Winner Design 125 receives $200.
The 1ST Place winner and recipient of $15,000 is Jacob Novinger of Gooding, ID for his large sculpture entry Aslan. As the Venue for the 1st Place Winner Dunkley Music receives $300.
Souvenir merchandise may still be purchased at the Magic Valley Arts Council, Twin Falls Center for the Arts, 195 River Vista Place, Twin Falls, ID.
For more information, contact the Magic Valley Arts Council at 208-734-ARTS (2787).
Art Show Prospectus
- Cash Awards: $43,000.00 available in cash awards.
- 1st place overall as determined by public vote $15,000
- 2nd place overall as determined by public vote $5,000
- 3rd place overall as determined by public vote $2,500
- 4th place overall as determined by public vote $1,500
- Determined by public vote, $1,000 “Best of Show” award in each of the FOURTEEN (14) categories.
- Show: The show runs from April 15-30, 2016. All entries MUST remain on display until May 6, 2016. The Awards Ceremony will be May 7, 2016 at 5 pm at The Orpheum Theater.
- Artists: Submit images of work or proposed work and pay entry fee. Artist’s Statement and jpg image of work due by January 22, 2016. Registration begins November 19, 2015 through February 29, 2016. Magic Valley Arts Council (MVAC) Members cost is $25, Non-MVAC members fee is $55. It is only $25 for an Artist Membership with the MVAC. Entry fees increase January 23 – February 29, 2016 to $50 for MVAC Members and $75 for Non-MVAC Members. No entries will be accepted after February 29, 2016. Artists are required to have both a Sponsor and a Venue to be officially entered into the contest. Artists are not required to obtain their own sponsor and venue but may if they choose (for more information on sponsors & venues see the FAQ section). Sponsors & Venues need to be secured for the artist by March 1, 2016.
- Professionally Judged Competition: The Professionally Judged Competition may be entered when an artist has entered the general competition. An extra $50 registration fee applies and can be paid along with your initial registration or anytime up until March 1, 2016. Prize money in this competition will be $3,000. The judges will determine the winners of two-dimensional and three-dimensional categories. First place in each category will receive $1,500 in prize money. Artists who win in the Professionally Judged Competition may also qualify for prize money in the overall general competition.
- Youth Category: There will be a separate youth category for students in elementary (K-5th grade), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12). The entry fee for the youth portion of the contest is $10. Those artists selecting the “youth” category on their entry form will not be eligible for the general contest. There will be a $300 prize awarded to the top artist in each of the three youth categories (elementary, middle school, high school) as selected by public vote.
- Sponsors: Individuals or businesses serving as sponsors must chose work/artists they wish to sponsor by March 1, 2016. Artwork may be viewed on the homepage. For more information on being a sponsor or obtaining a sponsor, see FAQ section.
- Venues: Locations for showing artwork select the work they wish to display from artist entries by March 1, 2016. Prize money is awarded to Venues as well. The public votes to determine the “Best Venue” and recipient of $500. The Venue displaying the Grand Prize-1st place contest winner will receive $500, the venue displaying the 2nd place overall contest winner will receive $300, the venue displaying the 3rd place overall contest winner will receive $200, and the venue displaying the 4th place overall contest winner will receive $100. For more information on being a Venue or selecting a Venue see FAQ section.
- Voters: The viewing public votes for their thirteen (13) favorite entries, the top 17 artists receive cash prizes from the total prize money available. For more information on how to vote, see voting section.
- Categories: A $1,000 “Best of Show” award given to the artist receiving the most votes in each of 14 categories: Ceramic, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting: Acrylic, Painting: Oil, Painting: Watercolor, Photography, Sculpture: Large (over 3 ft), Sculpture: Small (3 ft and under), Woodwork and Uncategorized (for entries that do not fall neatly into another category. Entry here may help us develop additional categories in the future.). Odds of winning are based on the number of entrants in each category. The four artists receiving the most votes and receiving the top contest prize money, Grand Prize through 4th Place, are not eligible to receive a “Best of Show” award.
Art & Soul is open to any artist with any type of artwork. Eligibility confirmed after receipt of entry fee and obtaining a sponsor and venue (for more information on obtaining a sponsor and venue, see FAQ section).
Sponsors and Venues need to be registered by March 1, 2016 and need to select their artist by March 7, 2016. Applications will not be accepted after March 1, 2016. Each artist entry will be posted on this web page; Sponsors and Venues will review entries and select their artist.
Artists need not be present during the show, but it is encouraged. Artists and venues work out logistics of getting artwork in place by April 9, 2016.
Where will the money come from?
Artists $25 – $125
Sponsors $100 – $175
Venue (location) $125 – $275
Financial Supports include:
Patrons who offer gifts of $1,000.00 or more;
Contributors who offer gifts of $100.00- $999.00;
Friends of the Arts offer gifts of any size under $100.00.