Biennial show brings honors for several local artists

Monday, December 4, 2000

The Witter Gallery's December display is a juried show consisting of a variety of artwork created by artists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.

The 2000 Holiday Biennial is the gallery's eighth biennial art exhibition and contains 33 works by 28 artists. A wide variety of artistic styles will be featured. The exhibition includes watercolors, oils, acrylics, intaglio, mixed media, etching, stoneware, copper, bronze, silver, clay and drawings in chalk, colored pencil and pastels.

The difficult job of selecting the best works from all the entry slides submitted was handled by Charles P. Helsell, director of the Blanden Memorial Art Museum in Fort Dodge.

The following artists were selected to receive cash awards: Best of Show, $300 - Richard Black, Farnhamville, "Babel: Genesis Too," intaglio. Judge's Honor Awards, $150 - Dennis Dykema, Storm Lake, "History of Agriculture: New Crop," oil on canvas; Barbara McGee, Peterson, "Body Language," watercolor; Pamela Sanders, Fort Dodge, "Loomis Park," intaglio; Judy VanMiddendorp, Sioux City, "Selina," clay.