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Art exhibit showcases residents’ original artwork

Mar 28, 2017 11:14AM ● By Mylinda LeGrande

Abby Worthen, 14, won honorable mention for children categories, with painting “Selfie.” (Mylinda LeGrande/City Journals)

By Mylinda LeGrande | [email protected]

On Feb. 23 and 24, South Jordan resident artists dropped off their artwork and registered for the free South Jordan art show, held at the Gale Center of History and Culture, located at 10300 Beckstead Lane in South Jordan. The artwork was on display from Feb. 28 to March 10.

Ryan Robinson volunteered and also submitted a couple of photos to the art show.

“I helped to hang the photos for my wife, Amanda Robison, who is on the art council and also runs the show,” he said.

Ages 6–17 were welcomed to bring in either photography or traditional 2-D and ages 18 and up could display photography, traditional 2-D or sculpture.

The rules of the show were that a submitted sculpture should be able to stand on its own or be mounted to a stand. Also, all photos and 2-D artwork had to be framed, wired and family friendly. Up to two pieces per person were accepted, and submissions could only be accepted by the show once.

Once the artwork was judged, there was a reception for the artists held on Feb. 27 at the Gale Center. Awards were announced, followed by light refreshments.

Travis Brian, a Taylorsville resident, attended the reception.

“In past years, I helped judge [the art], and I think the event is awesome,” he said. “I really like the children’s artwork. A lot of times there are one or two that really stands out. [There is] so much talent with someone that is only 6 or 9 years old.”

The winners for the children’s categories ages 6–9 in traditional mediums were: first place, Taylor Hollist; second place, Paisley Roberts and Terrick Thompson; and honorable mention, Jessica Hanson and Christopher Thompson. Katie Cheney won first place for photography, ages 6–9. Top of Form


Winners for the 10–13 youth, category were the following: first place, Hanna Song; second place, Ava Simmons; and honorable mention, Asia Whitaker. Photography category winners were the following: first place, Caetano Lubbers; second place, Makelle Mendenhall; and honorable mention, Desiderio Lubbers.

Winners for the teen category, ages 14–17, traditional mediums: first place, Chloe Campbell; second place, Riley Mortensen; and honorable mention, Abbey Worthen. 

“I entered [this contest] because I like art,” Abbey said. “I’ve entered every year for three years. This is the first year I actually got an award.”

Winners in the children’s photography category were as follows: first place, Riley Mortensen; second place, Aeryn Gebhardt; and Best of Show was awarded to Parker Simpson’s art piece “Campfire.”

Adult category winners for traditional mediums were: first place, Jenettte Purcell; second place, Larry Osoro; and honorable mention, Doug Stout. For photography: first place, Kim Cocknell; second place, Larry Chipman; and honorable mention, Emily Perkins and Lyndsey LeGrande. In the sculpture/3-D category: first place, Nathan Brimhall; second place, Jay Sant; and honorable mention, Allan Schmidt.  The Best of Show award went to Annie Jones for “Wizard of Oz,” and the Arts Council award went to Linda Champin for “A Day at the Spa.”

Barbara Holdcroft entered the adult photography category and has been taking pictures for two years. 

“I entered last year for the first time,” she said.”  I think it is really great for the citizens of South Jordan to have the opportunity to do this. Last year, I didn’t win anything, but as a result [of being in] the show, I was able to do a one-woman private show here. It was pretty cool.”Bottom of Form