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Winners announced for 2012 Bloomfield Apple Festival Art & Photography Show

Monday, October 8, 2012

The number of entrants in the Bloomfield Apple Festival Art and Photography Show was down this year, but the quality excelled according to organizers.

A total of 202 pieces of art, ranging from landscape photography to portrait paintings, hung in the Bloomfield Eastern Greene Public Library starting Friday afternoon.

The number was down from 267 pieces in the 2011 show, according to long-time volunteer Vera Biery.

Art Show Chairperson Darlene Jolley said the pieces of art come from all over the county, the Bedford area and around North Daviess Schools.

"We have artwork from kids from different schools. Some came in as individuals and some came in from their teachers," Jolley said.

Bloomfield Elementary School fourth grader Kirsten Lee was excited to see one of her four entries won best of show.

The drawings were charicatures of fish, including a guppy, clown fish, gold fish and beta fish.

"I like fish a lot so I figured I should draw them," Lee said about her entries.

Lee said she was not happy about her drawings at first, but once she added color she was glad to enter them. Drawing is one of Lee's favorite things to do.

Jolley said the art show has also been a family affair for some with family members entering artwork in the show.

Don Bridges and grandson Justin Bridges both took home first place in the landscape and portrait divisions.

Biery noted she has seen Don Bridges' art grow substantially over the years at the art show.

"Mr. Bridges taught himself. He was never bad to begin with, but his talent has really evolved," Biery said, noting she has been working with the art show since the early 1980s.

Jolley said the artists are not the only ones who get excited about the annual art show.

"We had people knocking on the doors before we were even ready," Jolley said.

She added the art show is an opportunity for local artists to show off their talent and get some exposure.

"This is an amateur art show, but the quality of the work is very good," Jolley said. "The students were very enthusiastic, so that was fun to see."

Pat Dowdy, who helped in the inception of the art show with Linda Lohkamp, said she has seen some changes over the years since the show started around 1980.

"It's evolved in the fact we have an indoor place for it now. We had to do it outside (before). The first several years we had been very lucky," Dowdy said.

The biggest change she has seen over the years is the inclusion of photography in the art show, which wasn't included until 1993.

"It has grown tremendously. Each year the numbers jump back and forth," Dowdy said.

Kindergarten Art

Best of show, first place -- Ava Riggleman

Second -- Frankie Decker

Third -- Abigail Burkhart

Fourth -- Abby Weddle

Grade 1 Art

Best of show, first place -- Gabbie DiLorenzo

Second -- Jaylynn Payne

Third -- Addie Robinette

Fourth -- Maddox Ault

Merit -- Dalton Allen

Grade 2 Art

Best of show, first place -- Wade Hall

Second -- Luke Abram

Third -- Vivian Brown

Fourth -- Laila Barnes

Merit -- Adison Giesler

Grade 3 Art

Best of show, first place -- Trevor King

Second -- Maddy Hazelwood

Third -- Jaeden Byrd

Fourth -- Maddy Hazelwood

Merit -- Mason Corbin

Grade 4 Art

Best of show, first place -- Kristen Lee

Second -- Parker Jerrell

Third -- Carly Rader

Fourth -- Hadin Danning

Merit -- Landon Giles

Grade 5 Art

Best of show, first place -- Amelia Chapman

Second -- Taylor Riggleman

Third -- Trey Davis

Fourth -- Amelia Chapman

Merit -- Andrew Dalton, Brooke Robertson

Middle School Art

Best of show -- Austin Soliman


First place -- Austin Soliman

Second -- Eli Fitch

Third -- Danielle Watson

Fourth -- Ethan Fitch

Black and White

First place -- Mercedes Wilcox

Second -- Austin Soliman

Third -- Danielle Watson

Fourth -- Danielle Watson

Grades 9 to 12 Art

Best of Show -- Chrissy Buccola, Lowell Sutton

Animals, birds

First place -- Karlie Weddle

Second -- Kylie Mayfield

Third -- Kylie Roach

Landscape, seascape

First place -- Chrissy Buccola


First place -- Lowell Sutton

Second -- Lowell Sutton

Third -- Kylie Roach

Fourth -- Theresa Clapp


First place -- Chrissy Buccola, Lowell Sutton

Second -- Rylie Mayfield

Third -- Kylie Roach

Fourth -- Austin Vester

Adult Art

Best of show -- Donald Bridges

Animals, birds

First place -- Ginger Spice

Second -- Donald Bridges

Third -- Judy Sullivan

Floral, butterflies

First place -- Donald Bridges

Second -- Karin Thompson

Third -- Brenda Doering

Family heritage

First place -- Dixie Collins

Second -- Ginger Spice

Third -- Mary Makin

Historical, structure

First place -- Donald Bridges

Second -- Pat Dowdy

Third -- Rachel Wright Summerton

Landscape, seascape

First place -- Justin Bridges

Second -- Doris From

Third -- Judy Sullivan


First place -- Donald Bridges

Second -- Brenda Doering

Third -- Eva Birdsall

Still life

First place -- Rachel Wright Summerton

Second -- Justin Neidlinger

Third -- Justin Neidlinger


First place -- Christine Riggleman

Second -- Rachel Wright Summerton

Third -- Lindsey Riffner


Best of show -- Shanon Roach

Animals, birds, floral, butterflies

First place -- Shanon Roach

Second -- Rebecca Smith

Third -- Jackie Hutchison

Fourth -- Emmy Todd

Black and white

First place -- Taylor Urban

Second -- Shanon Roach

Third -- Emmy Todd

Candid shots

First place -- Rebecca Smith

Second -- Janet Cook

Third -- Janet Cook

Fourth -- Donna Peters

Historical, structure, places traveled

First place -- Donna Peters

Second -- Erin Evans

Third -- Joelle Bellman

Fourth -- Donna Peters

Hoosier happenings

First place -- Jackie Hutchison

Second -- Janet Cook

Third -- Hannah Chapman

Fourth -- Joelle Chapman


First place -- Shanon Roach

Second -- Jackie Hutchison

Third -- Janet Cook

Fourth -- Erin Evans

Landscape, seascape

First place -- Donna Peters

Second -- Rebecca Smith

Third -- Janet Cook

Fourth -- Penny Hobson

Digitally enhanced

First place -- Jackie Hutchison

Second -- Janet Cook

Third -- Donna Peters

Fourth -- Rebecca Smith


First place -- Ruby Houldson

Second -- Eva Birdsall

Third -- Jackie Hutchison

Fourth -- Donna Peters

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Way to go Shannon and Kylie!! :) Very talented!

-- Posted by chooselife on Tue, Oct 9, 2012, at 9:26 AM

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