Artists take prizes at fair


Vicky Fanberg - For The Register-Herald



EATON — Preble County residents showed off their creative side in a big way at the fair this year. The Visual Arts exhibit at the Preble County Fair had over 250 entries, including photographs, paintings, drawings and pottery. As in previous years, visitors to the exhibit could have their faces painted or draw and color on paper. New this year, fairgoers could paint their own tiles or create their own clay sculptures with materials provided by the Visual Arts Center of Preble County. Visitors were also treated to demonstrations of pottery throwing by artists Gail Springer and Patty Emerson.

The Best of Show winner in the Professional artist category this year was R.L. Lathrop with his oil abstract painting. Andrea Furby’s pastel landscape took Best of Show in the Amateur artist category and Wyatt Voge’s mixed media piece won Best of Show in the Junior artist category. Mariah Squire’s black and white farm scene took Best of Show Amateur photography and Katelyn Niehaus took Best of Show in the Junior photography category with her shot of her pig drinking splashing water. Special thanks to Sherriff Goslin Roofing for generously donating the Best of Show premiums.

The Adult winner of the People’s Choice Award went to Aryn Landis with her charcoal and ink drawing of an Indian and horse. Aryn won the People’s Choice award as a Junior several years ago, and is currently a student at the School for Advertising Art in Kettering. The Junior People’s Choice Award went to Chelsea Allen for her painting of two goats. Allen graduated from National Trail this spring. The People’s Choice Awards are generously sponsored by Simon Insurance, Skyline Chili of Eaton and new this year, FCL Precision Welding of West Alexandria.

Premiums for all the first place winners were donated by Wallace Heating and Air. Additional premiums were donated by Timken, Joe Kimball Plumbing, CMJ’s Repair, C.G. Construction and Utilities, Ellerton Enterprises, and Frebco Industrial Piping. The Preble County Arts Association and the Preble County Agricultural Society would like to thank all of those who supported the Visuals Arts Exhibit at the 2015 Preble County Fair. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Additional winners for the Juniors artwork were as follows: in the Preschool-1st grade categories: Bronson Buckley, 1st place; Brindle Buckley, 2nd place; and James Taylor, 3rd place in painting and drawing; Emily Johnson, 1st place in mixed media/3D. In the 2nd-5th grade categories: Olivia Brooks, 1st place; Isabella Adkins, 2nd place; and Kolby Hamilton, 3rd place in painting and drawing; Addyson House, 1st place; Paige House, 2nd place; and Brooklyn Buckley, 3rd place in mixed media/3D. In the 6th-8th grade categories: Rachel Beeler, 1st place; Emma Weber, 2nd place; and Abigail Utsinger, 3rd place in painting and drawing; Emma Weber, 1st place; and Liberty Chesney, 2nd place in mixed media/3D. In the 9th-12th grade categories; Chelsea Allen, 1st place; Hayley Mays, 2nd place; and Kristen Keener, 3rd place in painting and drawing; and Audrey Chesney, 1st place in mixed media/3D.

Winners for the Juniors photography were as follows: in the People categories: Madison Cole, 1st place; and Kira Chesney, 2nd place for Black and White; Lynnlee Voge, 1st place; Madison Cole, 2nd place; and Emma Walker, 3rd place for Color. In the Architecture categories: Kira Chesney, 1st place for Black and White; Erin Tebbe, 1st place for Color. In the Animals categories: Liberty Chesney, 1st place; and Madison Cole, 2nd place for Black and White; Chyann Kendel, 1st place; Erin Tebbe, 2nd place; and Erin Tebbe, 3rd place for Color. In the Nature categories: Marlee Kern, 1st place; Madison Cole, 2nd place; and Liberty Chesney, 3rd place for Black and White; Lynnlee Voge, 1st place; Erin Tebbe, 2nd place; and Rachel Beeler, 3rd place for Color. In the Other categories: Elise Walker, 1st place; Megan Roell, 2nd place; and Marlee Kern, 3rd place for Color.

Winners for the Adult Amateur artwork were as follows: in the oils and acrylics category: Andrea Furby, 1st place; Aryn Landes, 2nd place; and Kathleen German, 3rd place. In the water media category: Kathleen German, 1st place; and Nora Henning, 2nd place. In the pastels category: Debbie Lathrop, 1st place; and Nora Henning, 2nd place. In the drawing category: Andrea Furby, 1st place; and James Schick, 2nd place. In the mixed media and miscellaneous category: Debbie Lathrop, 1st place; Michelle Buckley, 2nd place; and Aryn Landes, 3rd place. In the 3D category: Aryn Landes, 1st place. In the Senior Citizen category: Loretta Eitel, 1st place.

Winners for the Adult Amateur photography were as follows: in the People categories: Donald Meiners, 1st place; Candice Estep, 2nd place; and Caitlin Craft, 3rd place for Black and White; Amber Weaver, 1st place; Mariah Squire, 2nd place; and Aleesha Voge, 3rd place for Color. In the Architecture categories: Mariah Squire, 1st place; Candice Estep, 2nd place; and Madison Burton, 3rd place for Black and White; Daryl Michael, 1st place; Laurie Taylor, 2nd place; and Candice Estep, 3rd place for Color. In the Animals categories: Candice Estep, 1st place; Ann Hall, 2nd place; and Madison Burton 3rd place for Black and White; Candice Estep, 1st place; Kathy Campbell, 2nd place; and Deanna Flaugher, 3rd place for Color. In the Nature categories: Candice Estep, 1st place; Madison Burton, 2nd place; and Mariah Squire, 3rd place for Black and White; Candice Estep, 1st place; Daryl Michael, 2nd place; and Kathy Campbell, 3rd place for Color. In the Other categories: Candice Estep, 1st place; Donald Meiners, 2nd place; and Mariah Squire, 3rd place in Black and White; Deanna Flaugher, 1st place; Donald Meiners, 2nd place; and Laurie Taylor, 3rd place for Color.

Winners for the Adult Professional artwork were as follows: in the oils and acrylics category: Phillip Erbaugh, 1st place; Phillip Erbaugh, 2nd place; and Gail Springer, 3rd place. In the water media category: Barbara Easley, 1st place. In the pastels category: Phillip Erbaugh, 1st place; Erica Keener, 2nd place and Richard Lathrop, 3rd place. In the mixed media and miscellaneous category: Richard Lathrop, 1st place; and Gail Springer, 2nd place. In the 3D category: Gail Springer, 1st place; and Gail Springer, 2nd place. Winners in the Adult Professional photography were as follows: Joseph Halberstadt, 1st place, Joseph Halberstadt, 2nd place; and David Porter, 3rd place.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all who participated. We received many compliments on the high quality of the exhibit. Keep creating, and good luck at next year’s fair.

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Vicky Fanberg

For The Register-Herald

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