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Jamestown artist earns Best of Show in art show

The JFAA 58th Annual Art Show is on display through Oct. 29 at The Arts Center in Jamestown.

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A Jamestown artist took the Best of Show award in the Jamestown Fine Arts Association 58th Annual Art Show.

Tyrel Schlecht’s photography, “Exploring Canyon Lands,” won $100 for receiving the top award. Eight Jurors’ Choice Awards of $50 were also awarded, and honorable mentions, which carried no cash award, were also given to five artists. A People’s Choice Award will be given at the end of the show, based on votes by those attending the exhibit.

Prizes are given in categories if there are a sufficient number of entries in the specific category.

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Tyrel Schlect of Jamestown received Best of Show for "Exploring Canyon Lands."
Contributed / The Arts Center

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Elizabeth Stromme's piece, "Playlist," lower left, received an award in the Painting category.
Kathy Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

The $50 cash awards went to:

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  • Painting, Elizabeth Stromme, “Playlist”
  • Drawing, Susan Potrais, “Moth, Thunderbird and Rose”
  • Mixed Media, Robert Matz, “Historical Continuum” 
  • Photography, Scott Seiler, “Sheltering on the Prairie” 
  • Printmaking, Linda Whitney, “Pinaskiw - Butterfly Dancer”
  • 3-D Mixed Media, Bonnie Tressler, “B”
  • 2-D Mixed Media, Catherin Von Bank, “Silk Degrees” 
  • Youth Award, Micha Winje, “bulldog” 

Honorable mentions, given at the discretion of the jurors, were awarded as follows.

  • Painting: Phyllis Lincoln, “The Day the Steers Got Loose”
  • Photography, Chad Kainz, “No Vacancy”
  • Printmaking: Laura Von Bank, “Rhapsody in Wheat”
  • Youth Award: Dezzy Woinarowicz, “Rey,” and Caroline Stoterau, “Caroline #1, #2 and #3
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These pieces by Caroline Stoterau in the Youth Award category received honorable mention recognition.
Kathy Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

The Jamestown Fine Arts Association’s 58th Annual Art Show will be on display through Oct. 29.

“We have 106 pieces (in the art show) in this gallery and 45 different artists,” said Anna Jacobson, director of education and exhibitions. The show is open to all artists, and the work featured this year ranges from a fifth grader “all the way to professional practicing artists and everything in between,” she said.

The work includes oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors, glass blowing, ceramics, multi-media, mixed media pieces and printmaking. In addition to a number of Jamestown artists, artists participating are from Minot, Bismarck, Fargo and Langdon. One entry was from an artist in California who lived in Jamestown previously, Jacobson said.

Having entries from outside of the area says something about the credibility of The Arts Center, Jacobson said. She also credited Sally Jeppson, the former curator of The Arts Center, for connecting with people around North Dakota about the show.

The jurors for the show were Diane Schill and Janet Jacobson, the North Dakota Wooly Girls from Hannah, North Dakota. They have participated in many juried art shows and in 2008 the North Dakota Wooly Girls was chosen to participate in the ArtUp initiative sponsored by the Small Business Development Center and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

“They are regionally known, they have shown in a variety of shows and then also do a lot of work with Pride of Dakota and the HøstFest up in Minot,” Jacobson said.

She said this type of show is challenging for jurors because there are so many different pieces. It was also a challenge for Jacobson to make it look like a cohesive show.

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“It’s a fun undertaking but yet it doesn’t just fall together,” she said. “It takes time looking at each piece.”

Janet Jacobson said the show had a wide variety of people with different experience and different mediums.

“I thought it was an excellent show," she said. "And the quality of the work was really very good. It made being the judges really kind of difficult. ... It’s an honor as an artist for Diane and me to be invited to be the judges of the show.”

Also featured at the show this year is a work by Don Paul, a longtime Arts Center member who died in May.

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The late Don Paul's "Scanning the Skies," is also on display at The Arts Center as part of the Jamestown Fine Arts Association 58th Annual Art Show.
Kathy Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

‘We have one of his last sculptures that he created before he passed away and so this is a little bit in memory of him for me,” Anna Jacobson said. “Just partly because he was such a good contributor to our Arts Center.”

Paul, a sculptor and jeweler, and his wife, Theresa, lived in Edgeley. Theresa, who still lives in Edgeley, loaned the piece, “Scanning the Skies,” for the show, Jacobson said.

“He just was very free with his knowledge and sharing with other artists within the art community of North Dakota but especially this area and Pekin, North Dakota, too was another area,” Jacobson said.

During the last two years, entry fees for the show were waived due to the coronavirus pandemic and Jacobson said she was a little worried when they reinstituted them this year. She said the entry fee isn’t much but it helps put on the show and award prizes. She said getting 106 entries was “very respectable.”

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People attending the art show can vote on their favorite piece. Noting that some artists entered more than one piece of artwork in the show, voters should write the name of the artist and the title of the work on their vote at The Arts Center, Jacobson said.

Jacobson encourages artists who do not earn an award in the show to continue to enter shows.

“I would like people to know how much courage it actually takes artists even professional artists to display their work for other people to see,” Jacobson said. “It really can be a challenge sometimes because you’re making yourself very vulnerable in putting your work out there. And this is a great way to see what is in our region.”

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If you go

What: Jamestown Fine Arts Association 58th Annual Art Show

When: through Oct. 29

Where: The Arts Center, 115 2nd St. SW

Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Admission: free

Related Topics: JAMESTOWNART
Kathy Steiner has been the editor of The Jamestown Sun since 1995. She graduated from Valley City State College with a bachelor's degree in English and studied mass communications at North Dakota State University, Fargo. She reports on business, government and community topics in the Jamestown area. Reach her at 701-952-8449 or ksteiner@jamestownsun.com.
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