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Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2016 Award Winners


2016 David L. Dickirson Best in Show winner and Kanawha County artist Charly Jupiter Hamilton with his piece "Bases Loaded: Summer Evening in Power Park (Charleston, WV)"

2016 David L. Dickirson Best in Show winner and Kanawha County artist Charly Jupiter Hamilton with his piece “Bases Loaded: Summer Evening in Power Park (Charleston, WV)”

Every year, Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia and the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts celebrate West Virginia artists and artisans by showcasing their creativity and talent in this special juried competition.  The Best of West Virginia show is the only exhibition hosted by the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery, located at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia, that may be entered by any artist or artisan who is a state resident. The exhibition opens annually on West Virginia Day weekend, and this year’s show is on view through August 7, 2016.

Participants in the exhibition compete for five monetary awards, provided by the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts and our generous donors. The 2016 jurors are Marcia Goldenstein, Professor Emerita of Painting and Drawing at the University of Tennessee School of Art and currently serving on the Board of Governors of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and Carmen Grier, Professor of Fibers in the Art Department at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Both are practicing artists.

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2016 Best of West Virginia Award Winners

David L. Dickirson Best in Show

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Charly Jupiter Hamilton
Kanawha County
Bases Loaded: Summer Evening in Power Park (Charleston, WV)
Acrylic on Canvas

Jurors’ Statement:
“An energetic piece with a complex, well integrated design overlaid with a Folk Art charm.”

Second Place

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Vernon F. Howell
Cabell County
City Life
Mixed Media

Jurors’ Statement:
“This is an intricate, intimate piece. The density of the composition is quite skillful and inventive.”

Third Place

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William K. Lightner
Kanahwa County
Duet
Oil on Canvas

Jurors’ Statement:
“This is a lovely handling of paint — the diptych (2 panel) layout is a successful format here. The piece captures an authentic moment in time, a snapshot in paint.”

Award of Merit

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John Wesley Williams
Greenbrier County
Bubinga Sculpted Console Cabinet
Sculpted Wood

Jurors’ Statement:
“Masterful craftsmanship culminating in an elegant, well designed piece. Sensitive attention to the wood selections as well as carving/construction details.”

People’s Choice Award

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Lindsey Webb
Kanawha County
Take That Pinterest!
Mixed Media