Connie Gerdts received the Best in Show honor at the Helen Arts & Heritage Center at its 2016 Judged Art Competition Awards program in September.
Gerdts, known for her advanced skills in a range of media, collected the honor for her painting of two young ladies titled “Don’t Be Late.”
Artists entered their work in a choice of five categories: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pottery and fine craft. Cash awards and ribbons were presented to the top three placements in each, and honorable mentions received ribbons and certificates.
German artist Josef Mahler judged the art.
Acrylic: 1st, “April” by Ann Williams; 2nd, “Happy Soles’ by Nealie Weaver; 3rd, “Boating Dream” by Gayle Murdock”
Fine Craft: 1st, “Breaking Through” fused glass plate by Jennifer Benson; 2nd, “Transfer Fired Ceramic 3-piece jewelry set” by Terry Buffington; 3rd, “Turquoise Silver Plated 3-piece jewelry set” by Terry Buffington
Oil: 1st, “Bayou Light” by Gayle Murdock; 2nd, “Susan on the Patio” by Ann Williams; 3rd, “Peace Dove” by Donna Hanks
Pottery: 1st, “Genesis I” large bowl by Sheryl M. Moore; 2nd, “Ocean Deep” bowl by Pat Noell; 3rd, “In the Woods” by Hilton Hill
Watercolor: 1st, “Immature Trumpet Swan” by Carol Young McCollum; 2nd, “The Family” by Connie Gerdts; 3rd, “At The Bridge” by Ann Williams
Award of Excellence: Mara Joyce
Gilbert Award: Nancy Ackerman
Best in Show: “Don’t Be Late” by Connie Gerdt