by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
A St. Paul artist’s intriguing creation with movable parts activated by a quarter was judged Best in Show at the 18th annual Arts in Harmony show currently on display at Sherburne County Government Center.
Dean Lucker’s glass-encased piece “Swinging” has a figurine on a swing that moves in a tree with leaves that open and close when you drop in a quarter. Lucker got a $1,000 prized supplied by First National Bank.
The jury headed by an official of The Swedish Institute picked “Swinging” from 200 exhibits from 20 states. There were over a thousand entrants nationwide.
Due to a storm Sunday, the awards program and public reception was attended by only about 20 people, and just one prize-winner.
Craig Voth of Bloomington earned a $1,000 Purchase Award from Great River Energy for his photo “North Woods Night Sky. There were 30 cash prizes.
Best oil painting ($150 from Granite Shores) was “New Beginning” by Tracy Anderson of Alexandria.
After Best In Show, the next four prizes went to Chuck Norwood of St. Paul ($850), Michelle Rial of Illinois ($650). Cindy Brabec-King of Colorado ($450) amd MaryAnn Carlson of Rush City ($250).
The Star News picks Best Photograph and and presents a $250 prize. This went to Cynthia Fleury of Eden Prairie for her entry “Italian Arbor.”
The show, hosted and organized by Elk River Area Arts Alliance, will be on display during business hours at the government center through March 28.