Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show winners announced; sculpture sweeps top honors

"The World is Mine" by Annette Everett | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University

ST. GEORGE – The winners of the 26th annual Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show, held last weekend at Dixie State University, have been announced.

Artists received awards in nine categories, along with the top honors, Best of Show Purchase Prize and Best in Show Prize.

Steven F. Songer, the 1999 Best of Show Purchase Prize winner, won the oil landscape category with “Acadia Hilltop.” Second place was awarded to Karl Thomas for “Near Park City” and Linda Curley Christensen placed third with “Southern Utah.”

Larry C. Winborg won the oil other category with “Badge of Honor.” Mike Malm placed second with “Still Small Voice” and Jerry Read Hancock took third with “Enjoying the Moment.”

2010 Best of Show Purchase Prize winner Ian Ramsey won the watercolor landscape category with “Downham, Lancastershire, England.” Roland Lee placed second with “Snow Canyon Sunrise” and Spike Ress’s “Zion Reflections” took third.

In the watercolor other category, Richard D. Brown won first place for “Taos Then and Now.” Kristi Grussendorf took second with “Stone Stories and Al Rounds won third for “North Temple Mill.”

Lance Turner, the 2009 Best of Show Purchase Prize winner, claimed the top honor in the pastel landscape category with “Foggy River Morning. Barbara Prestwhich won second for “Parowan Canyon” and Craig Fetzer’s “Winter Light Zion – Trees and Tracks” took third.

Claiming the blue ribbon in the pastel other category was 2004 Best of Show Purchase Prize winner Julie Rogers with “A Mother’s Embrace;” her work “Closely Knit” also took third. Lance Turner won second with “Salt Traders.”

DSU art faculty member and 2000 Best of Show Purchase Prize winner Del Parson won the miscellaneous mediums category with his pencil creation, “Neither Do I Condemn Thee.” Jeff Ham finished second with his painting “Blue Rain” and Michael Bingham took third for “Soul Mates.”

Craig N. Hone won the sculpture bronze category with “The Matador,” while Edward Hlavka placed second with “Of Earth and Sky” and L’Deane Trueblood took third for “Playmates.”

Matt Clark won the 3D sculpture and pottery medium category with “Titled Wheel Table.” Douglas Adams placed second with “Firmly Anchored and DSU art faculty member Glen Blakely took third with “Spring Time Bottle.”

For only the third time in the history of the show, both the Best of Show Purchase Prize and Best in Show Prize were awarded to the same artist. St. George resident Annette Everett’s bronze work “The World is Mine” took both honors.

A native of Spokane, Wash., Everett has been an artist since her childhood. Her art education started at Brigham Young University in the 1960s and continued at the University of Utah and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She continues to hone her craft through workshops and teaching in her local studio. In 1997, she established the Brushworks Fine Art Studio & Gallery with fellow artists and friends, which became a classroom, workshop, clubhouse and creative sanctuary for their many students.

She began sculpting as an assistant to L’Deane Trueblood and has participated in the design and completion of several bronze monuments, including “Saint Claire” for the Saint Claire Catholic Hospital of Weston, Wis., and “The Watermaster” in St. George. Everett has two other monuments in St. George: “The Sandman” and “The Volunteer.” She has also had two pieces purchased by the Springville Museum of Art and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Recently, she created a new bas relief bronze of a billowing American flag that was installed as the official flag for the Washington County Justice Center.

Although sculpture is her focus now, Everett continues to paint in pastel and oil, creating traditional and representational landscapes, portraits and still life. This is her first victory at the show, which earns her the honor of serving as adjucator next year.

The 2013 show featured over 230 pieces of artwork from 125 nationally renowned artists. All artwork will remain on display through March 31 in the Robert N. and Peggy Sears Art Museum Gallery, located in the Eccles Fine Arts Center on the DSU campus. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The public is invited to view the exhibit free of charge. For more information, call 435-652-7909.

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"The World is Mine" by Annette Everett | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University
“The World is Mine” by Annette Everett | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University

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