Art, artists and awards reception has taste

"Child of the Snow," a pastel by Phyllis Barrett, won first place in the Amateur/Semi-Pro division. Photo by Bob Parry

Art, artists and awards will headline the Saturday, Aug. 25, reception marking the close of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s Community of Fine Arts Show, currently exhibited at Westlake Porter Public Library. But the three big “A”s are framed in an array of tempting snacks and beverages for the “all are welcome” attendees to the 2 to 3:30 p.m. event.

The COFA, a juried art show, offers the public an opportunity to enjoy 100 pieces of art during its four-week exhibit and the reception allows the public to meet artists and applaud their achievements. Artists whose works are awarded a first-place in each division and category will receive a $100 cash award, second place receives $50, and honorable mention receives a gift certificate.

Amateur and professional artists and photographers may submit up to three original works for consideration of entry. Works are accepted in two divisions: Amateur/Semi-Professional and Professional. The show’s six categories are: Watercolor, Charcoal/Pastel, Drawing-Pen & Ink, Mixed Medium, Oil/Acrylic, and Photography. The three art experts who judged the 2018 COFA exhibit are Joyce Bolte, Daniel Levin and Victoria Wagner.

COFA co-chairpersons, Robert Pearl and Howard Hoehn, are grateful to the gracious employees of Porter Library, the volunteers who helped display the art work, and the WWAC board and its membership, who have made COFA a reality for 19 years.  

The 2018 Community of Fine Arts Winners are:


Watercolor: 1st Place, Claire Palmisano; 2nd Place, Tom Hemsath; Honorable Mention, Cynthia Jarzen

Charcoal/Pastel: 1st Place, Phyllis Barrett; 2nd Place, Paul Collander; Honorable Mention, Paul Collander

Drawing-Pen & Ink: 1st Place – No award; 2nd Place Kathryn Soweke; Honorable Mention, Dave Berkheimer

Mixed Medium: No awards given

Oil/Acrylic: 1st Place, Marguerite Arendec; 2nd Place, Robert Pearl; Honorable Mention, Laurel Cantelberry

Photography: 1st  Place, Lysa Stanton; 2nd Place & Honorable Mention – No awards


Watercolor: 1st Place, Pat Sigmier; 2nd Place, Bob Parry; Honorable Mention, Nancy Notarianni

Charcoal/Pastel: No awards given

Drawing-Pen & Ink: 1st Place, Sean Crum; 2nd Place – No award; Honorable Mention, Jackie Hixon

Mixed Medium: 1st Place, Gail Crum; 2nd Place & Honorable Mention – No awards

Oil/Acrylic: No awards given

Photography: 1st Place, Zackery Hoon; 2nd Place, Linda Phillips; Honorable Mention, Neil Doren

Louise Seeholzer

Publicist for Westlake-Westshore Arts Council

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 8:48 AM, 08.21.2018