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26th Annual Juried Art Show

May 6, 2017 2:00 pm

The 26th Annual Juried Art Show, sponsored by Rabbit Run Community Arts Association and the Madison Public Library opened May 6 and runs through Saturday, June 3, at the library, 6111 Middle Ridge Rd., Madison.  

For twenty-six years RRCAA in cooperation with the Madison Public Library has proudly sponsored this adjudicated event showcasing the art work of some of Northeast Ohio’s most talented visual artists. 

Jurors for the show were Linda Merchant and Mary Urbas.  (See below for bios.)

Adjudication Results
Best in Show:  Barbara Archinal for "Old Havana"
1st Place Painting:  Barbara Archinal for "The Village" 
2nd Place Painting:  Barbara Archinal for "The Farm" 
3rd Place Painting:  Charles Cornell for "Yesterday's"

1st Place Photography:  Richard Bailey for "Evening Glow"
2nd Place Photography:  Melanie Lyttle for "Fly Away Home"

1st Place 3D:  Ken Brown for "Wine Goblet"
2nd Place 3D:  Nancy Brotz for "Koru"

Best in Show:  Elias Betchik for "Wood Skull"
1st Place Painting:  Elias Betchik for "Great Attractor"
2nd Place Painting:  Ashley Platt for "Belle"
3rd Place Painting:  McKenna Nalow for "Tiger Lily"

1st Place Drawing:  McKenna Nalow for "Hands"
2nd Place Drawing:  Ashley Platt for "Avada Kedavra"
3rd Place Drawing:  Gina Petrizzo for "Pitbull"

Special Achievement in Photography:  Cal Reger 

Linda Merchant is a visual arts faculty member at the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, the Fine Arts Association and the Ashtabula Arts Center and has also taught visiting artist classes in area public schools.  She is primarily a self-taught artist specializing in contemporary realism and wildlife art, with a focus on detailed painting techniques in oil and soft pastel. 


Merchant has exhibited in national and international juried art shows, winning multiple awards.  She has worked as a gallery representative in a high-end art gallery environment and has participated in juried show planning committees and coordinated gallery events.  http://lamgallery.com/

Mary Urbas is the gallery coordinator, exhibition curator and installation designer at The Gallery in Lakeland Community College.  Primary shows include the “May Show at Lakeland Juried Art Exhibition” and “from WOMAN.”

Urbas has 38 years of experience in the professional art world as a gallery owner, curator, teacher, consultant, and exhibiting fiber artist. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a major in Textile Design and Silk Screen Printing and minors in Weaving and Printmaking.

She has served as a juror for numerous local and regional juried art competitions and outdoor art fairs.  Her own silkscreened wearables, wall hangings and fabrics have received numerous awards in juried exhibitions and art fairs throughout Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.  http://lakelandcc.edu/gallery


Painting shown on homepage is "The Cottage" by Barb Archinal.  Featured photo at top of page is Elias Betchik, Best of Show (student) for his drawing "Wood Skull".  Also shown is Charles Cornell, 3rd Place Painting for his watercolor "Yesterday's".

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