Hickory – Full Circle Arts of Hickory is pleased to announce the winners of its spring competition entitled “My North Carolina: Personal Views of Life in Our State” and would like to invite the public to their reception for the event this Thursday March 8, 2018 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

This year the exhibition was judged and juried by Toni Carlton owner/director of Carlton Gallery. Her gallery is located in the Grandfather Mountain community between Boone and Banner Elk, NC and features over 200 local, regional and national artists working in all mediums. She also presents special exhibitions and many workshops for artists. Toni is a mixed media painter herself and has been running the gallery for over 35 years.

The winners of the show are: First place, Initiation: Spring (Jessie’s Teapot), by Karen Parker – oil/canvas, Second place, Jackson, by Lou D’Avignon – oil , Third place, Here Comes the Sun, by Kae B. Wright – watercolor. The awards for Honorable Mention were given to Diane Enger for Love My Mountains, fused glass; Vickie Jo Franks for Angels & NC Wild Things, assemblage (collage); Tom Helfert for Breaking Through, watercolor; Meredith Janssen for Fresh Onions, watercolor; Margaret Carter Martine for Wilson’s Creek, oil on canvas; and Jane Wingate Mitchell for DNA, watercolor, watercolor pencil, gesso.

The show was judged for First, Second and Third place winners who will receive prizes of $300, $200, and $100 respectively. Honorable Mentions will be awarded with ribbons. “My North Carolina” will run from March 8 until April 14th. The Full Circle Arts gallery is located at 42-B Third Street NW, Hickory and welcomes visitors any time during regular business hours, Wednesday through Friday 11am – 5 pm and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm.

We would like to thank Dr. William F. Straka, DDS PA and Douglas C. Bishop CPA for their generous help with sponsoring the prizes for this exhibit.

FCA is a non-profit artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW. More information about Full Circle Arts, classes, membership, or other upcoming events is available at 828-322-7545. You may also write to Full Circle Arts, PO Box 3905, Hickory NC 28603, or email [email protected]. Please visit our website at www.fullcirclearts.org.