LOYO show raises $4,000 for Lawrence mental health center

Nearly $20,000 worth of art was sold at the Lawrence Own-Your-Own Art Exhibition and Sale Sept. 25 through Oct. 3 at the Wakarusa Corporate Centre.

About $4,000 went to Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, the beneficiary of the annual art-based charity fund-raiser. Work is sold at retail value, and the artists agree to donate 20 percent of their sales to Bert Nash.

Juror Edward Barr, director of the Mulvane Museum of Art in Topeka, served as juror for the show. He selected 104 area artists and about 150 pieces for the exhibition.

Artists earned more than $23,400 after art sales and cash awards. Fifty-five pieces were purchased; 41 of those pieces were bought by patrons who had pledged to spend a certain amount before seeing the show.

Sales were down from last year, when $27,000 worth of work sold. Diana Dunkley, member of the Lawrence Committee for the Advancement of the Visual Arts, which organizes the annual event, attributed the drop, in part, to lower-priced art.

Here's a look at the award winners from this year's show:

¢ People's Choice Award ($250), Will Orvedal, Table and Chair

¢ Best of Show ($500), Shana Rossi, "Come In and Sit"

¢ 2nd Place ($300), Rick Stein, Bureau

¢ 3rd Place ($100), Will Orvedal, Display Table

¢ Donna R. Adams Merit ($250), Bob Gent, Multi-colored Bowl

¢ ArtFrames ($50 gift certificate), David Beal, "Marjorie"

¢ Jenna Coker ($100), Joel C. Smith, "Crank Table"

¢ CornerBank ($50), Lisa Grossman, "Spring Storms Move In"

¢ FastFrame ($50 gift certificate), Shakura Jackson, "I Remember the Birds"

¢ Fields Gallery ($50 gift certificate), Bill Bowerman, "Tulip Fling"

¢ Mike and Charli Frederick ($75), Walt Hull, "Volleyball at the Convent"

¢ Image Works ($100 gift certificate), Ed Robison, "Ephraim's Enso"

¢ Jayhawk Bookstore ($100 gift certificate), Hobart Jackson, "Thinking Woman Standing"

¢ Christina Jordan ($250), Kathy Campbell, "Shoes for the Blue Brick Road"

¢ Lawrence ArtWalk (three $75 gift certificates), Jerry Culbertson, "Studio Portrait of M"; Lena Marie Echelle, Corrugated Life Series Pendant No. 1; and Kristin Raven, "Sexy Beasts"

¢ Jan and Kent McCullough ($100), Stephen Johnson, "Standing Nude"

¢ Paradigm Design Ecological Building Products ($100), Chris Wolf Edmonds, "Leaves: Sweet Gum 1"

¢ William and Marlene V. Penny ($50), George Paley, "Easter on the Kaw"

¢ Punch with Judys ($300), Michelle Babcock, "Monet's Garden"

¢ Sabatini Architects ($300), Grace Carmody, Sterling Spoon

¢ Scott Rice OfficeWorks ($50), Robin Harnden, "Play"

¢ Allen and Sandra Wiechert ($50), Gladys Sanders, "Woman with Fabric Headdress"

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