The Aiken Artist Guild presented 19 Awards and 13 Honorable Mentions at the 2014 Member Show.
The ceremony was held at the Aiken Center for the Arts on June 12.
More than 70 Guild members submitted artwork.
This year’s top award recipients include Wendy Cunico, who won the New Member award; Ginger Ferguson, who won the Best Aiken Scene award and Suzanne Simmons, who won the Best of Show and People’s Choice awards.
Gretchen Van Zile, daughter of Guild co-founder Jeanne Van Zile, presented the People’s Choice Award to Simmons.
During the presentation ceremonies, Van Zile commented on her mother’s important statements that positively impacted her as a child.
Van Zile said her mother taught her to see “the beauty of all things.”
The following placed first in their respective categories: Deborah Tidwell Holtzscheiter in Portrait/Figurative; Dave Muhlbaier in Abstract/Experimental; Jeannette Shoemaker in Still Life/Floral; Ann Rauton Smith in Landscape/Interior and Tom Supensky-Wildlife/Animals.
The 2014 Member Show juror was Alan MacTaggart, art department chair at Georgia Regents University.
MacTaggart chose the winning entries earlier in the week.
He has been involved in the arts and creating art for more than 40 years in the U.S., and abroad.
An estimate of 300 people attended the opening night.
All submitted artwork can be viewed at Aiken Center for the Arts until July 3.
For more information on the Aiken Artist Guild, visit www.aikenartistguild.us.
Earlier this month, the Aiken Artist Guild held its annual Member Show. Below is a list of the night’s winners.
Best Aiken Scene: Ginger Ferguson, “Reflections at Hopeland Gardens”
Best of Show: Suzanne Simmons, “Kim”
New Member: Wendy Cunico, “Purple’s Passion”
People’s Choice: Suzanne Simmons, “Kim”
• First: Ann Rauton Smith, “Memories”
• Second: Mary Ann Brock, “Trailhead - Point Reyes”
• Third: Colleen Morgan, “Peeling Staircase”
• Honorable Mentions: Margaret Hunt, “Scituate Light;” Warren Westcott, “Hopeland Gardens; Gail Smith, “Marsh Clouds”
• First: Deborah Tidwell Holtzscheiter, “Nap Time”
• Second: Marsha Shelburn, “Young Scholars”
• Third: Bill Updegraff, “Drummerboys”
• Honorable Mentions: Corrine Kenny, “Trails in Pink;” Tracey Drake, “Virtues: Innocence;” Marilyn Hartley, “Melancholy Babe”
• First: Jeannette Shoemaker, “Sunlit Mum”
• Second: Barbie Gibson, “Red Eyes and Paradise”
• Third: Carolyn Hobbs Miller, “Vegetable Medley and Clay Bottle”
• Honorable Mentions: Anne Nielsen, “Amaryllis #2;” Wendy Cunico, “Purple’s Passion”
• First: Tom Supensky, “Lettuce”
• Second: Toni Myers, “Daisy and Petal”
• Third: Joy Abbott, “Six Up”
• Honorable Mentions: Bambi Bond, “Ladybug with Kitten and Camellias;” George Buggs, “Aiken’s Love Bird”
• First: Dave Muhlbaier, “Space Imagined”
• Second: Ann Lemay, “Rain and Fire in the Sky”
• Third: Linda Hardy, “The Joker”
• Honorable Mentions: Yong Ae, “Morning Yoga;” Barbara Yon, “Untitled;” Doris Sofge, “Space Walk”
Submitted Photo Ann Rauton Smith won the first place award in the Landscape/Interior category for her pen, ink and watercolor work, “Memories.”×
Submitted Photo Suzanne Simmons won both the Best of Show and the People’s Choice awards for her oil painting, “Kim.”×
Submitted Photo Yong Ae won an honorable mention in the Abstract/Experimental category for her acrylic painting “Morning Yoga” during this year’s Aiken Artist Guild Member Show.×
Submitted Photo Gretchen Van Zile, left, presented the People's Choice award to Suzanne Simmons during this year's Aiken Artist Guild Member Show.×