By TOM LAVENTURE
Ironwood – Range Art Association members said this year’s 64th annual Art Show had an increase in entries, more new artists, high quality and a diversity of styles.
“I thought the event went wonderfully,” said Nancy Korpela, president. “There were a lot of new items and new techniques that the artists are using.”
In the Master Art Show category, Ken Drawz won Best of Show. Connie Greany won the Melba Rigoni Technical Award.
The Award of Excellence was presented to artists Arlene Sarkela and Gerry Traczyk. Honorable Mention awards were presented to Sarkela, and Gail Kniska.
Drawz, of Mercer, Wisconsin, said he is proud of his “Leader of Men” acrylic painting that won the masters work category. The work to re-create the original Howard Terpning painting of the First Nation chief was a departure from his wildlife and landscape work.
“He’s a superb artist,” Drawz said. “I just liked it and I thought it was something that I could hang in my house and enjoy it.”
His second submission was a scratchboard work with wolves as the subject. Scratchboard is a form of engraving that creates images by scraping at a dark coating over a white panel using fine tools.
Drawz said he has submitted work for the Art Show for a decade. He is pleased to see more artists submitting work.
“I think this show is getting better every year,” Drawz said. “We’ve seen a number of new artists this year and the quality is certainly very good.”
In the Art Show category, Mary Staeben was Best of Show. The Melba Rigoni Technical Award was presented to Sandy Stella.
Staeben also won the Dorothy Silkworth Kuula Award of Excellence. Lawrence Smith won the Phyllis Leinonon Award of Excellence.
The Honorable Mention awards were presented to Michelle Pozzani, Julann Grebbie and Susan Landsdown.
Staeben, of Hazelhurst, Wisconsin, said this was her first visit to the Art Show and to Ironwood. She was pleased to see her burrow wood carving, “Stormy Lake,” so well received and…