Art Guild holds Juried Art Competition and Exhibition

By Natalie Covher

The Natchitoches Art Guild (NAG) and Gallery held their 23rd Annual Juried Art Competition and Exhibition Saturday, August 6.  Guests viewed over 40 entries while sipping wine and snacking on a delectable spread of tasty treats.  Each guest was able to cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award.

This year’s juror was Christine Bailey co-owner of Norsworthy Art Gallery in downtown Shreveport. She studied under well-known artist Jerry Wray for many years and her formal training includes classes at Bossier Parish Community College and workshops at the Barnwell Art Center. She holds memberships in the Hoover Watercolor Society and Louisiana Artists, Inc.

NAG President and Gallery Director Jo Lapeyrouse enthusiastically welcomed guests. She thanked sponsors, affiliate community organizations, lifetime members and Art guild members who all helped bring the show to culmination. She also thanked the artists.

“Those that I want to thank most of all is the artists,” said Lapeyrouse. “Thank you for what you do and for casting your lot with us. Without you we would have nothing to show.”

Bailey then proceeded to give awards. The Natchitoches Art Guild Memorial Award was presented to LaJean Sigler for her photograph titled Infrared Blues. “Great technique,” said Bailey. “It really does show all the values.”

The Award of Excellence was presented to Betty Yoist for her pastel piece titled Blue Ridge Stream. “Excellent use of a medium,” said Bailey.

The Annie Laurie Award for Innovation and Creativity was presented to Kathleen Byrd for her colored pencil and ink piece titled The Forest Floor. “This is just a great piece that I really loved,” said Bailey.

The People’s Choice Awards was presented to Charlie Viers for his pine needle piece titled Going Sporting Hat. The crowd cheered and everyone wanted to try on the intricate hat.

The Best In Show Award was presented to Mike Yoist for his acrylic piece titled Basis of Life. “I thought this piece had fabulous movement,” said Bailey.

Stop by the gallery on Front Street from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. any day of the week. Don’t miss the NAG Art Auction Thursday, September 15.