Art show winners named

PLYMOUTH — Two local art galleries held openings of new exhibits/ shows last weekend.
Inspirative and Heart-land Artists are both located in downtown Plymouth.
Inspirative Gallery presented “Contemporary Still Life” with selections from Dennis Woitkiewicz, Angela Leed, Scott Hatt, Anthony Droege and Glenn Howell.
Leed, who serves as the gallery director, said, “I began envisioning this exhibition while reading ‘Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art.’ It set the wheels in motion and I set out to bring together artist’s work that could individually speak about each topic of time, place, identity, the body, language, science and spiritually.”
On the same day, Heartland Artists opened its 22nd annual Juried Artists Regional Art Exhibit. Judging this year’s entries was Gregg Hertzlieb, director/curator of the Bauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University.
“I found it interesting that much of the subject matter related to nature,” Hertzlieb said. “I tried to select for award winner’s pieces that show a range of styles.”
The 2010 prize winners included: Best of Show, Ruthie Enamorado; first prize, Gerrie Govert; second prize, Doris Myers; third prize, Charles Capek; fourth prize, Ellen Ridenour; Merit Award, Kevin Gross; Merit Award, Sheryl Ruegner; Merit Award, Stephen Blackburn; Merit Award, Lea Goldman, Merit Award, Fred Holly; Peer Award, Robert Hardt, and Peer Award, Sister Damian McNamara.
The Peer Awards are given in recognition of a particular, demonstrated talent and as encouragement to take that talent even further, according to Heartland Artists representatives.
Prize awards were made possible by several businesses and individuals.
Heartland Artists is a member supported organization, open to artists and anyone interested in the arts. It was first founded in the 1970s.
Its fall show has grown in popularity over the years and now offers $5,000 in prizes and purchase awards.
Approximately 100 artists submit pieces for the judging.