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Area artists display talent at ArtReach's annual Members Show

Gil Gragert and Suzann Brown with the winning sculpture of the exhibition. Gragert was awarded Best of Show, while Brown was given honorable mention for her acrylic painting, "Three Irish Women." Photo by Alana Cuellar

The annual Members Show at ArtReach St. Croix opened July 13 with a reception and awards presentation. This year's exhibition celebrates the diversity of art, including work by 58 artists who live or work in the St. Croix Valley.

Two cash awards were presented at the reception. The Best of Show award went to Gil Gragert for his mosaic sculpture, "Gaia: Mother of All." This award is funded by arts enthusiast Suzann Brown who also recognized Nancy L. Johnson's acrylic painting, "Three Irish Women" with an honorable mention. The VAC award selected by members of the ArtReach visual arts committee was presented to Julie Snidle who made an encaustic painting entitled "A New Route."

A third cash award, the Audience award, will be announced at a closing reception 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Each gallery visitor during the run of the Members Show is invited to cast one vote for their favorite artist or piece. All votes received by 3 p.m. on the day of the closing party will be tallied to determine the award winner.

The annual Members Show will be on view through Saturday, Aug. 19. The galleries at ArtReach St. Croix are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

To learn more about St. Croix Valley events, visit: www.StCroixSplash.org

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