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Five artists have their selections chosen

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Aaron Salamon was the first place finisher at the Estevan Arts Council's adjudicated art show on November 30. (Photo submitted)

Five artists were selected to apply for a touring exhibition through the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils during the Estevan Arts Council's annual Adjudicated Art Show.

The announcement was made by adjudicator Judy Swallow of Alameda during a public reception on December 1 at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum (EAGM). Swallow said she had a tough decision, as there were 12 artists who entered the show this year.

Aaron Salamon was the first place finisher for his various stone carvings. Marlene Vicary was second for her mixed media and painting entries, and Byron Fichter was third for his Prairie landscape photography.

Honourable mentions went to quilter Eileen McKersie and gourd artist Julie-Anne Wallewein.

All will be eligible to apply for a touring show.

Salamon submitted soap stone, yellow wave wander stone, black chlorite and two types of alabaster.

"There was a large contrast in the colour of the stones and the types of stones that he used," said Swallow. "He had simplistic elements, and he had elements that were very intricate within the different types of stones that he used, and the different types of stories that he was telling for them."

Swallow found Salamon's carvings created an interaction between people and the stones.

Each of Vicary's paintings depicted a different human sense, Swallow said, and she was pleased that Vicary didn't get over-expressive with her submissions.

"It's very easy to keep piling things on," said Swallow. "You have to know when to quit, and you have to know when you're story is telling the right thing, because it can get carried away. Also what happens with collage is you have to constantly remember all the art elements."

Vicary succeeded at having a good flow in her art elements, Swallow said, and the images pull the viewer towards the picture.

Fichter's photography was very attractive, Swallow said, and they inspire melancholy. She was also impressed with the humourous names for the photos.

"The images just pulled me into them," said Swallow. "It was, I thought to be, a thoughtful work, depicting a time and an era and a place, as well as now. And he did a bit of creative work with an artistic work … that gave it a little bit of a different feel."

The editing created a dreamlike element, she said.

McKersie's quilts were technically very strong, Swallow said, and Swallow could tell they required many hours of work. Wallewein's gourds impressed Swallow with their intricate and technical details, and their wonderful flow of colours, patterns and varieties.

"I was really impressed with everybody's work," said Swallow. "It was extremely difficult to choose."

Each artist was able to speak about their submissions during the reception.

Swallow lauded the variety in this year's show. Participants ranged in age from 14-year-old Zach Jocelyn, who submitted pencil sketches, to senior citizens. And the artistic mediums ranged from sculptures to quilts to rug paintings to collage to photography.

The other participating artists were: Gene De La Cruz, Kayla Hanson, Evelyn Johnson, Darlene Martin, Michelle Miller and Corinne Trebick-Gibson.

About 100 people attended the reception.

The artwork in the adjudicated art show will remain on display until December 20.

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