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(PHOTOS) Art appreciators choose favorite works in Gillette nonprofit’s contest

Three Gillette women won the people's choice contest.

An art lover peruses the gallery Jan. 27. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — This evening, art enthusiasts mingled and reviewed art from across the country that adorned AVA Community Art Center’s walls in Gillette.

Sue Knesel (left) and Janice Hamilton chat at the event. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

The show featured themes of nature landscapes, animals, cowboy culture, still life and more. Mediums included sculpture, paintings, pen, fiber, print and photography.

In a people’s choice contest, event attendees chose their three favorite works of art.

Three Gillette women won: Hannah Mooney, Blanche Guernsey and Breanna Whitlock.

Hannah Mooney, Blanche Guernsey and Breanna Whitlock won the people’s choice contest. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

In no particular order, here are their works:

“Life is a Gamble” by Blanche Guernsey, oil (Mary Stroka/County 17)
“Ring of Fire” by Hannah Mooney, acrylic (Mary Stroka/County 17)
“Paint Me Home in Wyoming” by Breanna Whitlock, photography (Mary Stroka/County 17)

Juror Selections

Jurors selected another three works of art.

“Best in Show”

“Wetlands” by Gregory Wilhelmi, oil on panel (Mary Stroka/County 17)

Second place:

“Summer Blooms” by Stephanie Rose, oil on linen (Mary Stroka/County 17)

Third place

“Shadow” by Michael Plourde, raku ceramics (Mary Stroka/County 17)

Artist Joan Sowada said she believed the event had a good turnout. It was nice to catch up with friends, she said.

The art will be brought to the CAM-PLEX Energy Hall Jan. 28 for the center’s 21st Annual ART MATTERS Auction and Gala Fundraiser. Proceeds from the event support community artists.

View all of the art pieces here. To learn more about the center, call 307-682-9133 or visit www.avacenter.org.