ARTinME: John Vander awarded Best In Show

Annual exhibition runs through Nov. 12
Posted:  Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 8:30pm

Story Location:
1 Townsend Avenue
Boothbay Harbor  Maine  04538
United States

It was standing room only at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation the evening of Oct. 14 for the ARTinME awards ceremony. Juror Chris Crosman selected 106 works from 216 submissions from artists statewide.

And now the list of artists placing in the ninth annual ARTinME exhibition  ... drum roll, please!


Best in Show: John Vander - “Purple Mountain” acrylic on Anagoni paper  ~ $500  Best in Show - from Sherman’s Books & Stationery

Second Place: Catherine Gibson - “Yoni Vessel #4” pit-smoked fired clay  ~ $300  Second Prize - from First National Bank

Third Place: Leilani Havens - “Spirit of the Bay,” torn paper and acrylics ~ $250  Third Prize - from First Federal Savings Bank


First Honorable Mention: Sarah Greenier “Cadillac Mountain” 

Second Honorable Mention: Ronald Frontin “Insight” oil on paper 

Third Honorable Mention: Mark Coates “Totem” oil on canvas 

Fourth Honorable Mention: Jean Kigel “Close Quarters” watercolor

Voting for the People’s Choice Award began during the evening’s festivities and will continue through Nov. 12.  The winner will be announced at the BRAF’s annual Art in the Square show opening Dec. 2. The People’s Choice award of $500 is provided by Knickerbocker Group.

Crossman was director of the Farnsworth Art Museum for 18 years. He is also the founding chief curator of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crossman has written extensively about American art and artists, including serving as editor and principal essayist for Celebrating the American Spirit, the inaugural publication of the collection of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, authoring “Islands for Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect,” an exhibition opening at the Brandywine Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and traveling to the Seattle Art Museum this fall. He lives in Thomaston, where he is an independent curator, consultant and writer.

The ARTinME exhibition will be displayed through Nov. 12. The BRAF is located at 1 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. For more information, call 633-2703.

More on ARTinME #9 will be included in the Oct. 19 edition of the Boothbay Register.