2017 Annual Art Show

The Sanford Brush & Palette Club’s 53rd Annual Art Show was held October 21st to 28th at the Bob E. Hales Center, 147 McIver Street in Sanford.   This year’s show featured 476 pieces of art work by 61 artists in 16 different categories in the Competition Gallery (plus 463 art pieces in the Sales Gallery). 

The artwork was judged by the team of Pat Scull and Jill Hunt, both talented and distinguished artists.  After many years living and working as an artist in Raleigh, Pat moved to a new home and studio in Chapel Hill where she creates her own imaginary world using clay, paint, wood, metal and found objects.  Jill is a resident artist of the 311 Gallery in the Warehouse District of Raleigh.  She also teaches art full-time in the Wake County School System and serves on the Town of Clayton’s Public Art Advisory Board. 

The SBPC congratulates all those who received recognition in our 2017 Annual Art Show.  A huge amount of thanks to everyone who entered their artwork in the show, to the artists who generously donated their artwork for the raffle and door prizes, to the volunteers who gave their time to stage and run the show, to our sponsors for their support and to our patrons and visitors who came to the show.  Thank you for an amazing year!

Congratulations to the 53rd Annual Art Show Award Winners

110 Mid-Town Showers by Carolyn Rotter

Best in Show

“Midtown Showers” by Carolyn Rotter

Best in Show:

First Merit:

Second Merit:

 Donald Stacy:

Best Frame:

Mayor’s Choice:

Preserving Our Traditions:

Viewer’s Choice:

Peer Choice:

“Midtown Showers” – Carolyn Rotter

“Pewter Bowl, Pepper & Bottle” – D. Rowe

“Infusion” – Chris Dalton

“Dock Worker” – Barbara Berman

“Bolders on Elm Street” – Everett Cox

“Irma” – Beverly Brookshire

“Totem” — Cheryl Essex

“Mom & Baby”— Megan Von Canon

“April Showers”— Carolyn Rotter

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Highlights of the 2017 Art Show

Members and guests find seats for the Awards Ceremony.
Doug Rowe presents the “Patron of the Arts” award to Fred Von Canon in recognition of his continuing support of the artists of the SBPC. Accepting the award on his behalf is Lisa Mathis.
Mayor Chet Mann reads a city proclamation declaring the month of October to be known as “ARTS-Tober.”

Chris Dalton presents a gift to Cornelia Olive, a recipient of the SBPC Friend of the Arts Award in recognition of her continued support of the SBPC and the arts in our community.

Beth Bale presents a gift of her painting to Charlotte Hohenstein who was given the Lifetime Membership Award in recognition of her service to the SBPC.
Karen Rushatz as her husband, Tim, recounts several anecdotes in the year of his life with Karen as Art Show Chair. What can we say? It’s an obsession.
Joann Thaxton presents Cheryl Essex with the Preserving Our Traditions ribbon for “Totem.”
“Totem” by Cheryl Essex – Preserving our Traditions Award presented by the Lee County Arts Council. This view is 1 of 8 sections standing nearly 6 feet tall.
Maria Rowe receives the Floral First Place Award for “Hydrangeas” from Gael Hogan.
“Hydrangeas” by Maria Rowe – Floral First Place Award.
Gael Hogan & Louisa Heffelfinger share a moment as she receives the Oriental Technique First Place Award for “Weeping Mountains.”
“Weeping Mountains” by Louisa Heffelfinger – Oriental Technique First Place Award.
Chris Dalton receives the 2nd Merit Award ribbon for “Infusion” from Gale Hogan
“Infusion” by Chris Dalton – 2nd Merit Award
Carolyn Rotter receives the Best in Show ribbon from Gael Hogan for “Midtown Showers.”
Mickey Pace showing kids how to make a fairy garden house.
“Cut Bowl” by Mickey Pace – Clay Art First Place Award.
Doug Rowe talks about art to visiting students.
“Pewter Bowl, Peppers & Bottle” by Doug Rowe – 1st Merit Award
Reggie Carde setting up a mural scene for the demonstrations. The Angel Wings in the background were a new addition this year created by Karen Tatum. Great photo opp!
Barbara Berman talks about collage using fabrics.
“Dock Worker” by Barbara Berman – Don Stacy Memorial Award & Portraits Honorable Mention.
Yvonne George shows students how to work in alcohol inks.
“Stories Untold” by Yvonne George – Structural First Place Award.
Gael Hogan prepping for a finger-painting demo.
“Flower Holes” by Gael Hogan – 3D First Place Award.
Sam Carter in the Kid Zone.
“Seascape” by Sam Carter – Miniatures First Place Award
Sandy Scott giving a watercolor demo.
“Coral Reef” by Sandy Scott – Seascape Honorable Mention

Many thanks to our co-sponsor, the Lee County Parks & Recreation Department.


This project is supported by a grant from the Lee County Arts Council through the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lee County Arts Council

Title background artwork is “Silver & Magenta” by Chris Dalton