Swanton fine art awards handed out


Bill O’Connell of Swanton, center, was recognized with first place in the Photography category. He is seen with Chamber of Commerce President Neil Toeppe, left, and Swanton Mayor Ann Roth.

Bill O’Connell of Swanton, center, was recognized with first place in the Photography category. He is seen with Chamber of Commerce President Neil Toeppe, left, and Swanton Mayor Ann Roth.


Kira Cherry, a Swanton High School senior received recognition in the youth category Drawing/Pastel. SHe is seen here with Swanton Mayor Ann Roth, left, and Chamber of Commerce President Neil Toeppe.


The Swanton Juried Fine Art Exhibit First Place, Best of Show and People’s Choice award winners were recognized at a dinner and reception at Valleywood Golf Club on the evening of Dec. 3.

The exhibit was held on Oct. 17 and 18 and featured nine adult categories and four youth categories.

All of the winners received proclamations from Governor John Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor recognizing their artistic excellence.

The winners were:

Alyssa Hartz, Lambertville, Oil (youth), first for Lucien Lachance.

Bill O’Connell, Swanton, Photography – Natural, first for Pine Barn.

Debra Buchanan, Toledo, Drawing, People’s Choice for Recital.

Denise Declerq, Toledo, Drawing, first for Don’t Worry Butterfly.

Keith Grindal, Montpelier, Pastel, first for Passing Storm.

Kira Cherry, Swanton, Pastel (youth), first for Why Caged Bird Sings.

Ramona Mercer, Perrysburg, Watercolor, first for Magnolia on Blue.

Timothy Tyree, Maumee, Oil, first and Best of Show for Red Maple Row.

Christine Deemer, Perrysburg, Acylic, first for Sea Foam.

Chas Schmidt, Swanton, Computer Generated Art – Manipulated Art, first for Exterminate.

Deanna Richardson, Whitehouse, Tulle, first for Lion Coffee.

The exhibit featured 49 artists from two states and 16 communities in northwest Ohio. There were 131 pieces of fine art presented to a panel of three expert art jurists.

The Swanton Area Chamber will be presenting its Third Annual Juried Fine art Exhibit and Sale Oct. 15-17, 2016. Proceeds support the arts and art scholarships throughout the area.

Bill O’Connell of Swanton, center, was recognized with first place in the Photography category. He is seen with Chamber of Commerce President Neil Toeppe, left, and Swanton Mayor Ann Roth.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2015/12/web1_O-connell-award.jpgBill O’Connell of Swanton, center, was recognized with first place in the Photography category. He is seen with Chamber of Commerce President Neil Toeppe, left, and Swanton Mayor Ann Roth.

Kira Cherry, a Swanton High School senior received recognition in the youth category Drawing/Pastel. SHe is seen here with Swanton Mayor Ann Roth, left, and Chamber of Commerce President Neil Toeppe.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2015/12/web1_Kira-Cherry-award.jpgKira Cherry, a Swanton High School senior received recognition in the youth category Drawing/Pastel. SHe is seen here with Swanton Mayor Ann Roth, left, and Chamber of Commerce President Neil Toeppe.