MASON CITY — “Area Show: 45” awards were announced during an opening reception Nov. 19 at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum.

Artists competed to have their work featured in a solo exhibition and for $1,000 in cash awards.

Claude Bilsborough of Titonka, who received Best in Show for his oil on linen piece, “In the Flyway,” will be granted a solo exhibition in 2017.

Three artists received $250 Excellence Awards: Joan Webster-Vore of Hudson for her fiber/mixed media piece, “Shadows,” Jo Anne Willemsen of Mason City for her ceramic piece, “Broken Glacier Dreams,” and Larry Gregson of Mason City for his oil on herringbone linen piece, “Crushed Can on Scrap Plywood.”

Merit Awards of $100 each were given to Rob Wallace of Ames for his wood piece, “Sunrise Splendor,” and to Jaclyn Garlock of Clear Lake for her painting, “Take Time to Make Time.”

The $50 Most Daring Award went to Paul Weitzel of Mason City for his oil on salvaged board, “Winter Train.”

Honorable Mention awards were given to Danny Brunsvold of Kensett for his drawing, “Bestefars Family,” Jan Hix of Waterloo for her oil painting, “Once There Were Buffalo,” Gregson for his painting, “The Illuminated Line,” and Lori Biwer-Stewart of Osage for her collagraph, “Tension.”

The exhibition includes a variety of works created by artists above high school age living within a 100-mile radius of Mason City. Each artist was eligible to submit two entries. This year’s show drew 106 entries by 56 artists, and 45 works by 36 artists were chosen for the exhibit.

The juror was Naomi Friend, exhibits curator at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames.

Many works are for sale and can be purchased through the museum.

The exhibition will be on view in the Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery through Jan. 28. Admission is free and open to the public.

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