Parade Ready

Best in Show award in Iowa Crafts : 42 went to Hank Hall of Spirit Lake for "Parade Ready," high-fired stoneware with mixed media.

MASON CITY | Hank Hall of Spirit Lake was awarded Best in Show for his ceramic and mixed media piece, "Parade Ready," during the opening reception Nov. 14 of "Iowa Crafts: 42" at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum.

This grants Hall a solo exhibition next year in the museum’s Center Space Gallery.

The competition was open to all artists above high school age living in Iowa. Forty-five artworks by 23 artists were selected.

The Best in Clay award of $150 went to P. O’Brien Tyrrell of Northwood for his clay vessel, "Tobacco Barn Teapot," and the Juror’s Special Mention in Clay of $50 was awarded to Margie Kline of St. Ansgar for her gas-fired stoneware piece, "Optical Illusion."

Best in Fiber ($150) was given to Brenda Backman of Story City for her framed fiber piece, "Lines Threads Prairies," and the Juror’s Special Mention in Fiber ($50) went to Susan E. Kuennen Massman of Elgin for her basket, "Sarah."

The Best in Metal/Wood ($150) was given to Rob Wallace of Ames for his wooden vessel, "Vivid Vessel of Virtue," and the Juror’s Special Mention in Metal/Wood ($50) went to Julienne Friday of Forest City for her "Aztec Box."

The Best in Other Craft Media ($150) went to Katie Brooks of Manchester for her cast glass artwork, "We Go Together," and the Juror’s Special Mention in Other Craft Media ($50) was awarded to Chris White-Rozendaal of Clear Lake for her fused glass piece, "Dancing In the Moonlight."

The juror was Laura Colby, a lecturer of art at Upper Iowa University.

“It was exciting to see the range of materials and approaches used by each artist," Colby said in her juror’s statement. "The entries I reviewed showed extensive skill by each artist. This skill is something that takes patience, practice, creative thought and perseverance to obtain and will be obvious to anyone viewing this year’s exhibition.”

"Iowa Crafts: 42," sponsored by NSB Bank, is on display in the Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery through Jan. 9, 2016.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free.

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