The RESULTS are in!
The Board of Directors of the Carbon County Arts Guild in Red Lodge, Montana is pleased to announce the results of the annual Rocky Mountain Regional Juried Exhibition for 2014. The winners were announced at the reception held on Saturday, April 5th at the Arts Guild in Red Lodge.
Sonja Caywood from Dayton, Wyoming took First Place for her oil painting “Saturday Brunch”. Caywood was born in Sheridan. After her early years near Ekalaka, Montana, she and her family moved to the Crow Reservation and ranched near Lodge Grass. Growing up in the region, Caywood recalls that her family ranched in “the forgotten ways”, with a mess wagon, tents, teepees, and a rope corral. From these early experiences, she developed an intense appreciation for the landscape. Later, family, school, and career took most of her time. When her 17 year teaching assistant position was dissolved, Caywood called it a “blessing in disguise”, and she was able to devote her time to her dream of painting full-time. She credits her upbringing as her inspiration for her current work as a painter of the landscape and livestock found in and around Sheridan. She currently teaches art, manages the Hans Kleiber Studio Museum during the summer, and writes regularly for The Sheridan Press. Most recently, two of her cow paintings were selected to hang in the Wyoming State Capitol. Caywood is also a featured artist in the current edition of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine.
Second Place went to Tom McCoy, from Clark,WY for his diorama, "Three Can Better Than Toucan". Third Place went to Lana Bittner from Billings for her watercolor, "Calypso". Fourth Place went to Susan Tantlinger for her painting, "Meatball". Honorable Mentions went to Dain Thompson, Chris and Amy Ivanoff, Bonnie Zahn Griffith, Karen Petrovich, and Tom Wolfe. People's Choice winner in the 3D category was Virginia Parker. And there was a 3-way tie for the People's Choice winner in the 2D category, Jordan Pehler, Karen McBride, and Patti Gordon.
The Rocky Mountain Regional Juried Exhibit is the Arts Guild’s annual art competition open to all artists in seven Western states. Caywood’s First Place painting, “Saturday Brunch”, a bright, springtime painting of mare and foal, was chosen from among more than 180 entries. “Saturday Brunch”, along with the other works chosen for the exhibit, can be seen in the Arts Guild’s Main Depot Gallery during the month of April.