Fallfire Art Contest names winners


Fallfire grand prize winner The digital painting shown, entitled “Burning Bush,” by Lacey McCormick, of Waterville, Iowa, won the 2013 Fallfire grand prize. The 10th annual Fallfire Art Contest is a local contest open to all ages and all mediums. Award winners were named Nov. 8 at Simply in Prairie du Chien. Many of the pieces will be on display, and for sale, at the Fallfire: Retrospectus, a special open house and art gallery show this Friday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Knowlton House in Prairie du Chien. The event is free and open to the public. It will also include wine sampling, specialty cheeses and other surprises. For those who cannot attend, the gallery will be open the next day, Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Winners of the 10th annual Fallfire Art Contest, which was open to local artists of any age and in all mediums, have been announced.

A grand prize was awarded, as were prizes in four different categories: photography, two-dimensional art, written works, and other media. This year’s Best of Show winner was “Burning Bush,” a colorful digital painting by Lacey McCormick, of Waterville, Iowa. Winning the Picture This Photography Award was “Glamping Glow,” a photo of a glamorous outdoor camping scene submitted by John D. Ivanko, of Browntown. The Two-Dimensional Art Prize was awarded to “Marina’s House,” a detailed black-and-white, stylized silhouette piece by Patrick Collins, of Prairie du Chien. A poem, titled “They Called Her Fire,” won the Written Works Award for Nicole Lessard, also of Prairie du Chien.

The winning entry in the Kelly and Ruth Mundt Other Media category was “Reflections of Fall,” a broach-like piece of jewelry, created by Kelli Boylen, of Waterville, Iowa. There were also several Fallfire finalists, including Sara Hollenbeck, Suzy Tegge, Marnie Carlson, Kelley Seim-Jones, Mara Gerhards and Jordan Kjome.

All of this year’s contest entrants will be presented at Fallfire: Retrospectus, a special open house and art gallery show to be held Friday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the historic Knowlton House, in downtown Prairie du Chien. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature unique original works (several for sale), many of the participating artists, wine sampling, specialty cheeses and other surprises.

For those who cannot attend the open house, the gallery will also be open the next day, Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information can also be found at www.fallfire.org.

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