For the third time in five years, Fort Wayne area artist Fred Doloresco captured the first place prize at the Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale at the Brown County Art Gallery in Nashville. The IHA Show, now celebrating its 39th year, is one of the largest art competitions in the Midwest and features traditional style work by the best Indiana artists.
Over 124 artists entered nearly 340 works of art in this year’s competition. Judge Lori Putnam of Charlotte, TN, chose the artists for the show and then picked the 22 prize winners who will share more than $20,000 in prize money. First prize for his oil painting, “Snow Vestured Story,” earned Fred Doloresco $5,000.
Second place went to Dan Bulleit of Greenville for his painting, “Dancing in the Shadows,” and third place was awarded to C.W. Mundy of Indianapolis for “Cap Ferrat, France.” For the first time in 10 years, an artist received not one but two prizes. Mundy received an Award of Excellence for another entry, an oil painting titled “Roses.”
Each year the Board of Directors selects one piece from the show to add to the IHA permanent collection. “Snow Vestured Story” is the 17th addition to the collection in honor of the late Frances “Fran” Rogers, one of the early IHA presidents and organizers of IHA.
Awards of Excellence, in addition to Mundy, went to David Dale of Muncie, Dan Woodson of Muncie, and Steve Dodge of Martinsville.
All paintings in the show are for sale. The Indiana Heritage Arts Show is free to the public and runs now through Saturday, July 1. Brown County Art Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Be sure to go check it out!
Submitted by guest blogger Letty Newkirk