Best in Show winner Hannah Heyer with judge Joshua Cunningham

The Red Wing Plein Air competition in Minnesota recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with a prolific display of artistic mastery between June 21-24, with juror and judge Joshua Cunningham charged with the task of determining winners in 2017. Who were they?

Presented by the Red Wing Arts Association, the Red Wing Plein Air event in Minnesota is one of the largest and most popular in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” In fact, the competition’s national profile is gaining more attention now that it’s recently concluded its 10th year of operation with the event held June 21-24.

Second Place winner Christopher Copeland with judge Joshua Cunningham
Third Place winner Tom McGregor with judge Joshua Cunningham
Jim Turner, winner of Best Sense of Place, with judge Joshua Cunningham
Quick Paint winner Robert Bonawitz with judge Joshua Cunningham
Derek Davis (left), winner of the Spirit of Red Wing award, with his painting “Morning Walk”

In 2017, artist Joshua Cunningham was tagged as juror and judge, and he scoured through submissions from more than 40 regional artists to determine the event winners. Hannah Heyer was this year’s Best in Show winner for “Worth the Hike,” while Christopher Copeland took home Second Place for “River Twilight, Red Wing.” Coming in third was “Lake Pepin Shores” by artist Tom McGregor. Robert Bonawitz seized top honors during the Quick Paint event for “The Tower,” Jim Turner’s “Spring Creek Farm” earned Best Sense of Place, and the Spirit of Red Wing award went to Derek Davis for “Morning Walk.”

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