In its third year, the Illinois River Salon chose winners from a variety of media.
The salon is run by the Heart of America Artists’ Association, with the Illinois River Watershed Partnership acting as one of its partners. Participants were required to depict a specific scene in the Illinois River Watershed, completing the picture in the year prior to the entry deadline.

“Sager Creek Bubbly,” by Julie Gowing Hayes, oil, 8 x 10 in. Second Place

Michele Wells won both Best of Show and Artists’ Choice with her pastel painting “Day Break.” She took home $2,500 for the win. Second Place went to Julie Gowing Hayes for her oil “Sager Creek Bubbly.” Nancy Harkins won Third Place with the watercolor painting “Sunlight on Cedar Creek.” Gil Adams, Judy Howard, Roseanne Kissee, Julie Miller, and Becky Porter earned Honorable Mention.

“Sunlight on Cedar Creek,” by Nancy Harkins, watercolor, 16 x 16 in. Third Place

Chad Allgood, a curator at the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, served as judge. The show consisted of 75 pieces from 50 artists, some coming from as far away as Wisconsin and Colorado. The pieces will be on display until November 28 at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership Learning Center in Cave Springs, Arkansas.
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