The Illinois River Salon is a juried event featuring artwork celebrating the beautiful Illinois River Watershed of Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma. 2017 marked the fifth year for the competition, and it’s recently announced the winners. Do you know these artists?
Over $7,000 in awards was up for grabs during the 2017 Illinois River Salon, all of which was recently doled out to several deserving creatives. The jury process for inclusion in the 2017 collection was conducted by the founding members of Heart of America Artists Association Todd A. Williams and John P. Lasater IV. Jeff Legg, a well-known regional artist who is recognized as a Master Signature member by the Oil Painters of America (OPA), was this year’s judge of awards. Selected works for the show are on view through November 29 at Fayetteville Underground.
Lawrence McElroy won Best of Show, which came with a $2,500 award. First Place was awarded to Larry DeGraff, while Jason Sacran earned Second Place. Four Honorable Mentions were also given out, to Donna Jackson, Willis Miller, Thia Schuler, and Nancy Harkins. Other award winners via the salon’s sponsors included Kathryn Fisher, Julie Gowing Hayes, Bob Snider, Pat Meyer, Duane Hada, Virginia Grass Simmons, Margie Moss, and Charles Peer.
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