Jeanne Clohisy took home the top prize at this event in Schaumburg, Illinois. Find out why the judge picked her piece. 

Clohisy won First Prize in the 4th Annual Prairie Plein Air Competition with her piece “First Blush of Spring.” Competition judge Eddie Corkery said, “This painting was the best designed painting of the group. It holds together from the back of the room and calls attention to itself. She has maintained the light and dark elements in the design, so although the brushwork is loose, the day and the location (nature walk on a sunny day) are unambiguous. A good job on a good day to paint.”

 “First Blush of Spring,” by Jeanne Clohisy, 2014, oil. First Prize

“Peggy Dee’s Shed,” by Anne Kauff, 2014, oil. Second Prize

“Victorian on Schaumburg Road,” by Lee Radkte, 2014, oil. Third Prize

Second Prize was won by Anne Kauff for her oil painting “Peggy Dee’s Shed.” Third Prize was won by Lee Radtke for “Victorian on Schaumburg Road.” Christina Body took home Honorable Mention for “Windmill,” along with Julie Janzen’s “Heritable Farm” and Frankie Johnson’s “Construction Flags.”


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