The painters worked in Waxahachie, Texas, from May 29 through June 5, but for about half of that time, the weather posed a challenge for participants in Paint Historic Waxahachie. Who walked away as winners? 

A little 5″-x7″ oil painting took Best of Show: Ted Clemens’ piece “Victorian Window #2” was the top winner. First Place went to Lynn LaRose for her oil painting “The Pastor’s Porch.” Tina Bohlman won Second Place with “Klassy Klutter Store,” and Third Place went to Kent Brewer for “IOOF.”

“The Pastor’s Porch,” by Lynn LaRose, 2015, oil, 8 x 10 in. First Place

“Klassy Klutter Store,” by Tina Bohlman, 2015, oil, 12 x 16 in. Second Place

Brewer was the Artists’ Choice winner, and Tina Bohlman won People’s Choice. Liz Bonham, Nancy Bozeman, Gail Greenoe, Olivette Hubler, Debob Jacob, Bob O’Brian, Henry Prikryl, Linda Schindler, and Tammy Wascovich earned Honorable Mention awards.

“IOOF,” by Kent Brewer, 2015, oil, 10 x 8 in. Third Place

The 33 participating artists entered 150 paintings in the show, which was hosted by the Ellis County Art Association and judged by Deborah Paris. In this, the event’s 10th year, the emphasis was on the gingerbread styling, filigree woodwork, and charming structure of Waxahachie’s Victorian homes. For the first four days, the painters worked amid thunderstorms and the threat of flash floods. “We had one wave of thunderstorms after another in the beginning, but the artists persevered and continued to paint under the hatches of SUVs and the awnings of downtown store buildings,” says Bohlman, the event’s organizer. “The sun finally popped out, and artists had perfect plein air weather throughout the rest of the event.”


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