The Hunting prize
contest is appealing in several ways. Submitting an entry is easy and
free. You just email a photo of a work (only one) within the time frame
(in the fall). After the jury has made its decisions, you are notified
whether your entry was accepted. If so, you need to ship or deliver your
entry around April 1. You are also invited to the Gala around May 1,
after which you can pick up your entry or have it shipped back to you.
Your only cost is shipping (or travel, if you deliver and pick it up
yourself). If it sells, you get to keep the entire sales price, and you
don't have to worry about picking it up.
appealing is the fact that there is only one prize, $50,000. Your
chances of winning that are slim, and there are no other awards for the
almost as good entries, except that your piece might sell. Bill
Franklin's "Reflection" (shown at the right) was one of 134 entries
accepted this year from over 1400 submissions. It didn't sell and it
didn't win the prize, but he and Judy enjoyed the gala, where there was
gobs of delicious food and beautiful flowers. There were also many
chances to discuss art with the other artists and invited guests.
The 2010 winner was Houston artist Lane Hagood. His
"Books I Have Possessed,"
consisted of over a hundred small paintings of book jackets on a canvas
about three feet square. The Franklins were not impressed, but
apparently the judge was. There's no guessing what a judge might
like, so you just have to submit something that you are happy with, and
hope for the best. Considering the odds, holding your breath is not
Hagood is among the youngest artists to earn the Prize. A
2008 graduate of the University of Houston, his works have been
exhibited at BiRDHOUSE Gallery, which supports eclectic and emerging
artists; the Joanna in Houston; and Domy Books in Houston and Austin. He
was also featured in
Pen To Paper,
a book published in Berlin, Germany, by Pictoplasma, and in March 2010
was part of an exhibition at San Antonio’s LoneStar Studios that
showcased the Houston art scene.
The reception on May 16 was attended by many Art Guild
members and quite a few others. There were 38 paintings by 20 artists on
display, including very nice work by several new members. The paintings
are below, beginning to the right of the entrance door and continuing to
the right around the room. They are much better seen at close range than
in the images shown here, however. The arboretum is open 9-5 weekdays
and 10-2 Saturday, but access to the exhibit is limited, since many
functions take place there. To see the exhibit in person, it's best to
call first (399-9204).
Kay Lamb Shannon
Green/Charleen Isbell Nancy Cagle/Bobbee Watts
Meadows/Bobbie Lee Bobbie Lee/Donna
Donna Pacheco/David Leifeste
=The Jung Society of Waco is sponsoring an
exhibit at the Croft Gallery with the theme of "Self." Entries may be
submitted as jpeg files, due by April 30. Those accepted will be notified
May 20. The exhibit will be July 1-31. Cash prizes. Details at
= May 16
there will be an exhibit conducted by
the Waco Historical Society of paintings of Cameron Park. They are
particularly interested in painting done years ago, including those done by
CASA members. For information, contact Lois Elliot, 772-5482 or
There will also be a plein-air painting event in on the
grounds of East Terrance House May 16, 2-5.