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2020 Annual Okaloosa Public Arts Exhibition winners announced

Staff Report

SHALIMAR — Okaloosa Public Arts recently announced the 2020 Annual Art Exhibition winners and participating artists in the annual exhibition on display now through September 2021.

The exhibit, which officially opened Sept. 9, is on display in the Okaloosa County Administration Building, 1250 N Eglin Pkwy NE, in Shalimar. Awards were sent by mail to the winning participants due to COVID-19 protocol in lieu of a reception and ceremony. Three floors showcasing more than 100 pieces of exceptional artwork from 37 local artists throughout Okaloosa and surrounding counties are on display.

"Octopus" by Gary Pope of Panama City won Best in Show during the 2020 Annual Okaloosa Public Arts Exhibition.

The following artists were chosen to exhibit in the 2020 Annual Okaloosa Public Arts Exhibition: Marla Armstrong, Niceville; Charlotte Arnold, Niceville; Carol Ann Cain, Niceville; Stella Carr, Niceville; Louis Cerrato, Fort Walton; Toni Dineen, Shalimar; Sharon Dooley, Niceville; Velda Dougherty, Destin; Autry Dye, Gulf Breeze; Vision Bear Flores, Marietta, Georgia; Pam Folse, Fort Walton; Thelma (Tera) Fujan, Shalimar; Theresa Grillo Laird, Gulf Breeze; Helen Harris, Fort Walton; Rachael Homack, Mary Esther; Sandra Horne, Crestview; Brigitte Houston, Crestview; Sharon James, Crestview; Ruta Janiulis, Niceville; Dara Johns, Niceville; Anne Johnston, Fort Walton; Linda Kernick, Fort Walton; Velia Lala, Fort Walton; Joan Langham, Crestview; Richard Mahlum, Shalimar; Theresia McInnis, Niceville; Kim Meacham, Marietta, Georgia; Jessica Mincy, Fort Walton; Rosalyn O’Grady, Shalimar; Richard Otoupalik, Fort Walton; Gary Pope, Panama City; Deborah Prestwood, Shalimar; Wally Ratcliffe, Fort Walton; Patricia Roberts, Fort Walton; Elia Saxer, Shalimar; Bernadette Sims, Shalimar; Brenda Smith, Crestview; and Corina Zalace, Niceville.

"Just Breathe" by Charlotte Arnold won first place.
"Fusia Flowery" by Linda Kernick won second place.
"Natural Beauty" by Wally Ratcliffe won third place.

Awards

Gary Pope of Panama City won Best in Show for "Octopus" in the 2020 Annual Okaloosa Public Arts Exhibition. First place was awarded to Charlotte Arnold of Niceville for "Just Breathe." Second place went to “Fucia Flowery” by Linda Kernick, Fort Walton Beach, and third place was awarded to “Natural Beauty” by Wally Ratcliffe of Fort Walton Beach. Honorable mentions included “Turkey Creek in Quinacridone” by Carol Ann Cain, Niceville; “Milky Way” by Louis Cerrato, Fort Walton Beach; “Dancing Waves” Vella Daughtery, Destin; “Carnival” by Pam Folse, Fort Walton Beach; “Colorful Void” by Rachel Homack; “Seahorse” by Bridgitte Houston, Crestview; “Fishing at Bay’s Edge” by Anne Johnston, Fort Walton Beach; “Stretched, Stabbed, Scraped” by Ruta Janiulis, Niceville; “Sparkling Breaker Waves” by Richard Mahlum, Shalimar; ”Queen” by Jessica Minsy, Fort Walton Beach; “Radioflyer Goddess Redux” by Richard Otoupalik, Fort Walton Beach; “New Day” by Patricia Roberts, Fort Walton Beach; “Out Back” by Elia Saxer, Shalimar; “Waltz of the Flowers” by Bernadette Sims, Shalimar; and “Crashing Wave” by Corina Zalace, Niceville.

Accomplished sculptor and jeweler Richard Bauer acted as judge for this show. Bauer, who owns of Arum Jewelry, holds a degree in Fine Arts from Indiana University with an emphasis in jewelry and metalsmithing. He also has a master gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America.