Community Art Show award-winners named

This photo by London photographer Mike Munden won the Mayor’s Choice award in the London Visual Arts Guild’s Changing Horizons Community Art Show. London Mayor Patrick Closser was tasked with reviewing the show’s 56 entries and choosing the one that best reflected the show’s theme. The boy in the photo is Munden’s grandson, Elijah, shown climbing on playground equipment at an abandoned school near Lilly Chapel. This fall, Munden will present at show at the London Arts Center, a 50-year retrospective going back to his start in photography in high school.

(Posted June 23, 2021)

On June 19, the London Visual Arts Guild (LVAG) handed out awards to participants in the Changing Horizons Community Show that wrapped up on June 6 at the London Art Center.

Before the Community Show was open to the public, LVAG invited London Mayor Patrick Closser to look over the 56 entries and choose the one that best reflected the show’s title. Closser chose “Dream Photo,” a submission by London resident Mike Munden, as the winner.

During the Community Show, which ran May 6-June 6, the public was invited to vote for their favorites. The following are the People’s Choice award winners:

  • Photography–Jo Ann Salyers for her photo titled, “New Orleans Side Street.” Salyers is a London resident who travels around the United States as a safety inspector for tugboats.
  • Mixed Media–Hilary Frambes for her portrait of rocker Eddie Van Halen. The Plain City artist used 8-track tapes, acrylics, and spray paint to create the collage.
  • Hand Crafted Art–Colleen Van Steene for her animal-themed sculpture titled, “One Impacts the Other.” Van Steene lives in Cedarville.
  • Paintings and Drawings–Johnathon Mullins Kimbler for his acrylic painting titled “Big Cow.” Mullins is a 2019 graduate of London High School.

The President’s Youth Honoree Award went to Andrew Carter, a 2021 graduate of London High School, for his digital graphite portrait of a tiger titled “Fierce.”

Each award winner received a certificate of appreciation, a $25 gift card, and a one-year LVAG membership.

Kay Majka’s exhibit, “New Seasons/New Beginnings,” is on display at the London Art Center through July 11.

The awards were presented on June 19 during the opening reception for the London Art Center’s current exhibit, “New Seasons/New Beginnings” featuring oil paintings of flowers and landscapes by Kay Majka. The exhibit is LVAG’s second show at the center since COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.

Majka’s show will continue through July 11. Art Center hours are: Tuesday, 4-7 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The center is located at 121 E. First St., London.


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