BY MELANIE BUCK –
A local artist and her work of art, ‘American Beauty,’ were honored in a nationally juried show that opened Friday at the Mena Art Gallery.
Tiffany Lane, and her stunning work of art inspired by her daughter, ‘American Beauty,’ were among great company with artists from across the United States submitting pieces in the prestigious show. Andre Prater, an internationally acclaimed artist, served as the judge and selected Lane’s ‘American Beauty’ as the third place recipient and among the top honors awarded. Prater said that it was very difficult to select the winners because so many of the paintings were superbly executed and most did portray America’s best.
Lane was completely humbled by the recognition, “I am honored to even be juried in to such a prestigious competition, especially as a new artist!”
There are “52 paintings by artists from New York to California, North Dakota to Louisiana, and lots of points in between,” said Mena Art Gallery supporter, Barbara Tobias. Nineteen of the paintings in the exhibit are by Arkansas artists. “These paintings were selected from entries from artists all over the United States and are equal in quality to any exhibit you might see anywhere in the nation. The artists were tasked with creating paintings that illustrated the best of America, and they did a spectacular job of that,” Tobias added.
Lane’s painting is a rendition of an old rusty car and her daughter, Amber Lane. “I’m honored, and almost in disbelief, as it is an amazing show with stunning artwork,” said Lane. Several of the comments included amazement at how Lane was able to capture the look of rust on the painting, and the immaculate detail in the portrait.
Lane is hopeful that everyone will take advantage of such a prestigious show being available in the local community, “I’m in hopes that everyone in our area has a chance to come and see these beautiful pieces of artwork during the month of October. It’s a show we are excited to have in our area!”
Other winners were, First Place: Charles Rouse from New York; Second Place: Judy Takacs from Ohio; Third Place: Tiffany Lane from Mena, Arkansas; and Special Arkansas Artist Award: Daniel Cassity from Hot Springs, Arkansas.
The exhibit will be open at the gallery with special hours during October: 11 am to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.