Temptatation wins Best of Show at 2013 Muncie Artist Guild event
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, IN - An impressionist painting of an apple tree by artist Susie Burns won Best of Show at the 2013 Muncie Artist Guild event at Minnetrista Cultural Center.
"Temptation" was judged as a great mix of colors besides a professional presentation of frame by judge Terry Armstrong, an artist of Warsaw.
Fifteen artists competed in the annual event that kicked of Sunday and has more than 60 pictures on display at the cultural center through the end of the month.
Burns, who has her own studio and teaches others in the art, said she got the idea from a 1928 book on landscapes by John Carlson, an artist who believed you must become the tree or landscape to be able to paint it.
The red apples on the perfectly sculpted tree besides the beautiful scenery was why Armstrong thought it was the best among other strong finishers like Ann Johnson of FB Fogg and Michele Wilson.
The Burns piece goes for $900 and she had other oil paintings for $600,
Johnson's water media, "Mix of Circumstance" received the merchants award while artists Michele Wilson and Julie Eltzroth also received ribbons.
Burns was helping other artists before the show with their own impressionist landscapes and said she loved to become what she painted.
There also were some unique paintings of chickens that were photographed by artist David Dale's farm in Nashville. The outdoor scenery is reminiscent of the great Indiana artists like T.C. Steele, Otis Adams and others who painted Indiana landscapes nearly a century ago.
Johnson hoped that the art would find a big audience since it was on display for free through the end of the month. Some Ball State students also attended the show Sunday and planned to pass the word to fellow art students.
The art guild has been around fir more than a half century and includes some of Muncie's great artists like Johnson, Wilson and Burns.