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"Art & Conservation 2013: Our Hidden Treasures" Winners

Winning artworks have been announced for the 2013 “Art and Conservation: Our Hidden Treasures” show and sale in April, presented by the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, the Hill Country Council for the Arts and Boerne Professional Artists.

Twenty-five Texas artists from across Texas spent a year getting to know 19 private Hill Country ranches to create art for the show. Participating landowners provided access to their properties to allow the artists to explore and study the land through the seasons and interpret their experiences in nature through works of art. The purpose of the show is to promote conservation of Hill Country land, water and wildlife.

Artists were selected to participate via a jury process, for which they submitted works created on public lands. The works submitted for the jury were shown and included in the art competition along with those created during the time the artists spent on private lands. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the sale of the art will help support outdoor education and citizen science programs at the non-profit Cibolo Nature Center & Farm.

Jacquie McMullen of Dublin, Texas, won the Best in Show Award of $1,000 for her work in pastel called “The Ranch Road.” She created the work based on her visits to the Joshua Creek Ranch near Boerne, owned by Joe and Ann Kercheville.

“This old ranch road meanders all over the ranch, back to the old farmhouse, and down to where the Joshua Creek and the river come together,” McMullen said in her artist’s statement about the work. “I loved how this view drew us deeper into the ranch, as if it had treasures it was just waiting to divulge.”

Thom Evans of Center Point won the Second Place Honorable Mention Award of $100 for his work, “Wire in the Wheel,” an oil painting created from his visits to Dobbs Run Ranch near Brackettville, owned by Ernest and Paula Smith.

Pamela Gardner of Boerne received the Third Place Honorable Mention Award of $75 for her oil painting “Beyond the Soap Berry Tree,” based on her experiences at the Laurels Ranch near Comfort, owned by Myrna and David Langford.

Jeannette Cuevas of Pleasanton took the People’s Choice Award for $100 – based on voting by exhibit visitors – for her pastel over watercolor named “Cactus Jewels.” The work was her jury entry, based on a view from the side of a public road near Pleasanton.