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Visitors are in for a real treat at the RAL Art Center, 19 N Main Street, Kilmarnock. Not one but two fabulous exhibits are on display. Farm to Table and Abandoned: What Remains will run through October 29. Awards for the two shows were announced at the RAL Art Center’s First Friday Reception on October 7.

Shauna McCranie was the judge for these two new colorful exhibits. Shauna grew up in Reedville, and attended Ferrum College majoring in Fine Arts and Education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Development from George Mason University, and has taught all ages in her 31 year career in public education. Shauna has taught in Lancaster, Northumberland, Prince William and Middlesex, and is currently teaching art at Lancaster High.

In the Farm to Table show, Shauna chose “The Gathering,” an acrylic by Patty Cunningham for first place. She said she loved the color palette used in this painting, the veining in the cabbage leaves,and lines in the onion stems. The light cauliflower and radishes against the browns of the basket and floor made the composition just “pop.”

Second place was awarded to Ron Taylor for his acrylic, “Golden Harvest.” Third place went to “I Can,” a watercolor by Kathie Lochhead.

Honorable mentions went to the following:

“And Then We Made Salad,” photograph by Mary Ellis

“The Artichoke II,” watercolor by Ellen Huddy

“Tart,” acrylic by Debra Bull

“If That’s Movin Up, I’m Movin Out,” mixed media by Karyn Gallion

Abandoned: What Remains first place was awarded to “Gloucester Ghost I,” an oil by Juli Schuszler. McCranie said that perhaps it was the brilliant sky, perhaps it was the green hues in the tree, or maybe it was the house itself in the afternoon or fall setting in, but she loved it.

Second place went to Brenda Sylvia for her acrylic, “Rusty Retirement.” Third place was awarded to “Full Service,” a watercolor by Doug Mock.

Honorable mentions went to the following:

“Last View,” photograph by Maggie Gilman

“Stories Unknown,” photograph by Yvonne Landis

“Last Mill Standing,” mixed media by Bob Casazza

“Old Salts,” watercolor by Barbara Kershner

RAL Art Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to

4 pm.


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