The 54th Annual Jamestown Fine Arts Association Art Show broke all recent records this year.  Sixty-seven artists participated with 141 pieces on display.

The largest category was painting followed closely by photography. This year also saw an increase in ceramics, mosaics and encaustics.

The juror,  Jennifer Parker, artist and former director of the Nelson County Arts Council (organizer of the Pekin Art Show) selected nine category awards and a number of honorable mentions.  Parker took a personal approach to her choices making award selections based on artwork that moved her.

And the winners are:

Best of Show 

Connie Riedman (Fargo, ND), Breakfast of Champions, 2017, oil (shown at right)


Avis Veikley (Minot, ND), No Time, 2018, oil on canvas 

Honorable Mentions 

Ellen Jean Diederich (Fargo, ND), Routine Gatherings, 2016, watercolor

Barbara Nechiporenko (Bismarck, ND), The Home Place, 2017, oil 


Cathrin Von Bank (Fargo, ND), Woman in Black Tulle, 2017, charcoal (shown at right)

Honorable Mention 

Cathrin Von Bank (Fargo, ND), After The Rain, 2018, soft pastel 


Troy Gunderson (Jamestown, ND), Don’t Shoot, 2017, photography 

Honorable Mention 

Birgit Pruess (Fargo, ND), Medora Kicking Horse, 2018, photography 

Mixed Media 

Terry Jelsing (Rugby, ND), All the Kids, 2018, mixed media 

Honorable Mention 

Madelyn Camrud (Grand Forks, ND), She Sleeps in Deep Water (The shape of it), 2018, acrylic collage


B.L. Getz (Cooperstown, ND), Portrait of Uncle Bob, 2018, sculpture (shown at right)

Honorable Mention 

W. Kimble (Minot, ND), Once Upon a Girl, 2016, mixed media sculpture

Ceramic Processes / Glass Works 

Jon Offutt (Fargo), West Wind, 2018, blown glass 

Honorable Mention 

Linda Olson (Minot, ND), Spring Blossums, 2018, porcelain ceramic 

Professional Artist 

Sue Morrissey (Fargo, ND), What Would Dante Say?, 2018, assemblage 


Gretchen Bederman (Mandan, ND), Spiral, 2017, encaustic (above)


Joleen Reiland-Lorenz (Jamestown, ND), Dobie Love, 2018, mosaic glass on glass 

The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by Sally Jeppson. Sally has worked in the arts for over 30 years. She has an MA in Art History and is responsible for The Arts Center’s exhibits & Art for Life program that provides arts activities to seniors. In her time off, Sally keeps busy exercising, gardening, cooking and riding horses while running a business that works with museums, galleries and organizations to create exhibit materials, artwork and displays.