Saturday, June 24, 2006

People's Choice Winners

The people have chosen, now come experience the color!

Last night was kickoff for the special exhibit by the Chowan Arts Council presenting works by Margaret Attkinson, Burton Jones and Katherine Wissink, some of our great local art talent. They are the winners of the people's choice contest conducted in November of last year. The exhibit for their work will run until August 8th, 2006.

Chowan Arts Council Open Houses Always Provide Lots Of Beverages

Each artist brings a unique style to his or her works. Come, enjoy, and be transported into a world of color and texture.

Margaret Attkisson Is One Of The People's Choice Winners, For Good Reason, Here With Her Current Favorite Painting, Cypress At The Water's Edge

Margaret Attkisson, of Windsor, NC, has painted most of her life, but concentrated on a jewelry business for 20 years. She began studying painting again 5 years ago. Margaret feels fortunate to have been able to have Frances Speight as one of her instructors while in school. "His style of painting has been my focus. With each painting, I'm struggling to show the view my vision of ordinary subjects." Margaret loves doing all forms of creativity, but really enjoys expressing her "vision of the world" through watercolors, acrylics & oils. She is also a vital member of the Bertie County Arts Council and a volunteer for both Bertie and Chowan Arts Councils.

There Is Also Always Lots Of Food

Burton Jones, of Edenton, NC, paints exclusively in oils and is self-taught. Burton's interest in art extends 40 or more years as a painter, as the owner and operator of 2 commercial art galleries and currently as a fine arts conservator and restorer. He has won 1st and 2nd places in the Chowan Arts Council member shows. Having spent a good many years at sea and living at its edge, Burton's greatest love is of marine related subjects and scenes. Mr. Jones is a 10th generation Edentonian, is married to Mary Rhea Spivey (Gardner) and has 3 grown children as well as 3 grown step children.

Burton Jone's "Roanoke River Light"

And Best Of All, Lots Of Conversation

Katherine Wassink, of Elizabeth City, NC, grew up on a farm in Buckingham County, Virginia. From an early age she was fascinated with fabric, color and texture, often using her sewing as an excuse to get out of kitchen chores. She received her liberal arts degree in art history from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. In both 2003 and 2005 she was selected as the grand national winner in the American Sewing Guild's National Creativity Contest in the category of "most creative use of trim."

Katherine Wassink's "Vision Of The Road Less Travelled"

The Chowan Arts Council Gallery, at 200 E. Church Street, is open daily from 10 AM to 4 PM. Entry is always free to the public. For questions please call Dawn Fenimore, Executive Director, Chowan Arts Council at (252) 482-8005 or email at You can vixit their web site by clicking on the title to this article above.


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