Don Crook of Yakima, Wash. won the best-of-show award for his painting "In Sight of the Pacific: Dec. 30." The award brought a $10,000 prize. Crook is among 35 artists whose work will be displayed through March 30. The 42 pieces, including paintings, sculptures, beadwork and mixed media works, follow the show's theme "Revisiting the Lewis and Clark Expedition." The $5,000 Jefferson Award (second) went to a canoe whirligig by Fulton Toub of Cle Elum, Wash. Erhard Gross, who founded the Journey's End National Art Exhibition, recognizes supporters before opening the exhibit Friday evening.
LORI ASSA - The Daily Astorian. Other awards were: Lewis Award (third, $3,000) to "Clark's Map: Celilo Falls," beadwork, by Scott Schuldt of Seattle; Clark Award (fourth, $2,000) to "Time and Place," silkscreen/digital photo by Rita Robillard of Portland; Sacagawea Award (fifth, $1,500) to "Lewis and Clark, Part 1, Empire," paint, paper and thread, by Carolyn Batchelor of Flagstaff, Ariz. Works receiving honorable mention were: "The Bitterroots," photograph, by Kirk Koegh of Boise, Idaho; "Passim," mixed media, by Cathleen Casey and Janna Beth Vaughn of Bonanza; and "United by Courage V," bronze sculpture, by L.D. Edgar of Meeteetse, Wyo. The people's choice award will be announced Saturday. The winners were selected by a four-person jury from more than 400 entries from the United States, Uganda and Belarus. Entry to the exhibit is included with museum admission.
The winner!A detail of Don Crook's Best of Show acrylic painting, "In Sight of the Pacific: Dec. 30." The Yakima, Wash., artist won $10,000 for his painting in the Journey's End National Art Exhibition, which is destined to become an annual event.
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