Winners announced ... except the people's choiceAnd the winner is...

SATURDAY EVENTThe show begins with an opening reception at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Liberty Theater, where the public can meet some of the artists. The reception continues from 2:30 to 5 p.m. alongside the exhibit, in the museum at 1792 Marine Drive in Astoria.Artist awards have been announced in the inaugural Journey's End National Art Exhibition, which kicks off Saturday at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

Don Crook of Yakima, Wash. won the exhibition's 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 works will be on display 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 show begins with an opening reception at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Liberty Theater, where the public will have the opportunity to meet the artists. The reception continues from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the exhibit itself in the museum, located at 1792 Marine Drive.

Second- through fifth-place prizes were also announced. The $5,000 Jefferson Award (second) went to a canoe whirligig by Fulton Toub of Cle Elum, Wash. Other winners 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.

Only one prize remains to be given - the people's choice award, which will be announced March 15.

The works were selected from more than 400 entries from across the United States and two other countries, Uganda and Belarus, by the exhibition's four-person jury, who also picked the prize-winners.

The exhibition is the first of what organizers plan to make an annual event to not only add another facet to the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial commemoration but also boost Astoria's arts profile.

It's also the first show of its kind at the maritime museum, which added the space where the exhibit is located as part of its ambitious remodeling project that was unveiled last year. The room features large windows offering panoramic views of the Columbia River and Washington shore.

"It adds a real nice effect to the exhibits - looking out at the Columbia where (Lewis and Clark) passed by," said Dave Pearson, the show's curator.

"It adds a whole new dimension to 'journey's end.'"

Entry to the exhibit is included with regular museum admission.


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