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Members Exhibition to highlight local talent

Summer contests and competitions usually bring to mind the county fair. One of Springfield’s other oldest competitions also focuses on talent and skill.

The 67th Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition will highlight 148 works by 86 artists and kicks off with an opening reception on Saturday. It will run through August 11 at the Springfield Museum of Art.

The competition is open to museum members and works are judged by an outside juror who selects the award winners. The works vary as much as the artists who created them. Yet they share common bonds including talent, local ties and a place to highlight their art.

Works will include paintings, photography, sculptures, glass, watercolors and mixed media. There are separate entry categories for professional and amateur artists.

Museum Executive Director Ann Fortescue is excited for the exhibit. One of the factors is the diversity of the artists who range from middle school students and a Project Jericho family to artists in their 80s.

“We have several returning artists, but this is the most new artists we’ve had in my three years here,” said Fortescue. “There are also a steady number of returning artists. Some who have come, gone and come back.”

The awards will be given during a reception 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday at the museum. Mary Gray, the Director of the Rife Gallery, Ohio Arts Council, is the exhibition juror.

The event will include free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

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