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Richard wins 1st, 2nd at Pekin art show

By Staff | Jul 4, 2014

Ann Marie Richard poses with her first-place piece “Fading Dreams X Falling Down” and second-place piece “The Flying Horse” at Pekin Days Art Show last week. Richard’s work was entered in the Pen & Ink division.

Ann Marie Richard, 83, of Rugby, won first and second places in the Pen & Ink category at the 21st annual Pekin Days Art Show, which ran June 25-29.

Richard won first place with her piece “Fading Dreams X Falling Down” and second place with “The Flying Horse”.

Both works were stipplings, which are made up of patterns of dots. Richard made the dots with various sizes of pens.

“I’m still in awe that I got the top prize,” Richard said. “Back when I was doing the horses I would stay up till 11 or 12 o’clock to get it finished. I thought if I don’t get something I’m never doing another stippling again.”

Richard, originally from Princeton, Mass., always wanted to be an artist, but didn’t pursue the dream until she was 68. At that time, she began taking classes at Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Mass.

For the first-prize piece, she took a picture of an abandoned house on the prairie and recreated the image as a stippling. The X stands for the 10th piece in a series.

“When we first came here, my daughter, Caroline, (and I) were driving around and seeing the countryside,” Richard said. “Back east a building wouldn’t stay up that long. I’d go in some of them and see a kitchen and it was abandoned and it looked like someone had dreams of doing something there.”

“The Flying Horse” was inspired by a picture of a carousel she took in Sterling, Mass.

“I liked it and it was something I thought I could do that was different,” Richard said. “The only white in there is the white in their eyes.”

Even the lightly shaded parts of her works are covered in dots.

Deb Hensrud, president of the Nelson County Arts Council, said more than 100 artists took part with 271 total pieces. Hensrud said 70 items sold, or about one quarter of the work. Nationally renowned and award-winning artist Monte Yellow Bird Sr., also know as Black Pinto Horse, judged the show. Yellow Bird is originally of Fort Berthold Reservation.

Other area winners included Sheri Groff Tuchscherer of rural York, who won first place in the mixed media division for her piece “Field of Dreams.”

“Since Pekin is in such a rural area, what I decided to do is to make something that would appeal to farmers,” Tuchscherer said. “So I took a photograph of my husband combining and digitally manipulated it to make it look more painterly. I glued on flax, canola and wheat from our own crops to make a border.

“The judge told me he was attracted to the piece because he felt it was very symbolic to have that harvest picture with the crops.”

Andy Knudson, of Towner, took second in the pencil/colored pencil category with his work “Sage Brush Oasis”.

“That one is a color crayon painting, which is an unusual medium,” Knudson said. “It’s a medium I like to work with on occasion. As a professional, I do a lot of custom paintings, so crayon is a neat medium because it forces you to be really loose and painterly with the medium. It’s a fun departure from what I normally do.”

Former Rugby resident Jeff Hoff, of Jamestown, won first place in the acrylic painting category with his piece “Breasted Grosbeak”.

Richard’s daughter, Caroline Doucette and Kathy Blessum, both of Rugby, also had work displayed at the show.

Despite lousy weather on the weekend, Hensrud said 17 vendors stuck around in the park.

“We had potters, jewelry, photographers, one caricature artist,” Hensrud said. “Clifford the Big Red Dog from Prairie Broadcasting was here to celebrate their 25th anniversary.”

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