Archive for Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Lansing artist wins 1st at show

November 24, 2004

Lansing resident Eric Hoins learned how to be an artist from his grandfather, Gene Young, but Hoins was the one who took first prize at the 2004 Holiday Juried Art Show sponsored by the Leavenworth County Artists Association at the Carnegie Art Center in Leavenworth.

Hoins earned first place in the contest for his mixed media work titled "1940's What's the Rules in the New Dimensions." But Young wasn't shut out - he took home an honorable mention for his oil painting "Saturday Soccer."

After graduating from Lansing High School and later from Kansas University with a degree in art history, Hoins is now working at the Young Sign Company. He said he's always created art in his spare time.

Describing his winning entry, Hoins said the transition that America made from the 1940s to the 1950s inspired his work. He applied this idea to the transition many artists have made from hand-created art to digitally created work.

Judge Abby Howe said she liked the different format and the multiple use of materials that Hoins employed in his piece. Howe judged the 35 entries for the contest. She said that although she saw a variety of media, the same rules and design elements apply to all works.

Howe recently moved back to Leavenworth after studying at the New York Academy of Art.

David Melby won Best in Show for his work "The Open Window," a black-and-white photograph. He took home $100 for his prize. Hoins won $75 for his first-place finish.

Since the mid-1980s, the Artists Association has played host to the contest. The free exhibit will be open to the public through Dec. 20.


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