Gene Reimann of Alpena, a retired art teacher with Alpena Public Schools and a current art instructor at Alpena Community College, has taken the top award in this year's Besser Museum Juried Art Exhibition. His digital print, Dawn and Her Escorts, won him a $300 cash prize and a solo exhibition in 2014.
Though Reimann spent 31 years at APS and then the last 13 years teaching drawing and painting part-time at ACC, he still has found time to explore his own art. Instead of traditional brushes and a canvas, Reimann makes use of a top-of-the-line computer, a graphics tablet, scanner and printer during his creating process.
In addition to winning first place, Reimann had two other pieces juried into the show: Camel A and Immense Journey.
This digital print by artist Gene Reimann of Alpena took top honors in the 2013 Besser Museum Juried Art Exhibition.
Laurie Wade, a fellow art instructor at ACC, served as this year's juried art judge. She received her MFA in sculptural ceramics from Michigan State University in 1986. She has exhibited her three-dimensional work in museums and galleries throughout Michigan, including at the Besser Museum. During the past few years, she has focused her efforts on developing a successful art program in Alpena.
Wade's pick for second place in the competition went to Joseph Donna of Alpena for a digital photograph entitled Preservation. Donna, an art instructor at Kirtland Community College, also had a second piece called Child of War accepted into the competition. His second place award included a $200 cash prize.
Receiving third place and a $100 cash prize was Nancy Cross of Ocqueoc for a work in pastels entitled "Fishing Boats at Coulliore." Beating Toward the Point and Huron Sunrise were two additional pieces of the artist's that were juried into the show.
Wade also selected five Honorable Mention Awards that went to:
According to Randy Shultz, exhibits/facilities manager at the museum, a total of 100 pieces of art were entered into the competition. Sixty of those, representing 34 different artists, were selected for inclusion in the show.
"What I really liked about this year was that we had new artists who had never participated before," Shultz said. "And I also really liked seeing some of the progression of some of the local artists and how they are expanding their boundaries."
In addition to the winners, others whose works are featured in the exhibit are: Doris Lance, Elizabeth Willis, Kati Reeder Meek, Pat Manning and Diane Evans, all of Alpena; Sharon Rickard, Stephanie LaFramboise, Dahris Wilson, Linda Modine and Diane English, all of Hillman; Maureen McWilliams of Herron; Judy St. John and Kathryn Cubalo of Lincoln; Gail Stelick, Kenneth Friedrich and John Porter, all of Presque Isle; Carol Chisholm of Harrisville; Mary Alice Comar of Ossineke; Peggy Shuman Hughes of Roscommon, Susan Lawless of Ann Arbor, Karen Jonker of East Tawas, JoAnna Kondrat and Beverly Chase of Oscoda, Dawn Barr of Cheboygan, Dee Smith of Johanesburg and Larry Cates.
First and second place awards were sponsored by Lucas and Janet Pfiefenberger and the third place award was sponsored by the Northern Michigan Artist Guild. The competition was open to all artists 18 year and older with primary or seasonal residences in 15 Northern Michigan counties.
The 2013 Juried Art Exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 19.