Hundreds attend Art for All 2013

IRON MOUNTAIN – Hundreds of area residents and visitors attended Art for All 2013 at Bay College West in Iron Mountain on Saturday.

Some 37 exhibitors provided a wide variety of fine art displays for the public to enjoy and purchase.

Vocalists, musicians, and performers offered entertainment throughout the day. Children and their parents had fun painting masks and making bead jewelry.

The silent auction had a community component this year, which will go towards a scholarship for a student artist pursuing a career in the arts.

More than $1,000 was awarded to this year’s participating artists. Ted Rogers’ wood carvings won the Best of Show. The First National Bank and Trust of Iron Mountain sponsored the prize.

The People’s Choice Award was sponsored by Subway and was won by Dan Recla for his metal sculptures for the second year.

The Most Promising New Artist Award went to J.R. Scott for his copper jewelry, sponsored by Back In Motion.

Best of Show for student art was awarded to Margo Wittenback from Kingsford High School for her pottery, sponsored by Stevens Decorating and Framing. The following students received an honorable mention: Katie Brule, Pavel Hammar, Miranda Roberts and Shelby Borschart.

Several Awards of Excellence were also given out. The first place artists were: Ted Rogers, Wood.

Monica Mortel, Watercolor Painting

Gary Pearson, Photography.

Stephen Berglund, Glass.

Urusula McCarthy, Fiber.

Kristine Danielson, Jewelry.

James Hatten, Metal.

William Hagerty, Pottery.

The First Place Awards of Excellence earned each artist $100 and were sponsored by Northern Michigan Bank and Trust, Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Credit Union, Dr. Bob and Mary Baker, We Energies, and D&L Plumbing.

“A special thanks to our anonymous donor which helped us reach our award goal,” said Lynne Wilson and Lana Frantz, co-chairs of Art for All.

The Art for All Committee extends its thanks to the public for their participation and patronage of the exhibitors, they said. “We would also like to thank the following: the media for excellent coverage, Bay College staff, Champion Inc. which provided exhibitor parking, and Neal Johnson for his donation in honor of his mother Magee Johnson,” said Wilson and Frantz.

“An extra thanks to Econo Foods, Home Depot, Smith Castings, Super One Foods, WalMart, and Baker Sign Company for materials, supplies, and assistance along with, The Daily News for their excellent coverage of the event,” Wilson and Frantz said. “A special thanks goes to Aaron Harper for his superb MC abilities and Trevor Ohlsen for setting up the sound equipment.”

“The quality of the art work was amazing,” said judges Karyn Kropp and Paris Tavonatti from Green Bay. “There was a nice variety. It is a very, very nice show.”

“We have a wonderful committee that works tirelessly to make this event happen and bring quality art to our area, and sponsored that understand and appreciate the necessity of supporting the arts. Thank you all,” said Wilson and Frantz.