Faces of Significance Portrait Competition finalists announced, tour launched

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    Faces of Sig Tour

    The Lethbridge Artists Club’s Faces of Significance Portrait Competition finalists have been announced and the competition exhibit has hit the road on a tour of Southwestern Alberta. The exhibition tour through Claresholm, Pincher Creek, Coaldale, and Lethbridge began Feb. 22 following the Jan. 20 announcement of the top ten portraits and top three People’s Choice Award picks.

    On Monday the exhibit was unveiled at the Claresholm Public Library and will remain on display until March 10, when it will then be transferred to Pincher Creek’s Label Mansion for March 10–28. The tour will then continue on to Cardston’s Remington Carriage Museum for March 28–April 14, Coaldale Public Library from April 14–May second, and to Lethbridge’s Casa for the final viewing, May 7–Oct. 3. 

    The LAC is hosting the portrait competition to commemorate its 80th anniversary. In Jan., artists were invited to paint portraits of individuals would have made significant contributions to communities in Southwestern Alberta. The portraits were then reviewed by a panel of judges at Casa throughout late Jan. and early Feb., and the finalists were chosen Feb. 20

    The People’s Choice voting results named the three top placings: Fran Hutton with her portrait Recalling Memories of Charlie Russell, Karina Mak with her Portrait of Dr. Barbara Lacey, and Alex Bakk with his portrait The Man Behind the Mask, a portrait of Dr. Anthony Gomes. Hutton and Bakk’s portraits continue in the competition as well. 

    The top 10 finalists, presented in random order, are:

    Community Spirit in Action a portrait of Bob Campbell by Gayle Russell

    J.B. Welsh a portrait by Cindy Welsh

    Diane Sumner by Patricia Sorensen

    Claire a portrait of Claire Lint by James Robinson

    Lucky Number Seven a portrait of Seven Quesnelle by Anneli Janssens

    Portrait of a Noble Man a portrait of John Pinto by Gudrun Hirsche

    Ron and Joyce Sakamoto a quilt portrait by Amy Dodic

    Man Behind the Mask a portrait of Dr. A. Gomes by Alex Bakk

    Logan a portrait of Logan Armstrong by Gaylen Armstrong

    Recalling Memories a portrait of Charlie Russell by Fran Hutton

    The Faces of Significance Portrait Competition and the People’s Choice Award winners will be announced August 11 at the Galt Museum & Archives. Voting for the People’s Choice Award closes August first.

    To vote and for more information, visit: www.lethbridgeartistsclub.wordpress.com

    Click here to learn more about the LAC’s 80th Anniversary and the Faces of Significance Portrait Competition in our January/February issue.

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