The Crooked Creek Art League is a group of about 100 painters, photographers, mixed-media artists and sculptors who organized in 1995 to practice their crafts and encourage appreciation for creative arts.
Monday, March 17, is the formal awards reception and awards ceremony for the group’s 19th Annual Juried Exhibition. The public is invited to view the art, meet the artists and vote for the People’s Choice award.
League president Mike Loy said the 96 paintings included in the exhibition represent a wide variety of subject matter, including portraits, landscapes and abstracts. The 41 participating artists are grouped into two categories – professional and amateur, with awards in both groups.
This year’s juror is photo-realistic oil painter Diarmuid Kelly, who moved to the United States from Ireland in 2008. Kelly has a farming background and is a self-taught artist who began painting professionally in 1997. He will be joined in judging the artwork by student jurors from USC and Benedict College.
The reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. tonight at Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, in Chapin. The exhibit will remain on display through March 28 and may be viewed at any time during the park’s regular business hours. The winning art will hang until April 20.