Credit: Free Press / David Rauzi
The Central Idaho Art Association held its annual Spring Art Show last week, April 30 to May 2, at the Grangeville Bicentennial Museum. Local students from Sts. Peter and Paul and Grangeville Elementary Middle schools toured the exhibits last Friday, May 1. Pictured is CIAA Featured Artist Linda Stubbers leading a group of GEMS second and third graders through the paintings and photographs.
As of Tuesday, May 5, 2015
GRANGEVILLE — Norma Pfaff received the Best of Show Award, People’s Choice Award, and Kids’ Choice Award (tied with another of her entries) for her oil painting of a cougar, “Wanna Play.” She received first-place award and the kids’ choice tie for her second cougar pose, “Through a Cat’s Eyes.”
Pfaff was born and raised on a Montana farm, where she developed a passion for animals. She notes, “There’s something pure about the spirit of an animal. They are who they are and there’s no changing that, and they can read your spirit effortlessly. Either they trust you, or they don’t, and that all begins with your intent.” She said she loves to spend time out in the field gathering photo references, “It’s not always an easy chore to find animals in their natural habitat, some are quite elusive, but when I do, I get so excited, it’s like the first time, every time.”
CIAA received 64 entries at their Spring Art Show. Other top prizes awarded were: First place and merit award to Leah Harvey for “Rest in Peace,” merit award to Ellamae Holes for “Cottontails and Cottonwoods,” merit award to Joyce Close for “Aspen Reflection.” First-place and gallery award went to Bud Freedman for his sculpture, “About Face.” First-place awards went to David Martin for his photograph, “Verdant Amphitheater;” to Debbie Fournier for a unique colored pencil of a butterfly collection, “Wings of Glory;” to Jackie Zumalt for watercolor portrait, “Munez Element-Stein;” to Gordon Talley for his oil-pastel, “Summer Tributaries.” Second-place awards went to Mary Bakker for a pastel, “Peaceful Lake” and her oil, “Lurking;” to David Martin for his photograph, “Heaven’s Pearls;” to Carrie Jo Rehfeld for her pencil drawing, “Emma Kelly” and her watercolor, “I’m So Pretty;” to Kathryn Van Acker for her assemblage/sculpture, “Circles #8.” Third-place winners went to David Martin for his photograph, “Two’s A Crowd;” to Ellamae Holes for her oil, “Nee Me Poo Treasures;” to Debbie Barnett for her acrylic, “Generations;” to Susie Barnett for her watercolor, “Are We There Yet;” to Jackie Zumalt for her acrylic, “Rocks;” to Rebecca Bailey for her oil-pastel, “Return of the Sun;” to Patty Ost for her acrylic, “Arnett Meadow.” “Arnett Meadow” also earned a People’s Choice Award. People’s Choice also went to Janice Inghram for her photograph, “Snowshoe Falls.”