NEW PARIS — About 450 people turned out to DeFries Gardens near New Paris on Saturday, June 8, for the 4th Annual Juried Art Show.
First-, second-, and third-place winners were selected among the 92 pieces of art. A People’s Choice winner was also selected by attendees of the show.
“There’s no set theme (for the artwork) but people tend to submit outdoor and garden-related paintings since the event is held in a garden,” said Ronda DeCaire, superintendent of Elkhart County Parks. “We do get other styles submitted, which is always interesting to see.”
Taking first place was Diane Overmyer with her oil painting, “The Harvest Field.” Second place went to Linda Renaud with a watercolor, “Iris Duo.” Third place went to Neil Boston with a pastel, “Wawasee Channel Boat.” Beverley Benne, Steve Creighton, Barbara DeLeu, and Kathleen Wolfe received honorable mentions. The People’s Choice award went to Kathy Leib.
DeCaire said planning is already in the works to accept more art for next year’s show. An acre of property is being donated and DeCaire said that with the support of an additional sponsor there could be more space available next year.
“We would like to put up an additional tent next year,” said DeCaire. “We hope to expand.”
She added, “We will be continuing to work with the Goshen Painters’ Guild. They are a huge part of the show and we couldn’t do it without them.”
The date of next year’s show hasn’t been selected yet, but DeCaire said it will likely be in the late spring or early summer.