River Region Art Association selected the winners of the Awesome Art Exhibition 2014. Open to all ages, students and adults, the judged show was Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 at Gonzales City Hall.

Oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, photography and three-dimensional items were some of the 183 pieces of artwork on display from artists throughout the areas, a news release from the River Region Art Association said. Renowned artists Louise Hansen, Gene Bachman and Jim Blanchard were the judges and Diane Tygier served as exhibition chairwoman.

“There was a great mixture of all media,” Tygier said. “The largest amount of entries came from students, ages 6 to 18, from Ascension Parish schools. I was most pleased by the variety of entries and the quality of works. The three judges were equally impressed and said the arrangement of the exhibit made the judging very easy.

“Over all, I was pleased with the attendance and especially with the excitement of the children over their experience in the show.”

The exhibition was part of the two-day Awesome Art on the Bayou Festival held in Gonzales. It included arts, crafts and food booths along the banks of Bayou Francois in Jambalaya Park and local entertainment on the jambalaya stage.

“With free admission and plenty of activities for the entire family, we estimate an attendance of 2,800 this year,” festival chairman John Robbins said. On behalf of River Region Art Association, I want to thank the city of Gonzales, the parish of Ascension and all our volunteers who helped make this festival, now in its eighth year, a great success.”

The winners of the exhibition are:

Adult Painting: Cole Williams, first place; Diane Tygier, second place; Gaynell Moore, third place; Courtney Hawkin, honorable mention.

Adult Photography: Kim Welsh, first place; K. C. Kuhnert, second grade; Amy Villenure Gautreau, third place; Amy Villenure Gautreau, honorable mention.

Adult Drawing: Cole Williams, first place; Leianna Funck, second place; Cole Williams, third place, Tiffany Bell, honorable mention.

Adult Three-Dimensional: Colin Berthelot, first place; L. J. Mayers, second place; Cindi McMurray, third place; Irwin Bergeron, honorable mention.

Youths 12-17 Painting: Jordyn Blazier, first place; Emily Millet, second place; Ashlen Parks, third place; Claire Hook, honorable mention.

Youths 12-17 Photography: Jordyn Blazier, first place; Mason Sanders, second place; Mason Sanders, third place; Noah Hoover, honorable mention.

Youths 12-17 Drawing: Lacey Bowman, first place; Lacey Bowman, second place; Josh Poirrier, third place; Chris Bourgeois, honorable mention.

Youths 6-11 Painting: Julia Trumps, first place; Grace Bateman, second place; Alexander Purdy, third place; Tabitha Destillier, honorable mention.

Youths 6-11 Photography: Delaney Madare, first place; and Delaney Madere, second place.

Youths 6-11 Drawing: Dakota Dawson, first place; Julia Trumps, second place; Julia Trumps, third place; Dana Diaz, honorable mention.

Youths 6-11 Three-Dimensional: Wryn Williamson, first place; Ben Fu, second place; Jordan Morvant, third place; Zachary Grubs, honorable mention.

The River Region Art Association, founded in 1993, is the area’s leading regional art organization, the release said. Its mission is to bring artists and arts advocates together to improve public awareness of all art forms. The association supports local artists, promotes the arts in the community and provides educational opportunities for emerging and established artists, students, and the general public.

River Region Art Association is funded in part through donations, the parish of Ascension, through in-kind support from the city of Gonzales and Houmas House Plantation. It is also supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, the release said.