Jeanette Martone, of Deer Park, N.Y., won the $1,000 Best in Show award for her pencil and ink on paper titled “Searching,” and Baton Rouge artist Margaret Rice got the nod from Dr. Kurt Matushek, of Schaumburg, Ill., editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, for her oil painting “On Alert,” to appear on a future cover of the journal, in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s 26th annual International Exhibition on Animals in Art. The announcements were made at the March 23 opening reception at the Vet School Library, where the 75 entries selected by judge and juror Sam Corso remain on display through April 21.

In all 179 artists from 35 states and Canada submitted 426 entries for the show. They include Baton Rouge area artists Simon Baxter, Judi Betts, Marjorie Blake, Beverly Coates, Anne Faust, Jane Flowers, Loreta Godwin, Mary Heckman, Ralph Marino, Joann Mobley, Kathy Reeves, Carolyn Ricapito, Krista Ann Roche, Kathy Stone, Doris Truman and Laure Williamson.

Betts established the Thomas R. Betts Memorial Award in memory of her late husband; it went to Don Taylor, of Panama City, Fla., for his transparent watercolor titled “Who’s Got the Shears?” The People’s Choice Award will be named at a later date.

Receiving Judge’s Awards were: “Who Rescued Whom?,” colored pencil, by Margi Hopkins, Batavia, Ohio; “The Bird Watcher,” oil, by Gary Chambers, Elizabethton, Tenn.; “Lord of All He Surveys,” acrylic, by Chris Conover, New York, N.Y.; “Dancing with the Boobies,” acrylic, by Roche; and “Apple Eater,” gypsum cement and acrylic, by Kathe Umlauf, Cambridge Springs, Pa.

Honorable mentions went to: “Crooked Horse,” photograph on cotton fabric, by Coates; “Great Blue,” bronze, by Jim Green, Rapid City, S.D.; “Your Back Door,” watercolor, by Terri Austin-Beech, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; “Katrina Dog,” collage, by Ricapito; “Ralph & Alice,” colored pencil, by Ernie Fournet, New Iberia; “Road Warrior,” bronze, by Mick Doellinger, Fort Worth, Texas; “Mini Bulldog in Repose,” pastel, by Janine Aykens, Robbinsdale, Minn.; “Larry, Moe & Curley,” watercolor collage, by Ann Sawyer, Jaffrey, N.H.; and “Patterns in Nature,” acrylic on board, by Sue Wall, New York.

Art Show committee members were chairwoman Christine Russell,DeanPeter F. Haynes, Dean EmeritusMichael G. Groves, Director of Public Relations Ginger Guttner, LSU Foundation Senior Director of Development Michael D. Robinson, Nadine Carter Russell, Associate Dean for Advancement & Strategic Initiatives David Senior and Tutta Vetter.

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