Plateau artists fare well at fair

Two Enumclaw artists were among the top prize winners at the city of Enumclaw’s Base Camp juried art show during the Enumclaw fair.

“All About Me

Two Enumclaw artists were among the top prize winners at the city of Enumclaw’s Base Camp juried art show during the Enumclaw fair.

Ross Brown won the $1,000 Puget Sound Energy Purchase Award for his sculpture titled “Corporatotic Tumi No. 4.” Brown’s piece will now become part of the city’s collection.

His wife, Sharman Owings, earned the $500 Arts Alive! Local Artist Award for her oil painting titled “All About Me.”

Jim Clagg of Tacoma won the $500 Arts Alive! Iris McLaughlin Memorial Award for his painting titled “A View of Tacoma.”

Woodinville’s Linda Baker was the city’s $600 second-place winner for her “Sails” photograph.

Seattle-based artist Karen Richter took home $400 third-place honors for her piece titled “Breakfast Whites.”

City of Enumclaw Cultural Programs Manager Gary LaTurner said the event, in its 16th year, continues to draw artists and crowds. For example, he pointed out, last year Base Camp was Baker’s first entry into a juried art show and this year she was a winner.

“That’s what I like about this show,” LaTurner said. “There are artists who haven’t been working at it for years and then there are those who have, but it’s a good opportunity for those who haven’t.”

The exhibit features approximately 60 two- and three-dimensional pieces by artists who submitted photographs or slides of their work for consideration by the juror. This year’s juror was Esther Luttikhuizen, collections curator for the King County Public Art Collection. She selected the images for acceptance in the exhibit and also the winners.

One award is chosen each year by those who visit the exhibit. This year’s People’s Choice Award winner was xxxxxx. They will receive $xxx that was collected in donations.

More than 100 people attended a July 15 artists’ reception at the fairgrounds.

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