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Art show comes to close at McKinney Center

The Jonesborough Open Juried Art Show made a very successful return to the Town of Jonesborough over the past three weeks.
The Art Show was held at the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School.
Previously known as the First Tennessee Bank Art Show, the event began in Jonesborough but moved to Johnson City where it was eventually discontinued.
After a hiatus of several years, the town brought back the show this year with great success.
Rachel Conger, director of parks and recreation in Jonesborough, says the art show received great feedback, especially on opening night, which took place May 24.
“We had 400 people come on opening night and 20-30 people come on every night since the opening,” she said.
People have said that the show is a great addition to Jonesborough as far as arts goes, Conger added.
Artists submitted work ranging from mixed media to paintings. Some of the artists who submitted works were local, while others reside in areas such as Abingdon, Va.; Asheville, N.C.; and Knoxville.
Of the 152 submitted pieces, 73 were chosen for exhibition.
Stephen Wicks, of the Knoxville Museum of Art’s curatorial department, served as juror of the art show and was responsible for choosing the artwork to be presented as part of the show.
Some of the work present were the works of Mira Gerard’s oil on linen, “River of Forgetting,” which won the Best in Show award.
Perry Johnson’s oil painting, “Prometheus Band” and Thomas Root’s “Mandolin Player” won second and third place, respectively.
Works by artists Margaret Gregg, Joe Burleson and Bill and Tina Collison were awarded Certificates of Merit.
Leaders are already working on plans for next year’s show and intend on keeping it as an annual event at the McKinney Center.