Rose Center’s virtual art contest winners announced

Winners in the recent Rose Center Council for the Arts People’s Choice Virtual Art Contest held in December include from left: first-place winner Evan Sizemoore, second-place winner Lynda Lawson and third-place winner Cosima Aryee.

Rose Center Council for the Arts had its first-ever People’s Choice Virtual Art Contest in December.

Any artist in the Lakeway Area counties ages 18 and over could submit their artwork for the public to vote in an online gallery on Rose Center’s Facebook page.

The first place winner gets a solo exhibition and reception in Rose Center’s Edith Davis Gallery in 2022, in addition to a variety of art supplies. First, second, and third place winners all get free admission to Rose Center concerts in 2022 as well as free artist membership for a year in the Local Artist Gallery and Shoppe.

First place winner is Morristown’s Evan Sizemoore. Sizemoore won with 325 votes for his paintings “Sea Turtle Silhouette” and “Country Church.” Later this year, he will receive his own exhibition.

Second place winner is artist Lynda Lawson, and she won with her painting “Birds on a Wire.” Third place goes to artist Cosima Aryee, winning with her paintings “Sweet Heavens” and “Diving Deep.”

Having an exhibit at Rose Center has always been a dream for winner Evan Sizemoore, and he looks forward to his first exhibit. Sizemoore said the title of his exhibit will be “Nature’s Mystery.”

“Nature is always changing and it will never be the same, like if there’s a creek or river that flows each day. It gets bigger and bigger until it becomes a lake,” Sizemoore said. “We impact our climate, both good and bad, like burning fossil fuels in the air which is destroying our lifestyle, environment and future, so I believe we should protect our environment by saving energy, using less water, recycling and picking up trash. And we should help communities and organizations in the world for a softer, cleaner, and better place.”

Sizemoore’s love for nature is something he will evoke in his exhibit at Rose Center and the loving detail to nature is depicted in the fine strokes of his paintings.

“I want people to discover things through my art and photography, and in nature itself and the beauty of it,” he said.

Lawson was also appreciative for her second-place finish and the support of the community.

“Thank you Rose Center and all who voted (in the contest). You never know what you can do until you try,” Lawson said.

“I’d like to thank Rose Center by bringing awareness of the arts to the Lakeway area,” third-place winner Aryee said.

The People’s Choice Virtual Art Contest received submissions from 18 talented artists of a variety of mediums and techniques. The artwork ranged from oil and acrylic painting, to mixed media using found materials, wood, metal work, and acrylic paint pour. The submissions display the diverse artists and mediums that exist in the Lakeway Area, and showcases just how much talent there is in the region.

The People’s Choice Virtual Art Contest is sponsored by Morristown Utilities, ORNL Federal Credit Union, Citizens National Bank, Tarr Chevrolet/Hyundai, Commercial Bank, and First Bank and Trust Company.

Rose Center, a designated agency of the Tennessee Arts Commission, is located at 442 West Second North Street in Morristown. The nonprofit arts agency hosts concerts, exhibits, classes in arts and fitness, summer arts camps, and rental space. More information is available by calling 423-581-4330.

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