Kennebec Valley Art Association opened “Art2011,” its annual juried art show, and announced winners May 6 at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St. The show continues through May 28.

The KVAA’s annual juried show, now in its 16th year, draws artists to Hallowell from all over the state of Maine. Fifty-seven pieces of artwork representing 43 Maine artists were selected to be included in this year’s exhibit, out of a total of 327 works of art submitted by 120 artists. This year’s jurors where Véronique Plesch and Margaret Libby, both professors in the art department at Colby College in Waterville.

Best in Show, which includes a cash prize of $500 contributed by 2011 exhibition season sponsor Kennebec Savings Bank, was awarded to Gwen Sylvester of Rockland for her acrylic painting “The Mussel Eaters.” Plesch’s Juror’s Choice award, a $150 cash prize, was awarded to Chris Augusta of Waldoboro for his pastel “Waters of Perpetual Judgment.”

Honorable Mention winners, who received a variety of gift certificates, include Sheri Parenteau of Swanville for her photograph “Rope”; and Lesia Sochor of Brooks for her oil painting “TOTEM — For the Millworkers.” Other Midcoast artists juried into the show are David Estey of Belfast, Hanji Chang of Lincolnville, Kitty Smith of Rockland and Jean Kigel of Waldoboro.

During the exhibition, gallery visitors are asked to help determine the winner of two additional prizes: the first place People’s Choice Award, a $100 cash prize; second place People’s Choice Award, a one-year artist’s membership to the Kennebec Valley Art Association. These will be awarded at the end of the exhibition based on popular vote.

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