Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

April 28, 2013

Albritton winner in Derrick Days art show

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Combine some colorful local art work, some local landmarks, and a guessing game — and you have the Mystery in Tuckertown art show, won this year by Helen Albritton.

Albritton’s painting of an old railroad depot took top honors in the Derrick Days competition, co-sponsored by VOICE, Inc. and the Navarro Council of the Arts.

Artists were challenged to create an 8 by 10 inch art work, depicting a scene of life in Navarro County. Organizers of the show then placed the works on display — without the name of the artist shown — and visitors to the art show were asked to bid on the works and guess the artist, said Leah Blackard of the Navarro Council of the Arts.

“This year’s theme was ‘Pillars of the Community,’ celebrating the people, places and events of Navarro County history,” Blackard explained.  “The mystery is ‘which artist do you think created this piece of art work.”

Blackard said those bidding on the entries are getting quite a bargain, and helping a good cause at the same time.

“Some of these pieces might usually go for $1,500 to $2,000,” she said. Bidding on the pieces for the Mystery in Tuckertown show started at $30.

“That gives people a chance to purchase the artwork at a very reasonable cost,” Blackard added.

Proceeds from the sale of art at the show benefits the work of both VOICE, Inc. and the Arts Council.

“It goes right back to the children of this community,” she said.

Taking second place in the competition was Margie Taylor’s piece titled “Black Gold,” depicting a an oil derrick and oil field worker. Third place was won by J Wright, whose piece “Oil and Bluebonnets” combined two Texas traditions in one colorful presentation of an oil pump in a field of bluebonnets.

Winning bids on the entries for 1st through 3rd place:

Helen Albritton, “Enter Here,” $150; Margie Taylor, “Black Gold,” $75; J. Wright, “Oil and Bluebonnets,” $150.

Honorable Mention status was given to Deb Gorman, Jerry Gregory, Chance Olsingch, Helen Albritton and Deb Miller.

Judges for the Mystery in Tuckertown Art Contest were Jimmy Hale, Malinda Veldman, and Derrick Days Chairman Fran Townes.


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