An impressionist oil painting by Peggy Kingsbury won Best of Show at the Galveston Art League’s fall
juried competition. Her “Dressed in White” is one of 108 entries accepted into the September show; all
of the accepted artworks are on display at the league’s gallery, 2117A Postoffice St., from noon to 6 p.m.
Fridays-Sundays throughout September. The contest, which was open to nonmember and member
artists, received 125 entries overall.
Jackie Liddell received the McGivney Purchase Award for her watercolor “Galveston Ghost Ship.” Her
painting will be placed in the Rosenberg Library’s permanent collection. To qualify for this award, the
artwork needs to depict an aspect of Galveston life or history. Liddell won the McGivney award last year,
Entries were judged in six categories, with first- and second-place awards and honorable mentions
given in each category.
Among entries on canvas or panel, Janie O’Farrell won first for “Desert Blooms.” Second went to
Leroy LeFlore for “A Wilson’s Plover.” Honorable mentions were Jerry Bachman, “Hummingbird’s
Sunset”; Malu Garza (2), “Italian Countryside” and “New Discoveries”; Lisette McClung,
“Guardian Angel”; Leroy LeFlore, “Galveston Vista”; Kathy Hammond, “Waiting to Launch”; and
Sherri Harris (2), “Passages” and “Sojourn.”
In the works on paper category, Jerry Bachman took first for “All American Red”; second was
Gay Paratore, “Blow Your Horn, Baby”; and honorable mentions were Fontaine Jacobs for
“Astros Fan”; Jackie Liddell, “Turbulence”; Ruby Allen, “Waiting for Our Fisherman”; Richard
Scruggs, “March Brown”; and Leroy LeFlore, “Waiting for Scraps.”
Photography awards were: Jim Stough, first, “Pink Air” (he also won an honorable mention
for “Eight Point Rowell”; and Molly Ross, second, “Among Water Lilies.” Honorable mentions:
Malaina Hudson, “Salsa Trypich” [sic], Julie Chapa, “Blooms at Broadway Cemetery”; and Fred
Gordon, “Galveston Pleasure Pier.”
Paula Freeman took first in mixed media/wall-hung for “Love Is in the Air;” she also received
an honorable mention for “Ocean View.” Second was Nancy House’s “My Own Little Beach.”
Other honorable mentions: Lisette McClung, “Angel LeClere”; and Kathleen Fannin, “Blooming
In 3-D works, Frank Eader was awarded first for “Round Segmented Bowl.” Second went to
Jackie Low for “PSilent P.” Madeleine Baker received an honorable mention for “Green
Rebecah Thompson’s “Bath Day” topped the digital art category, and she received an
honorable mention for “Solitary.” Matt Logmann took second for “Just Beautiful.”
The Best of Show artist receives $300, and first-place winners in each category receive a $100 award.
Second-place honorees receive $50.
The contest was judged by Woodlands resident Victoria Castillo, a figurative painter whose works
focus on women in light-infused settings. She studied painting and art history at Washington & Lee
University and at the University of Maryland. Castillo holds signature memberships in Oil Painters of
America, American Women Artists and Women Artists of the West. She is an elected artist member of
the Salmagundi Club, a New York City fine arts center.
The juried competition is one of three held annually by the Galveston Art League. The next one will
occur in February 2022, and all details for entering will be available on the nonprofit organization’s
website, www.GalvestonArtLeague.com. Founded 107 years ago to promote visual arts and art
education in the greater Galveston County region, the league has regularly held juried competitions
since the early 1960s.
Galveston Art League is accepting new members. The all-volunteer organization has never had a
salaried employee. It’s important to note that many of its members are NOT artists – they are people
who simply like art and like supporting the local art community. All members enjoy preview parties
during which they meet exhibiting artists and have an early-bird opportunity to see and shop new
To learn about membership levels and tax-deductible membership fees, visit
www.GalvestonArtLeague.com. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.