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“The Hills” Competitive Art Show Opens at Pump House in Chillicothe

Rusty Harden from Tipp City, Ohio, explains her judging philosophy after making decisions about the "The Hills" annual judged art competition in the Pump House Center for the Arts in Chillicothe.

Chillicothe — “The Hills” annual judged art competition at the Pump House Center for the Arts had its opening reception Thursday evening where the winners were announced.

They have 84 entries, by 46 artists within a 75-mile radius of Chillicothe, that competed for ribbons and cash prizes sponsored by Kingston National Bank.

Honorable mentions, in no particular order:

  • Marsha Dumm for “Cloudburst”
  • Brandon McQuay for “Thol Niu”
  • Sharon Hille for “The Bird”
  • Larry Corley for “The Shepherd”
  • Judith Bohn for “Repose”
  • John Victor for “When Summer Meets Fall”
  • Marianne McGuire for “Life with Stewart”
  • Patrick Sims for “The Race”

Then the top winners:

  • 3rd Place – Lisa Humphrey for “Winter Fog”
  • 2nd Place – William Conley for “Shadows of the Past”
  • 1st Place – Pauline Crouse for “Grasshopper Mouse”
  • Best of Show – Michael Mankin for “Dreaming of Autumn”

What was the judging philosophy for “The Hills”?

I interviewed Rusty Harden from Tipp City, Ohio, Wednesday…who gave me 17 minutes of video. She starts out introducing herself and then explaining her judging philosophy. In part two, she expounds on the top four (without knowing the artist or title):

  • 1st place, a felt ‘painting’
  • 2nd place, an old-fashioned darkroom print
  • 3rd place, a simple photo
  • Best of Show, a digital photo

In part three – after we were rudely interrupted by my GoPro quitting on me – she finishes explaining the Best of Show, appreciates the eight honorable mentions, and ends with more philosophy of art.

Coming up in October is “The Art of Brent Elam” in Acrylics. Chillicothe’s free art gallery has a Facebook page and website.

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Raised in Ross County, Bearcat class of '87 at Paint Valley. Wrote a column on history and historic preservation for the Chillicothe Gazette right out of high school, then a bachelors in Journalism in the OU class of '91. After starting my one-man company "Intrepid Heritage Services" in Columbus in 1997 to offer historical research, tours, and talks, I retuned to Ross County in 2003. Have been working as a radio programmer and reporter at Clear Channel / iHeart Media Southern Ohio. Started working with the Scioto Post June 27th, 2023.