MEDINA — Artwork from 115 artists ranged from the traditional, such as painting, photography and sculpture, to the unexpected, such as Ukranian eggs, baskets and bonsai, during the Medina County Art League’s 44th Art in the Park on Sunday on Medina’s Public Square.
The juried show and sale capped the annual July Arts Week Festival.
“We want to showcase artists that will interest the next generation of Medina residents,” said Kim Sigler, co-chairman of the Art in the Park Committee, referencing the show’s less traditional art. “Each year we try to bring about five artists to the show who haven’t participated before.”
After 20 years of participating, Janet Brim, of Cincinnati, has managed to keep up with the times.
Brim said she began entering her baskets in arts festivals at age 17 and has continued to do so for the past several decades. Her awards include three past prizes at Art in the Park.
But over the years, Brim’s baskets have become more experimental. Shows and competitions are less about the sales, she said, and more about playing with nontraditional patterns and colors.
“My goal is that one day people will see my baskets, recognize their style, and know that they were done by me,” she said.
Brim entered her unusually shaped baskets in the show’s Non-Functional Fine Arts category, but she did not place this year.
The first-place prize award of $350 in that category went to Drew Hocevar, of Broadview Heights, who took up glass-blowing after retiring 10 years ago. What distinguishes his art from that of the show’s eight other glass-blowers, Hocevar said, are his designs.
Hocevar’s winning piece was one he “brought as a joke” — a multi-colored, abstract glass work that resembles a flower. The piece was Hocevar’s only abstract work and sat among glass-blown cups, vases and ornaments.
“I had already finished packing up my car when I thought, ‘Why not?’ and decided to bring this piece along,” Hocevar said. “You always enter something when you come to a show, but you never expect to win. Especially not with something like that.”
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