The eighth annual La Vernia Historical Association Chihuahua Trail Art Show and Sale took place Nov. 3 at Studio La Vida on Chihuahua Street. A total of 68 artworks in acrylic, watercolor, and oil were judged by Leona Scull-Hon, La Vernia Mayor Robert Gregory, and Councilman D. Bradford Beck. Of the 68 works showcased, 22 had already sold by Nov. 5!
Best in Show -- the top prize -- was awarded to Shelley Henderson. Her painting, “Heading West,” was purchased by Bobby and Shirley Richter. First place in the theme category, “Chihuahua Street,” was awarded to Connie “Kohni” Armbruster. Her work, “Postcard Memories,” was purchased by Elaine Stephens and Susan Richter. First place in the overall competition went to Shelley Henderson for “Midsummer Afternoon,” which featured a field of milo. Shelley said she “... grew up across the road from a grain field and has always had a fondness for them.”
Second place in the overall category went to Irene Frazier for “Dinner Time.” Her painting was sold to Robert and Robyn Gregory. Third place in this category went to Irene Frazier for “Longhorn Grazing.”
The People’s Choice Award went to Shelley Henderson for “Empty.” The painting featured a little red wagon and a tree swing, both empty. The painting was purchased by Randy and Terrie Leonard.
In the Honorable Mention category, Connie Armbruster won for “Retired with Honor.” Irene Frazier also earned honors in this category with “Chihuahua Street,” featuring two Chihuahua Street buildings. The buyers of “Chihuahua Street” were Keith and Becky Johanson, who own La Vernia Pump & Supply, located in one of the buildings featured in the painting.
Shelley Henderson’s painting, “Mission Espada,” also garnered an Honorable Mention and was purchased by Lisa Simmons. Jeanne B. Allen’s painting, “A Bridge of Days Gone By,” and Winona H. Alder’s “A Country Scene” also captured slots in this category.
In addition to the artworks by adults in the show, the La Vernia Historical Association also invited submissions from children. Coloring pages were placed with area businesses for children to color and return. The scene was Chihuahua Street in the old days, complete with an old pickup truck. Guests at the art show chose their favorite little artists and these children also were awarded ribbons and each will receive an art set.
Coloring contest winners are: first place, Crystal Hagg, 11; second place, Zowie Gaylor, 6; third place, Hunter Biasiolli, 9; honorable mentions, Abigail Pack and Layla Harper.
More than 120 people stopped in to view the art; some also got to chat with the artists.
The event also included a silent auction; proceeds benefit the La Vernia Historical Association.
Unsold artworks remain available for viewing and purchase in the La Vernia Municipal Development District office on Chihuahua Street, next to Wells Fargo in downtown La Vernia.
For more information on the La Vernia Historical Association or this event, visit www.laverniahistory.com.