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Artists eye prize at Lemont Center for the Arts' first judged and juried show

LEMONT – The Lemont Center for the Arts will display artwork by 23 artists during its Third Anniversary Exhibit, which opens to the public on Friday and will be on available for viewing Friday through Sunday until Oct. 27.

It will be the center's first judged and juried show, with art educator Jerry Stefl serving as the judge.

Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place during an opening reception on Sunday. The first place winner will receive $300, the runner up will get $200 and the artist who comes in third will be given $100.

Mona Parry, one of the organizers of the event, said via email that the center chose to have a juried show to present the center as a professional gallery.

"While we always exhibit the best local art, a juried and judged exhibit gives the LCA the added touch of having an unbiased, professional, qualified person judge and comment on the artwork," she said.

Parry said that besides the usual paintings, drawings, photography and ceramics, the exhibition will feature fused glass pieces and sheet metal pieces, mosaics and work incorporating repurposed objects.

Participating artist Maggie Capettini lives in Joliet, but is a member of the Lemont Artists Guild and a former commissioner with the Lemont Arts Commission.

An oil painter, she participated in the second anniversary art exhibit and a faculty art show at the center.

She said that having a judged and juried show makes a difference for the participants.

"As an artists, it lends more credence to what you're doing if you participate in juried shows, and also, the attraction of a prize is additional motivation," she said.

Capettini said she is looking forward to seeing works from artists that are new to the center.

Keith Nowakowski of Lemont will be participating in a center show for the first time and hopes to become more involved in the future.

He works as a graphic designer and has been an amateur photographer for about 20 years.

"I'm excited to see more and more arts and culture brought into the community," he said.


If you go

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Lemont Center for the Arts, 1243 State St.
More information: Cash prizes will be awarded and light refreshments will be served.
Contact: 630-243-7375,
Note to Readers: A story in the Sept. 6 edition of the Lemont Reporter/Met about the Lemont Center for the Arts' upcoming art show misspelled the name of an artist. Maggie Capettini of Joliet will be participating in the show.

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