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Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art

Chinese artist Duan wins Best of Show
in second appearance

The Chinese-born painter is now based in Dublin, Ohio

Photo by Emily Ward

The 2015 winners of the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art were announced Sunday at the show. They are, front row from left, Linda Barnett, First Place Fine Art; Jeri Landers, Third Place Fine Art; Sally Phillips, Best Booth Presentation; Robert Coomer, Second Place, Fine Art; Adam Egenolf, Second Place Craft; (back row from left) Zhen Zhong Duan, Best of Show; Bill Bowen, First Place Craft; Robin Chard, Honorable Mention; Gary Chapman, Third Place Craft; and William Carver, Honorable Mention.

(October 2015) – Chinese artist Zhen Zhong Duan of Dublin, Ohio, won Best of Show at the 45th annual Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art on Sunday, Sept. 27. He paints both oils and watercolors, but it was his large cityscapes in oil of the many places he has traveled throughout the world that won over the show judges. The paintings in his booth showed scenes of southern China, Paris, France, Italy and New York City.
His large paintings are lush with color and depict Tibetan mountain people, the Great Wall of China, European streetscapes and slices of Americana and Chinese life.
This was Duan’s second appearance at the Chautauqua after having won First Place in Fine Art here in 2007. At that time, he was living in Greenwood, Ind., but he has since moved to Dublin, Ohio.

Photo by Emily Ward

Linda Barnett (above left) of New Albany, Ind., was chosen by the judges as First Place in the Fine Art category at the 45th annual Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art on Sunday, Sept. 27. Bill and Gean Bowen (above right) of Charlestown, Ind., were awarded First Place in Craft for their work in clay and pottery.

Duan, 70, was born in Anhi, China, and graduated from the China Central Academy of Arts and Design, where he majored in decorative arts and architecture. In the early 1970s, he worked as an art designer for the Song and Dance ensemble Central Troup, and by 1990 became the senior arts designer.
Duan’s work has appeared in more than 20 major film and television productions. He has exhibited and sold his work at the Frankfort, Ind., Public Library. He continues to paint full time and is a member of the Brown County (Ind.) Art Guild in Nashville.
First Place in Fine Art was awarded to Linda Barnett of New Albany, Ind., for what the judges called her “funky and imaginative” mosaics. This was her ninth year in the show.
Second Place in Fine Art went to Robert Coomer, an artist from Batavia, Ohio, who featured oils and also unique images applied to distressed steel plates.
Third Place in Fine Art was given to Jeri Landers of Rutledge, Tenn. She is a frequent winner at the show with her children’s book and colorful paper cut displays. This was her 10th year in the show.

Photo by Emily Ward

Chinese artist Zhen Zhong Duan of Dublin, Ohio won Best of Show for his colorful cityscape paintings.

First Place in Craft was awarded to Bill and Gean Bowen of nearby Charlestown, Ind. The couple makes clay and pottery pieces. This was their sixth appearance at the Chautauqua. The judges liked their “nice use of sculpture in functional pieces. Very good original design.”
Second Place in Craft went to Adam Egenolf of Nineveh, Ind. He placed third in Fine Art last year at the show. Egenolf creates unique pieces of clay and pottery at his Brown County, Ind., studio, along with crystalized glaze pieces. Third Place in Craft was given to Madison’s own Gary Chapman. He is a woodturner who creates unique and beautiful wood bowls and other items. The judges said, “Very well made – especially the burned and charred elements.” Chapman is a member of the Madison Art Club and displays his work at the club’s Art on Main Gallery.
The award for Best Presentation was given to Sally Phillips of Indiana-polis. Her booth of jewelry designs featured an attractive counter and display design. Phillips was making her 15th appearance in the show.

Photo by Emily Ward

Sally Phillips, in her 15th year at the Madison Chautauqua, won the Best Booth Presentation award.

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Robin Chard of Louisville, Ky., and William Carver of Whiteland, Ind. Chard makes jewelry.

The Chautauqua enjoyed a large crowd despite encountering cloudy, overcast days both Saturday and Sunday, but no rain.





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