People’s Choice Award
People’s Choice winner illustrates God’s loving watch-care
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31.
Only in the past couple years, when Elaine Alpers took a college drawing class, did she discover a love and aptitude for art. This year, Elaine took home the People’s Choice award from the Avera Employee & Family Art Show.
Elaine received the most votes for her artwork titled, “Matthew 10:29-31 Series.” It is a mixed media, drawn on burned wood. “The main idea is that God remembers us and loves us even when we feel insignificant and unworthy,” Elaine said. While the burned wood represents illness and death, the image of a bird in flight represents new life and hope. “God values each of us, including the sick and dying.”
Elaine, a junior at the University of Sioux Falls, is the daughter of Dr. Josie Alpers of Avera Medical Group Radiology. When Elaine took a drawing class in college, she enjoyed it so much she changed her major to art and graphic design. “I enjoy the whole spectrum of art,” she added. Elaine volunteers with the Avera Cancer Institute’s Artist in Residence program, working with cancer patients on therapeutic art projects.
Congratulations, Elaine, and thanks for entering the Avera Employee & Family Art Show!
Congratulations to winners of the Avera Employee and Family Art Show. A reception and awards ceremony was held Monday, July 22, in their honor. Prize money is provided by the National Arts Program, which sponsors the show. The NAP and Avera McKennan Foundation also provided two $500 scholarships for continuing art education.
Art Exhibit Winners
BEST OF SHOW
Aaron Culey for “Harmony” $300. Aaron is the son of Dr. Shawn Culey, physician at Avera Medical Group McGreevy West Benson Road.
ADULT PROFESSIONAL DIVISION
1st Place: Jay Bachmayer, Account Manager in Marketing, for “Fleeting History” $300
2nd Place: Jennifer Klarenbeek for “In This Space” $200
3rd Place: Denise Nelson for “Untitled” $100
Honorable Mention: Russell McKnight for “Compost”
Honorable Mention: Nathan Krier for “The Origins of the Dustbowl”
ADULT INTERMEDIATE DIVISION
1st Place: Aaron Culey for “Study for Figure 1” $300
2nd Place: Todd Carlson for “Mist on the Yellowstone” $200
3rd Place: Connie Doke for “Culture Fest” $100
Honorable Mention: Derek Ferrin for “Oh Brother”
Honorable Mention: Lisa Bosarge for “Optimystic”
ADULT AMATEUR DIVISION
1st Place: Kellie Ramm, barista in the Quarry Café at the Avera Cancer Institute quarry for “Nature’s Music” $300
2nd Place: Christen Babb for “Healing Waters” $200.00
3rd Place: Nancy Dunwoody “Oreo Anticipation” $100.00
Honorable Mention: Lyle Kroon for “Wedding Bliss”
Honorable Mention: Linda Parr for “Petal Car”
TEEN 13 - 18 YRS DIVISION
1st Place: Kyle Marks, son of Brenda Marks, Regional EMR Analyst, for “Mr. Churchill” $75
2nd Place: Alex Ruud for “Weathered” $50
3rd Place: Madeline Auvenshine for “Barn” $25
Honorable Mention: Jamie Smith for “Last Dance”
Honorable Mention: Mary Wieczorek for “Potato, Patato…”
YOUTH 12 & UNDER DIVISION
1st Place: Mallorie Bittner, daughter of Michelle Bittner, 2East Rehab Integration Specialist, for “Dinosaur’s Paradise” $75
2nd Place: Coralee Hawley for “Nature’s Miracle” $50
3rd Place: Amy Longo for “A Pretty Plant” $25
Honorable Mention: Isabella Baumberger for “Tooth Fairy”
Honorable Mention: Aryn Roerig for “A Sunny Day”
Kyle Marks and Kellie Ramm
Each artist receives a $500 reimbursement for art classes or workshops.