Seneca art teacher wins best of show
October 24, 2012
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“BCH CYG” won Best of Show for artist Jason Woolslare at the opening of the “Art Faculty Show” at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center. The exhibit originally was shown at The Art Center.

CRANBERRY TWP — Winners were announced Friday at the opening night of the Associated Artists of Butler County “Art Faculty Show” at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center. More than $1,000 in cash prizes were awarded.

The exhibit also was shown in September at The Art Center in Butler.

Jason Woolslare, an art teacher at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School, captured best of show for his acrylic painting “BCH CYG.”

He says the letters on the painting are a tribute to his great uncle who was killed in the Army Air Corps during WWII and to his father who served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Those two time periods are commingled subtly as well in the layers in the underpainting.

The appearance of torn edges represents being war-torn, as in lost love, loss of innocence, and division of a nation.

Other winning artwork included:

Oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings

Bill Perry, first, for “Herefords”

Rita Johnson, second, for “The Cyclist”

Heidi Garwig, third, for “Water Galaxy”

Drawings and pastels

Carol Begley, first, for “Stoney #2,” and second, for “Sunny Saturday on the Corner of 3rd”

Mixed media

Heather Hertel, first, for “Plume”

Jason Woolslare, second, for “Blackbird”

Noele Reynolds, honorable mention, for a 3-D sculpture

Mary Mason, honorable mention, for jewelry.

The exhibit continues through Nov. 9 at the municipal center and is sponsored by AABC and the Cranberry Township Community Chest.