Tina Duncan: ALHC artist of the year

Press release from the Art League of Henderson County:

At the Art League of Henderson County holiday luncheon in December, members voted for Artist of the Year from among those members who have had been selected as Artist of the Month or Viewers’ Choice winners during the year. The 2016 Artist of the Year was Tina Duncan who had won in July for her large oil painting “Estatoe Falls.”

Duncan was moved by the recognition by her fellow artists and thanked them all for their support. “I wish to express my gratitude to my fellow artists in the Art League of Henderson County,” Duncan told them, “not only for voting me the honor of Artist of the Year but also for motivating me to learn more and work harder to become a better painter.”

One of the benefits of being a member of the ALHC, Duncan acknowledged, is the critique groups where members meet to show new paintings and get feedback from other artists. Duncan said the critiques and being able to exhibit at the Opportunity House each month has encouraged her to focus on the areas of her art she felt needed improvement. “I set a personal challenge for myself to paint rocks that glow and water with many colors,” Duncan said afterward. She enjoys painting local waterfalls for the challenge they present.

Member John Anderson’s contributions hanging monthly exhibits and coordination of the annual Members Show was acknowledged with the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award. Anderson has been a long-time member and has won numerous awards for his watercolor paintings. Anderson will be the featured speaker at the January meeting where he’ll talk about Whiskey Painting, a specialized miniature painting format.

The Art League is composed of artists of many media and skill sets, as well as those who wish to support the arts in their community. It allows for exchange of ideas, artistic opportunities, and resources. The Art League of Henderson County is open to all who are interested in fine art, both artists and patrons. The next meeting will be Sunday, January 8, at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC. A reception for the current exhibit begins at 1:30 pm, followed by a short business meeting and an art related presentation until about 4 pm. Guests are welcome. For more information, visit the ALHC website at www.artleague.net.

About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. His writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, the Miracle Monocle, Juked and elsewhere. His debut novel, The Wind Under the Door, is now available.

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