Beverly Art Competition Exhibit ‘Christens’ Jack Simmerling Gallery at BAC

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On the evening that the Beverly Art Center’s main gallery was dedicated as the Jack Simmerling Gallery, winners in the 40th annual Beverly Art Competition were announced. It was a fitting legacy for the late Jack Simmerling who, as a neighbor and artist, did so much for our community and the BAC.

In celebrating the honor to their father, Jack Simmerling’s children attended the event, warmly welcomed by Lori and Ed McGunn, whose gift the gallery dedication possible.

Judging the art competition weres Judie Anderson and Raymond A. Thomas. Winners are:  Beverly Bank Best of Show, Zachary Williams – “Angry Bombs;”  Alice & Arthur Baer Award, Alvin Hawkins – “Shelter From The Storm;” Bill & Judie Anderson Award, Vicki Hayes – “Torrence Av.;” Figurative Award, Justin Clemmons – “C.H.I.C.A.G.O.;” Non-Representational Award, Cynthia Lee – “Momento Mori;” 3 Dimensional Award,

Martin Kirk – “Piranha Attack;” Photographic/Digital Award, Louisa Murzyn – “Foggy River Sunrise;” and Honorable Mentions, Pamela Stalker – “The Conversation,” Lee Galusha –  “Black,” andDamon Lamar Reed – “I Got Right.”

The exhibit of finalists and winners continues through Jan. 8 at the BAC, 2407 W. 111th St.

The Beverly Art Competition was founded in 1976 by real estate developer Arthur Rubloff and local artists William and Judie Anderson, all original supporters of the BAC. Today, funding for this important juried competition continues thanks to the generosity and community spirit of The Beverly Bank & Trust Co., and new partners The Chicago Community Trust, and The Reva and David Logan Foundation.

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