Contributed by the
city of Auburn

The city of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Association would like to thank artists and community members for taking part in the 16th annual Juried Art Show and Preview Reception. This free to the public event was held on April 22.

Local and regional artists submitted original works of art from an array of mediums such as paintings, works on paper, three-dimensional (ceramics/sculptures), mixed-media and photography. All submitted artwork was available for viewing and purchase at the historic Nunn-Winston House in Kiesel Park. Working in conjunction with the 20th Annual Auburn CityFest, the art exhibition remained open to the public during the festival on April 25.

Guests mingled with artists while they enjoyed live musical entertainment by Philip Rowton and complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by The Cup & Saucer. Twelve cash awards, including two $250 awards presented by the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau, were given to the chosen artists selected by a panel of jurors. Winners are listed below.

$250 Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau Merit Awards

Bay Kelley – “Toomer’s Corner Sit-in”

Scott Melville – “Apples and a Pot of Flowers”

$200 Auburn CityFest Merit Awards

Shay Collins – “#533”

Penelope Redlich-Stroik – “Wither Thou Goest”

$100 Auburn Arts Association Merit Awards

William Blake Brown – “Feelin’ it”

Robert Ekelund – “Gladiolas in Blue Vase”

Amy Kaiser – “Chattering Vase”

Graham Nahikian – “Personal Propaganda”

Shelby Newman – “The Cloud”

Ethel Sell Vaughn – “Little Boy Reading”

Alana Whitehead – “Waterfall at Kreher Preserve”

Michael Zabala – “My Love”

The event would not have been possible without our sponsors, the City of Auburn, Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau and The Cup & Saucer Market and Café.

The Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center offers a variety of opportunities in the Auburn area to experience both visual and performing arts, entertain and develop new ideas, cultivate new talent and provide ways for the community to come together.

There are classes and workshops for all ages, art exhibits shown in the center’s gallery, community theatre programs and special events held throughout the year. To learn more about the Arts Center, you can visit