Best In Show

Sault, Mich., artist and Lake Superior State University adjunct art professor William Morrison poses with, Ethereal - Temporal, a work he created with chiseled metal, photography, and acrylic paint. His submission landed first-place honors at the 2017 5x7 Art Show, a juried competition cosponsored by LSSU and Chippewa County Sunrise Rotary Club. More than 130 pieces on 5x7 canvases were donated by Michigan and Ontario artists for the fourth annual show, which is moving to the Kenneth Shouldice Library gallery for display through June. (LSSU/John Shibley)

A showing of more than 130 5×7 canvases donated by Michigan and Ontario artists – with some pieces from as far away as California and Tennessee – will be displayed in Lake Superior State University’s K.J. Shouldice Library gallery through the end of June. The works were entered in the fourth annual 5×7 Art Show, a juried competition cosponsored by LSSU Arts Center Gallery and Chippewa County Sunrise Rotary Club this past April.

Artists were invited to create and donate works on a 5×7 canvas. Media could include painting, drawing, tile, sculpture, fabric, and photographs, plus any other media artists could work. This year’s theme was, Through a Window.

Taking first-place honors and receiving $300 was William Morrison, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., for Ethereal – Temporal; second place with a prize of $200 went to Sandra Sikkila, Reed City, Mich., for her work in oil, Through a Porthole; third place with a prize of $100 was given to April South-Olson, Escanaba, Mich., for her Encaustic, View from the Passenger’s Side.

Sandra Sikkila also took honorable mention for the oil, MuMu Night’s Visitor, as did Phil Dansdill, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., for his photograph, High Rise. Lisa Sommers, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., rounded out honorable mentions with Hungry Hummingbird in stained glass.

Pieces, each available for purchase for $50, are available for viewing through June 30 in the Shouldice gallery 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Thurs.-Fri., and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Tues.-Wed. The library is closed on weekends.

Sales benefit LSSU Arts Center gallery exhibition programming and Rotary’s earmarked designation in support of the Diane Peppler Resource Center of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Next year’s 5×7 show theme is, Slice of Life. Contact gallery director Sharon Dorrity at [email protected] for 2018 registration and sponsorship details.