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Winners from Sixth Annual Nature Art Showcase Announced

Deac Mong holding prize

for People's Choice Award;

painting 'Rufus' a black bear.


Attendees at last weekend’s Sixth Annual Nature Art Showcase and Sale cast ballots for the “People’s Choice” award while they viewed more than 80 original art items submitted by 49 artists and displayed in the main lobby of the Barrow-Civic Theatre in downtown Franklin during the Franklin On Ice festival. This free exhibit of original artwork made using diverse techniques features depictions of outdoor recreation and natural resources of northwestern Penna.

The Council on Greenways and Trails and Penn Soil Resource Conservation & Development Council are pleased to announce that the top vote-getter with 23 votes is an oil on canvas painting entitled “Rufus” by Deac Mong of Franklin, PA. This large eye-catching painting focuses on the head of a mature black bear. As his prize, Mr. Mong received a hand-made stoneware bowl which invokes a sense of ‘Northern Lights’ produced by fellow artist Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell of Franklin, part of Moonrise Porcelain & Stoneware.

This year’s Runner-Up for People’s Choice (earning 20 votes) is a scene entitled “Girl in the Garden” which Franklin resident Mary Rose Ragon made using pressed plant material which she earlier harvested from fields near her home.

Mary Rose Ragon with her

‘Girl in the Garden’ scene

created with pressed plant material.


Sponsors for this annual event included the following: ARTS Oil City; Barrow-Civic Theatre; Be Here – Venango Area Chamber of Commerce; Clarion Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Council on Greenways and Trails; Ernst Conservation Seeds; Franklin Fine Arts Council; Franklin On Ice; French Creek Framing and Fine Art; Oil City Arts Council; Oil Region Alliance; Penn Soil Resource Conservation & Development Council; Titusville Council on the Arts; Titusville Renaissance, Inc.; Victorian City Art & Frame; and anonymous friends. For more details, see

This free public event was jointly coordinated by two area non-profit organizations – Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development Council based in Warren, PA serving eight counties in northwestern Pennsylvania, and the Council on Greenways and Trails based in Oil City, PA focusing on Clarion, Crawford, and Venango Counties.

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