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– PALESTINE, IL – Over 100 professional and amateur photographs have the Palestine Art Center Main Gallery filled with a visual feast.

The 2010 Photography Show is the first annual and replaces the Crawford County Arts/Lincoln Trail College Photography Show held for nearly 5 years at LTC. Photographers from as far south as Newburgh, Indiana, north as Dennison, west to Effingham and east to Indianapolis, Indiana, brought their work for the show.

The show, with more than 100 entries ranging from all over Illinois and Indiana, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily through Friday and from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Voting for the People’s Choice Award honor and money is open to the general public through Friday. Hours and show schedules may be seen at http://www.palestineartcenter.com

Doug Lawhead, former Robinson Daily News photographer who is now a technology instructor at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, judged the show. Lawhead brings 23 years as a professional photographer to the task along with being a photo instructor. He had an April show of his current work of manipulating digital photos by adding photographed textures into subject photographs with computer software.

Best of Show and two first place honors were earned by Mitch Erwin of Olney.

Local first place winners include Danelle Hevron, Flat Rock, and Dana Hargrave, Robinson.

Other first place winners were Jim McMullen, Terre Haute, Indiana, and Todd Stokes of Dennison both taking 2 firsts each.

Local photographer Beth Rynke, Robinson, garnered 2nd place honors along with Jeff Waggoner, Indianapolis, Indiana; Jim McMullen, Terre Haute; Brent Michael, Newburgh, Indiana; Bob Reisling, Effingham; Spencer Young, Clinton, Indiana; and Harry Orr of Salem.

Honorable mention winners locally include Megan Ellis, Palestine, and Joe Trimble, Robinson.

Indiana artists getting honorable mention awards were Spencer Young from Clinton; Jim McMullen, Terre Haute; Jeff Waggoner of Indianapolis; and Rita Kent, Newburgh .  Mitch Erwin, Olney; and Debbie Arning of Walnut Hill were Illinoisians earning honorable mention.

Lawhead remarked at the recent opening of the show that the show is an “incredible collection of excellent photos.” He said he chose award winners based on the different way their photos show they have viewed their subject. “I’m looking for a different way of seeing what everyone sees and for the expression of that in their photos.”

Lawhead has been a professional photographer at several commercial news organizations and has been taking pictures for most of his life.

The show is the first annual sponsored by the Palestine Art Center and the Palestine Development Association. Palestine photographer and artist Jim Ellis chaired the show at the Art Center.

A People’s Choice award will also be given to one photo and is still being voted on by visitors to the free show.

Access to the Palestine Art Center Main Gallery, 112 S. Main St., is available through the Main Street Bistro.

Palestine, located in southeastern Illinois along the Indiana border about 1 hour south of Terre Haute, IN, is one of the oldest towns in the state.  The community celebrates its Bicentennial in 2011.  Visit http://www.palestinebicentennial.com for more details regarding Illinois’ 1st bicentennial celebration.

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