Winners for the 45th annual Ponca City Fine Arts Festival named

Beverly Bryant - September 21, 2019 4:50 pm

Mary Lou Christie, named Best of Show

The award winners for the 45th annual Ponca City Fine Arts Festival have been announced with jeweler Mary Lou Christie taking the top prize, Best of Show, for her handcrafted jewelry.

Other prizes included first, second and third place in both the two dimensional and three dimensional categories.

Elaine Armstrong

John Kennington

Randy Jones

The two dimensional category prizes were awarded to, Elaine Armstrong, oil painting, 1st place; John Kennington, photography, 2nd place; Randy Jones, photography, 3rd place; with honorable mentions for Jan McKay, Charles Steelman and Kelly Langley.

Carl Petersen

Shane Glover

Jackie Swafford

The three dimensional category winners were Carl Petersen, turned wood, 1st; Shane Glover, metal art, 2nd; Jackie Swafford, ceramic art, 3rd; with honorable mentions for Angela McReynolds, Judy Bode and Marianne Weber.

Kale and Jace Stewart

The Florence Riesen Novice Award, which is a special award for the top new artist was awarded to Kale and Jace Stewart and their beautiful hand-blown glass. In order to qualify for this award you must be a new artist who has not been selling professional for more than two years.

The juror for this year’s festival was Julianne Clark of Tulsa, OK.

The Ponca City Arts Festival is a juried fine art show and has been the premier annual Fine Arts Festival of Northern Oklahoma since 1975. Each year, artists from around the country gather at the Ponca City Arts Festival to share their arts with this region.

This festival includes an interactive art area, a children’s art area, live art demonstrations, live entertainment and food/drink vendors.

The event is hosted each year by the Ponca City Art Association, dedicated to enriching the cultural life in the community by promoting, teaching, and nourishing the creation and appreciation of the visual arts. The vision of the PCAA is to be a community of individuals, businesses, volunteers, civic leaders and media who actively work to provide financial resources, to raise awareness, and to advocate for achieving this mission.

The PCAA values inclusiveness and diversity by striving to include all artistry, all abilities and talents, and by welcoming and serving the diversity of the community.

For more information on classes, programs, events or become a member of the PCAA, visit


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