LaGrange artist Guthrie Killebrew took best in show at the Columbus Artists’ Guild’s 2012 member exhibition.
Area artists submitted 100 works of arts to the annual event held at Columbus State University’s Illges Gallery. There were 20 awards given, with Killebrew’s oil on linen painting “Camp Cherokee Cabina” taking the top honor.
Killebrew was surprised to hear about her winning piece.
“I was blown away. It was such a tiny little painting, it never dawned on me that it would even be noticed, much less receive an award. I was just thrilled,” said Killebrew, a founding member of Artists in Residence, a LaGrange artists’ cooperative. Last year, another of Killebrew’s works at the exhibition received the member’s award.
Killebrew’s award-winning painting depicts a building from a girls’ camp on Lake Burton in north Georgia.
The camp hasn’t been used in years, but she saw it during an art workshop.
Killebrew is a lifelong artist, studying art at LaGrange College and pursuing it since then. She works out of her studio at Artists in Residence. Killebrew is also a member of the Visual Artists’ Alliance of LaGrange.
An exhibit of the 20 award-winning works of art from the Columbus Artists’ Guild will be on display at the Rankin Gallery, 1004 Broadway, in Columbus through July.