Hain House host artists

An artist reception was held for participants in the Annual Community Art Show Thursday night. The show, annually sponsored by the Friends of Historic Boonville, was held at the Hain House located on Fourth Street.
The 1838 single family dwelling made a unique experience for individuals as they looked at other artist work as well as finding out if they placed first, second or third. Everyone, though, received a participatory ribbon. Art exhibited included included professional all the way to pre-kindergarten.  
"We have 61 entries this year, which is 20 more than last year. It has been a great success," Friends of Historic Boonville Executive Director Melissa Strawhun said.
Categories consisting of professional, amateur, K-second, third-fifth, sixth-eighth and nine-twelth were showcased. There was also a separate category for photography with hopes of expanding to sculptures in the near future.
Professional photographer Bill Crager, a second year veteran of the show entered in a couple photo pieces.
"We entered 'the Bull' and the 'Old Goat,' which is one of my favorites because we found him by a barn in Linn County Missouri a few years ago," Crager said.
Iris Campbell, a third year veteran of the show entered in a number of small oil paintings.
"I entered many oil paintings this year instead of a couple of my larger canvases. One of them has a second place ribbon on it. The title of it is 'Sail Boats Sky and Water' and the other is 'Old Mill," Campbell said. "I am looking forward to the rest of the Heritage Days Festival."
"We have had a good turnout so far with hopes a lot more will come and see the art," Strawhun said.
A 'best of show' will be voted on by all individuals on Friday and Saturday.