Woodworker Neil Kemarly wins Best of Show at BSAF

Neil Kemarly

A woodworker from Pioneer took top honors in the Juried Art Show at the Black Swamp Arts Festival Saturday.

Neil Kemarly won Best of Show for his furnishings that use the wood’s natural characteristics as a key design element. Judge Brandon Briggs praised his work as an example of the power of simplicity in design.

First place 2D went to Kentucky printmaker Chris Plummer. Plummer said some of his most recent work was inspired by his work teaching children.

First place 3D went to ceramics artist Rachel Stevens, from North Carolina. Judge Kathy Buszkiewicz said she was impressed with Stevens’ striking use of color.

Also honored were:

  • Samuel Hitchman, ceramics, second place.
  • Paula Gill, fiber, third place.
  • Derrick Riley, printmaking, Rick Braveheart, photography, and Dave Thompson, mixed media, all honorable mention.

(A full story will be published tomorrow.)