It Didn’t Win “Best In Show”, But It Won My “Favorite In Show”

Written By Galen White

A few weeks ago I told you that on behalf of the Louisiana and North West Railroad and our parent company, Patriot Rail Corp., I was gonna present the “Best in Show” award for the “Best in Show” artwork in the 2009 Claiborne Parish Jubilee Art Show. They call it the “Best in Show” award ’cause that’s what it is – Best in Show! Now, I know some of you are wonderin’ why I had to ‘splain it that way, but you gotta remember, there ain’t a whole lotta stuff that I can explain plainly. So when I come across somethin’ easy, I tend to ‘splain it in detail.

Of course, there are times when I try to ‘splain things that I really don’t do a very good job on. It’s the ol’ “I know you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant” syndrome!

Anyway, I arrived at the Jubilee art show earlier’n the time I was to present the award, and began browsin’ around the displays. You know, I may not be cultured…., well, maybe I should phrase it like this: I may not possess much high society culture…. That sounds better, don’t it? The other way made it sound like I was clabbered like buttermilk. HEY! You ain’t gotta claim I was right the first time!

As I started to say, I began lookin’ around at the art on display, and folks, I’m here to tell ya, there was a heap ‘o talent for show there. They had pencil art, water colors, paintings quilts, painted gourds, poetry, jewelry……. shoot! They had enough stuff that anyone would have found something they would have liked.

Remember me tellin’ you that they wouldn’t let me be a judge? Well, I shoulda been one. Now, I’m certainly not takin’ anything away from any of the winners or the judge. In fact, the “Best in Show” winner was Jeri Dettenheim, whose artwork was very deservin’ of the win. It was simply amazin’! Shuckin’s! All the artwork was amazin’ to me!

But I had a favorite. Not only was the artwork well done, but the thought behind it blew my mind. When my baby blues…, uh,…., when my baby hazels feel upon it, I did a little jig ’cause I was so impressed.

I cannot recall the artist’s name, but he or she was obviously young. However and in my opinion, the thought behind the artwork is what was extremely impressive. In the center of an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper, a quarter had been pasted. Yes. That’s right, a real quarter. A two bit piece for us old folks; a twenty-five cent piece, if you are a young whippersnapper.

And around that quarter was a horse, hand drawn as only a child could do. The title of the painting was “My Quarter Hores”! And yes again, It was spelled just that way.

Folks, I just fell in love with that painting. As much as I was impressed with all the other beautiful artwork, this was my personal favorite. I’ve always been told not to compete with animals or kids ’cause you ain’t gonna win! Had I been the judge, I would have proven the advice true.

I offer my most sincere congratulations to all the artists, regardless of the art style or medium. I would urge everyone to attend next year’s show, and join me in total amazement at the quality, as well as the quantity, of talent on display.

 

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Galen WhiteGalen White has written articles for several papers in North Louisiana and is now retired.

 

 

 

 

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