The Johnston County Arts Council hosted its Seventh Annual Arts and Food Festival Galalast Thursday at the Paul A. Johnston auditorium located on the campus of Johnston Community College.
Thirty-eight artists participated in the art show in the categories of painting, photography, and pottery. The following were awarded: Painting- First Place: Mary Jones –Sapphire Fantasy; Second Place: Joanne Dunn- All the Way; Third Place: Carolyn Howard –Poetry of Trees; Honorable Mentions: Carolyn Allen-Grace – David Lennon-River Walk – Ann Ragland– Write On… and Jo Tucker– Snack Time.
In the category of photography the winners were; First Place: Kyle Wilson – I Will Crab Until My Heart Stops; Second Place; Christer Berg- William Ivey Long; Third Place: Kyle Wilson- The Dressing Table.
In the Pottery category First Place: Frank Grubbs; Second Place: Marsha Rogers; ThirdPlace: Kristin Sasser and Honorable mention- Betsy Whittington. Best of Show was awarded to Christer Berg – Ben Williams. First place winners received $200, second place-$100 and third place- $50. The Best of Show received $350.
Johnston County restaurants offered samplings of their signature dishes with the following restaurants receiving awards:
Best Entrée-Anthony’s Pizza &Pasta of Clayton; Best Dessert– Anna’s Gourmet Banana Nut Bread of Smithfield, Best Presentation-Casey’s Floral and Catering Service of Princeton. Best Side Dish– Bistro on Third of Smithfield, Most Original Dish– The Serving Spoon of Pine Level and The Serving Spoon also won Best Appetizer. ThePeople’s Choice Award for Best Restaurant as determined by vote of festival attendees went to Parkside Café of Pine Level.
The fundraiser generated monies to assist the Arts Council with funding for the 2016 Artists-in-the-Schools program, free community programming including; monthly plein-air paint in/outs, student art exhibits as well as the Music for the Lunch Bunch.