Mary S. Oakley Area Artists Showcase opens Saturday in the Quincy Art Center

Posted: Nov. 16, 2012 10:49 am Updated: Nov. 30, 2012 11:15 am

The Mary S. Oakley and Lee Lindsay Area Artists Showcase will open at the Quincy Art Center, 1515 Jersey, from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday with a "Meet the Artists" reception.

A dessert buffet will be presented along with beverages. The food is being provided by the Oakley and Lindsay families, and will be prepared and served by Signe Oakley, Cathy Codd, Chris Alger, Lil Keller and the Quincy Area Vocational Technical Center Food Service Students.

An awards ceremony is planned for 6:30 p.m. in the Katharine Gardner Stevenson Gallery. People may choose their favorite work for the People's Choice award. The winner will be announced at 7:45 on a recognition-only basis.

The annual juried competition is open to artists living within a 50-mile radius of Quincy and to members of the Quincy Artists Guild and the Great River Watercolor Society. Named in honor of Mary S. Oakley and Lee Lindsay, longtime members of the Quincy Art Center and lifelong arts enthusiasts, the competition continues their legacies.

The judge for this year's Showcase was Matt Ballou, artist and writer, assistant teaching professor of painting and drawing in the art department of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he has taught since 2007.

Cash rewards totaling $1,500 have been determined by the judge, including a $500 Best of Show winner, and will be presented during the Saturday night ceremony. The award winners are kept "top secret" until that night.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Oakley and Lindsay families, whose grants to the Art Center have ensured the presentation of the exhibition for the past 16 years. The exhibition also has been funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council, the city of Quincy, and the business and individual members of the Quincy Society of Fine Arts.

Gallery hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, Jan. 20, with except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. There is an admission fee of $3 for adults, and $1 for seniors, students and children. Quincy Art Center members are admitted free.

For more information or to set up a tour, call (217) 223-5900 or e-mail