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Congratulations to Weyburn in Focus Fine Arts and Photography Competition Winners!

Kudos to these very talented folks!

Weyburn Credit Union (WCU) and Weyburn Arts Council are excited to announce the winners of the Weyburn in Focus Photography & Fine Art Competition. WCU is extremely grateful for their partner in the art competition, Regan Lanning, curator of Weyburn Arts Council. The Weyburn Arts Council not only supports arts and artists within our community, but also provides a priceless service to our community. Regan lent her experience and expertise throughout the competition and led the panel that chose the winning entries. Entries were judged first and foremost on their quality and visual appeal. Preference was given to those pieces that were recognizably local - featuring local landmarks or properties. Furthermore, preference was given to art that incorporated the Weyburn Credit Union brand – including the look, feel, and/or colours of WCU. Preference was not given to type of media, but the panel is happy to have a variety of mediums within the winning entries.
Art Competition Winners

We are excited to announce today, the winners of the Weyburn in Focus Photography & Fine Art Competition. Be sure to check our our Weyburn In Focus gallery page to view all of the winners! Congratulations to these 12 very talented competition winners:

  • $1,000 First Place: Tana Cugnet for “A Familiar View” acrylic painting
  • $500 Second Place: Brenda King for “Storm Clouds over Second and Coteau” fibre art
  • $250 Third Place: Bill Allen Elevator at Twilight photograph
  • $100 Finalists rounding out our 12 Winners (in alphabetical order):
  • Bill Allen: Rays of Sunshine photograph
  • Chris Borshowa: We Found Love photograph
  • Dallin Chicoine: Weyburn Museum watercolor and ink
  • Jenn Cugnet: Cirsium Arvense photograph
  • Courtney Kesslering: Weyburn at Sunset photograph
  • Krista Klemmer: Signal Hill Summer photograph
  • Kari Nikolejsin: Nikolejsin Ladybug photograph
  • Andrea Sidloski: Corner Blossoms acrylic on canvas
  • Keyanna Swanson: Saskatchewan Irises watercolor

“To say Weyburn has some remarkably talented people is an understatement.” commented Regan Lanning, Curator of Weyburn Arts Council. “We were ecstatic with the number and quality of submissions received. It is our mission to provide the opportunity to experience art in a fun and encouraging atmosphere, so we were happy to partner with the Credit Union on this competition; the Credit Union is always such a great supporter of arts and culture in our community.”

Winning entries will be on display for public viewing in the Weyburn Arts Gallery located in Weyburn Credit Union in January and February 2019. A reception will be held in January when the art is hung to honor the competition winners. Entries will be featured in Weyburn Credit Union’s 75 anniversary edition 2019 calendar; WCU is hoping to have those available to the public in late October. WCU also plans to use artwork from the competition to have prints created for office and public areas of their branch. “Being ultra-local is something WCU prides itself on,” remarked Tana Torkelson, VP of Marketing for Weyburn Credit Union “and we walk the talk, even decorating our newly renovated branch with art from local artisans. And why wouldn’t we? We have some exceptionally talented people with a remarkably beautiful community to inspire them. This competition is just one more way we live our vision: just one more way we help make Weyburn better, brighter and stronger.”

Check out images of all the winners on our Weyburn In Focus gallery page. If you have any questions, please send us an email or phone us at 306.842.6641.

Update as of September 24:  Congratulations to Bill Allen again!  Since the initial announcement, one artist has withdrawn their entry due to the sizing constraints of fitting the artwork to the office prints and calendar.  A second (and gorgeous) photo from Bill Allen was chose to replace the withdrawn entry. Our thanks, appreciation and congratulations to Bill once again!