2021 Annual Art Show

The Sanford Brush & Palette Club’s  56th Annual Art Show was held October 16th to 23rd at the Bob E. Hales Center, 147 McIver Street in Sanford.   This year’s show featured 425 pieces of art work by 59 artists in 15 different categories in the Competition Gallery (plus 383 art pieces in the Sales Gallery). 

Three judges were on the scene this year to review and select the winning pieces.  We were thrilled to welcome artists Joe & Sharon DiGiulio and Karen Lee Crenshaw to our Judging Day (yes, it takes a full day).  Joe is a professional abstract painter whose artwork reflects his use of color, line, shape and texture.  Sharon works in several different media including collage, encaustic painting, printmaking and oil/resin.  Karen specializes in portraits of women and children as well as coastal landscapes.  Together, they are an awesome trio.  Take a moment and visit their respective websites!

It has been a difficult year and we couldn’t be more grateful to our amazing members, donors and sponsors for their generous support in helping us bring this show to life! ♥

Congratulations to the 56th Annual Art Show Award Winners

Best in Show​

“Wing Commander Hersman” by Doug Rowe

Best in Show:

First Merit:

Second Merit:

 Mayor’s Choice:

President’s Choice:

Viewer’s Choice:

Peer Choice:


Best Frame:

Art Reimagined:



“Wing Commander Hersman” — Doug Rowe

“Raven Queen” — Chris Dalton

“Spreading Love During COVID-19” — J. Rhea

“Audience of One” — Gael Hogan

“Float” — Jake Brower

“Audience of One” — Gael Hogan

“Audience of One” — Gael Hogan (tie)

“Elijah at the Wadi” — Vanya Mullinax (tie)

“Madame Butterfly” — Wilma Irwin

“Lost in Alice’s Looking Glass” — C. York

“Bernie Gives Einstein a Hand” — B. Berman

“The Hatching” — Chris Dalton

to download a full list of our 56th Annual Art Show Award Winners, Patrons and Sponsors.  

Highlights of the 2021 Art Show

Many thanks to Emily Thompson and Diana King for taking these fabulous pictures at our Annual Art Show! 

Thank You to All of Our Sponsors!

Funding and services to support this year’s Art Show have been graciously provided by our sponsors.  We sincerely thank each and every one!  If you enjoyed the show, please support the organizations and businesses that helped us bring it to you!!

Camelback Brewing Company

Catherine Ann’s

Gulley’s Garden Center

Hugger Mugger Brewing Company

Millie’s Mama Bakes

Pittsboro Gallery of Art

Sandra’s Bakery


Smoothie King

Temple Theatre

The Chocolate Cellar

The Sweet Shop

Wild Dogs Brewing Company

Yarborough’s Ice Cream



Beverly Brookshire

Reggie Carde

Chris Dalton

Everett Cox

Wanda Geske

Doris Gulley

Mickey Pace

Doug & Maria Rowe

This project is supported by a grant from the Lee County Arts Council through the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Title background artwork is “Mother Nature III” by Mickey Pace