Union’s Carmen Jeter takes top prize at the UCAC awards reception

Harold Senn For The Union Daily Times

September 29, 2013

UNION — Union’s own Carmen Jeter was the big winner at the Union County Arts Council’s 2013 Juried Art Show awards reception held recently on the USC-Union campus.

Jeter’s painting “The Shack” took home the Bill McCall People’s Choice award of $500 donated by Mrs. Eleanora Richardson. She also scored another win when her painting “OKI” netted the Frank Hart Allstate Insurance Company award of $250. The People’s Choice award is given based on the popular votes cast by those attending the reception.

Jeter, who had never entered a contest before the UCAC show, certainly let her feelings about the win be known.

“I pretty much just screamed,” she said. “I was blown away! I couldn’t believe my ears!”

“The Bill McCall People’s Choice award is always fun because it involves everyone at the reception in the choosing of the winner,” said UCAC President Bennie Giles. “Our Juried Art Show reception has continued to become one of the most well attended events in Union.”

The more than 150 people on hand for the reception saw the night’s second multiple award winner, Todd Baxter from Tega Cay, S.C., win two awards of his own. Baxter’s two pieces, “Captain Tony” and “Purple Hat,” won the $250 Union Family Pharmacy and the $750 Arthur State Bank awards, respectively.

The UCAC awarded nearly $4,000 in cash prizes in nine different awards. The remaining prizes went to Dwight Rose for “Prince Edward Isle” (United Wood Treating Award of $100), “Endless Marsh” by Lee A. Monts ($250 Wallace Thomson Hospital Award), Helen Hutson’s “The Guardian” (the Switzer Family’s Award of $300), “Mary Sunshine” by Lynn Schilling (the Mrs. W.J. Whitener Award of $500) and Deborah Tidwell-Holtzscheiter’s “Pregnant at 42” (the $500 Timken Tyger River Plant Award).

“We certainly do appreciate everyone who comes out to mingle and cast their votes,” continued Giles. “And we can’t forget the sponsors who donate the award money. Without them this event wouldn’t be possible. We also have to thank USC-Union for hosting our reception each year and Gwinn’s Florist for providing the beautiful centerpiece for our table.

“And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention all of our volunteers who help prepare food and do the setup and breakdown,” she said. “As the saying goes, ‘it takes a village.’ That certainly applies here.”