by VIVA Gallery in Viroqua, the People’s Choice Award includes a ribbon, a $100 stipend, and an invitation for a feature exhibit at the gallery.
Another competitive award, Best of Show, selected by judges who included a gallery owner, a fine arts professor and a professional artist, went to Amy Arnold and Kelsey Sauber-Olds of Viroqua. They collaborate on human and animal wood sculptures that are imaginative, colorful and clever. Sponsored by J Gallery Interior Design Studio in La Crosse, the Best of Show award includes a ribbon and a cash prize of $500. State Street Gallery, also in La Crosse, sponsors two $100 Merit Awards, which went this year to Amy and Matt Palmer for their upcycled steampunk jewelry and to John Craig for his collage work, including the always-popular “Lost Treasures of the Driftless” series.