Workowski of Viola. Their company, The Nature of Things, perfectly describes their art, as they create beautiful home furnishings from natural materials such as wood and bark. Sponsored 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.