The Petoskey area artist won gold at the Mackinac State Historic Parks juried exhibition

Kelly What

MACKINAC ISLAND – Mackinac State Historic Parks recently announced the winners of its 2022 juried art exhibition with local Petoskey getting the best of the show.

The exhibit – titled “Mackinac Journeys” – provided an opportunity for submitting artists to explore the idea of ​​traveling to Mackinac Island. A statement on the organization’s website reads “… from lifelong residents to novice to first time, the journey to, around, and from Mackinac has always been unforgettable.”

“We’re excited to hear I won and it’s just one of those things that happened and was super emotional but exciting,” said Petoskey area artist and juried exhibition winner Kelly Heck.

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Heck, an artist who explored many different mediums, including painting and digital art, submitted her piece “The DMC” which she painted for her mother. The piece is surrounded by nautical flags and tells the story of the travels of him and his friends to the island over the years.

“It’s really about them and their experiences,” she said. “Almost every summer I spend there on the island and it has a very special place in my heart because my family really has a strong connection to it.”

Kelly Heck’s medal -winning painting already

Heck, along with the gold medal, will win a cash prize and will be added to a list of gold medal winners displayed inside the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum on the island.

Trish Morgan was named second place on her piece “Departure Blues” and Raymond Gaynor with her piece “Morning Cometh II” took third. The juried exhibition also has three honorable mentions, including pieces submitted by Cherie Correll, Tom Lewand and Catherine McClung.