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Part-time Lake Mohawk resident and artist Chris Benavides won first place in the February Emerging Artist category from artmusecontest.com, a website that gives artists national exposure and opportunity for gallery representation.
Benavides' oil painting "Pioneer Daughter" was selected as the winning piece by juror and nationally known California landscape artist Kevin Courter.
"This piece simply tells a story that I want to know more about, and the eyes of this young pioneer girl invites us into that story. What have those eyes seen? What has been her experience as a daughter of a Pioneer? I love being invited into a story and this painting does just that," Courter stated.
Benavides received a cash reward and recognition on the website. His painting will be included in an exhibition at the Jack Meier Gallery in Houston, Texas. The painting also received the Directors' Choice Award at this year's Bay Arts Annual Juried Exhibition in Bay Village, Ohio.
Benavides is an associate member of the Oil Painter's Society of America and the Portrait Society of America.