by Taylor Picconi, Staff Writer

The Pensacola Museum of Art held a reception for their annual Members Art Show on Friday.

Members, along with their friends and family, packed the first and second floors of the museum. They enjoyed light refreshments while looking at the artwork and talking with others about their pieces. 

Nearly 70 members participated in The Members Show. They submitted works from several mediums including drawing, sculpture, painting and photography. Guests chose their favorite piece for The People’s Choice Award and Guest Awards Juror Richard McCabe chose first, second and third place, which were awarded later that evening.

“This is the most important night at the PMA,” said Vice President of the Historic Trust and Director and Chief Curator Amy Bowman-McElhone. “It lets us celebrate our members and the rich and amazing dynamic creative community in Pensacola.”

The Members Show began shortly after a group of women artists from the local chapter of the American Association of University Women transformed the former city jail into an arts and community center in 1954, which is the current location of the Pensacola Museum of Art.

Poppy Garcia’s “Not Enough Hours in the Day” won first place in the Members Art Show.

“Those women set out to create a space that promoted art through exhibition and education,” said Bowman-McElhone. “It’s our honor now to continue that legacy into the 21st century.”    McCabe thoughtfully chose each selection for the awards. McCabe is a photographer, writer and curator who is originally from the area. He is currently the curator at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. 

“When I found out that the Pensacola Museum of Art had asked me to judge the show, I called my mom to tell her about it,” said McCabe. “She asked if I would only pick photography since I’m a photographer. I love all forms of art, especially sculpting and painting, so not necessarily.”

During the reception they announced the winners to a large crowd in the Green Hut Gallery.  Adam Clark won third place for his photograph, “Johnson’s Beach Road.” Val Webb won second place and The People’s Choice Award for her piece, “Les Papillons.” Poppy Garcia won first place with his drawing, “Not Enough Hours in the Day.” 

The winners were given certificates with their name, piece and award. The museum staff and members are already planning for next year’s show.

“Without our members we cannot do what we do,” said Bowman-McElhone. “We are happy to celebrate our members.”

If anyone is interested in becoming a member of the Pensacola Museum of Art, more information can be found on their website: http://www.pensacolamuseum.org/