Russell Yerkes of Tarboro took top honors for his watercolor paintings as Best in Show at the New World Festival of the Arts, held along the Manteo waterfront Aug. 15 and 16. ‘It is always humbling to be rewarded for the work we as artists create,’ said Yerkes. ‘Judging is discretionary in selecting the award winners when there are so many talented artists exhibiting in this wonderful arts festival.

Showing and selling art is my primary goal when exhibiting, but I always enjoy meeting new artists and networking with those I have not seen for years. The crowds at New World were fantastic! Receiving the Best in Show award is a surprise and I am so thankful.’

Second Place went to Barbara and Rick Umbel from Indian Harbour Beach, FL for their unique jewelry, and Timothy Moran and Janet Gaddy from Browns Summit took third place for their ceramics.

Honorable Mentions were Pete Lewando from Avon, photography; Kathy Wooldridge from Newport News, VA, glass; Ed Obermeyer from Virginia Beach, VA, acrylic; and Amanda Holden from Beaufort, NC, watercolor.

Yerkes is shown with festival organizers Erin Johnson and Louise Sanderlin.

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