Fine Art Museum announces ‘Fragile Earth’ exhibit winners

Martin DeWtt, left, director of the Fine Art Museum, stands with Malti Turnbull of Marble and her ceramic sculpture, titled "Listening to the Voice of the Earth," which DeWitt chose from all the "Fragile Earth" entries to purchase for the museum's permanent collection.

Martin DeWtt, left, director of the Fine Art Museum, stands with Malti Turnbull of Marble and her ceramicsculpture, titled “Listening to the Voice of the Earth,” which DeWitt chose from all the “Fragile Earth” entries to purchase for the museum’s permanent collection.

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University has announced winners in its exhibit “Fragile Earth: Reflections on the Environment.”

The winners are:

– Charlene Collins Haug of Waynesville, Best of Show ($500) for “Fragile Earth: Bubble People” (below, right), monoprint screenprint, 29 by 20 inches.

– Susan Martin of Cullowhee, Curator’s Award ($300) for “Cars,” archival digital print, 18 by 11 inches.

– Dave Punches of Sylva, Award of Merit ($100) for “Morning Paper Milling,” oil on panel, 11 by 8 inches.

– Peggy Wilcox of Franklin, Award of Merit ($100) for a series of five baskets, created with local and exotic natural materials and 2 inches to 7 inches tall.
“Fragile Earth: Bubble People,” a print by Charlene Collins Haug of Waynesville depicting figures in gas masks in a mountain setting, won Best of Show in WCU’s “Fragile Earth” exhibit, on display through Aug. 16.
– Denise Collins of Waynesville, $275 purchase award by the office of the dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, for “Southern Sunrise,” watercolor, 12.5 by 17 inches.

– Malti Turnbull of Marble, $550 purchase award by the Fine Art Museum for its permanent collection, for “Listening to the Voice of the Earth,” ceramic sculpture.

Fragile_Earth_Charlene_Collins_Haug_web08The “Fragile Earth” exhibit is an artistic response by regional artists, working in a variety of media, to the beauty and vulnerability of the environment. The exhibit opened Sunday, July 13, as part of the Fine and Performing Arts inaugural Summer Arts Festival, which showcased the artistic and musical talent of residents of the state’s far western counties and the Qualla Boundary. About 200 people attended the art opening, and about 300 attended an accompanying bluegrass and gospel music performance by the region’s young musicians, said Martin DeWitt, Fine Art Museum founding director.

“The high quality of works submitted by recognized area artists, as well as from emerging artists, makes for an exciting exhibit,” DeWitt said. “Fragile Earth” will remain on display at the museum through Saturday, Aug. 16.

The museum’s summer hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, excluding school holidays. For more information, contact Martin DeWitt, museum director, at (828) 227-2553 or; or Hillary Brett, assistant curator, at (828) 227-3591 or Visit the Fine Art Museum online at

Following is a list of artists whose work is included in the “Fragile Earth” exhibit:
Dave Punches, Sylva
Kelly Popoff, Sylva
Tim Lewis, Whittier
Joseph Meigs, Cullowhee
Pamela Haddock, Sylva
Suzanne Gernandt, Waynesville
William J. Clarke, Sylva
Jane Smithers, Cashiers
Christine Elder, Whittier
William and Sylvia Everett, Waynesville
Susan Martin, Cullowhee
Doreyl Ammons Cain, Tuckasegee
Amy Ammons Garza, Tuckasegee
Perry Kelly, Cullowhee
Jon Houghlum, Franklin
Malti Turnbull, Marble
Nathalie Sato, Highlands
Frank Brannon Jr., Dillsboro
Jack Stern, Tuckasegee
Lee Budahl, Cullowhee
Timothy Charles Jacobs, Webster
Scott Hotaling, Cullowhee
Amy Guthrie, Sylva
Brandon Guthrie, Dillsboro
Susan Lingg, Cullowhee
Nick Breedlove, Sylva
F.C. Etier, Maggie Valley
Jan Parker, Cullowhee
Mari M. Conneen, Waynesville
Sandy Webster, Brasstown
Frances Hudelson, Horseshoe
Peggie Wilcox, Franklin
James Smythe, Webster
Jo Ridge Kelley, Waynesville
Phyllis Jarvinen, Webster
Charlene Collins Haug, Waynesville
Denise Collins, Clyde
Carol Rollick, Franklin
Faye Holliday, Sylva