And the People’s Choice Award Goes to…


The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County (CAC) presents a bittersweet goodbye to another terrific National Juried Arts Show (NJAS) exhibit. We don’t want to see the artwork leave, but we are excited to announce the final recipient of the last prize. A long line of talented artists (five of them winners) will forever remember the evening of September 2 when the CAC celebrated the arts with the NJAS opening reception.

This year, the CAC not only arrived at 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and honorable mention with the expertise of three credible judges, but we also went to the community for one last prize! Throughout the month of September, visitors came to view the exhibit to vote on their favorite artwork (one vote per guest) so that one more artist would be announced for the People’s Choice award. And without further ado, the CAC proudly announces the winner of the NJAS 2021 People’s Choice Award – Carlos Anduze for “City Lights.” The prize piece is a contemporary mixed media work with a horizon of textural golds and blues. The title implies an abstract scene of distant lights. The votes come as no surprise after the large artwork was a star of the show, with many guests at the opening reception posing in front of the work.

The annual National Juried Arts Show 2021 (NJAS) sees talents from multiple states represented, along with an amazing collection of styles in multiple art forms. Another giant “Thank You” to Miller Architecture and Planning for sponsoring this year’s fabulous show. Taking 1st place was Laura Smith for “Carrollton Train Depot;” 2nd place went to E. Richard Clark for “Blocks” from his Quiltmaker series; rEN Dillard took 3rd place for “Gone Again;” Honorable Mention went to Nancy Long for “Horse Race Study II.” The Douglas County Art Guild presented the Mary Ann Carney Award to Nancy Long as well, for her paint-work in “With Lemons, Please!”

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The mission of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County is to nurture, guide and stimulate the enjoyment of and participation in the arts among Douglas County residents by providing an atmosphere conducive to the arts, broadening the spectrum of quality exhibits and performances available to the community, and fostering individual interactions with the arts through a wide range of satellite groups. The Cultural Arts Council is supported in part by the City of Douglasville and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners