Congratulations to IRWP Golden Paddle and Illinois River Salon awardees
Congratulations to IRWP Golden Paddle and Illinois River Salon awardees
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2016 Golden Paddle Awards
Cliff Gibbs
Agriculture - Gibbs Ranch, Osage Creek
Cliff and Claudia Gibbs 
Anheuser Busch
Business - Anheuser Busch 
John Tomescko, NWA Team Leader 
Conservation: Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Deputy Director Darrell Bowman, Chief of Land Acquisition and Stewardship Bryan Rupar
Nabholz Construction
Construction - Nabholz Construction (center) President Greg Fogle, Rob Dodd, John Strack
John Brown University
Education - John Brown University Travis Chaney, Wade Batchelor
Government - Grand River Dam Authority
(center) Dan Sullivan, CEO; Ed Fite, Rick Stubblefield, Nathan Reese 
Voluneers of the Year
Tom and Lisa Edmiston, NWA Master Naturalists
Bootsie Ackerman
Bootsie Ackerman, District Director for Congressman Steve Womack, delivers greetings and congratulations to award recipients and guests at the 2016 Golden Paddle and Illinois River Salon Awards banquet held October 6 at Crystal Bridges Museum.
2016 Illinois River Salon Awards
Best of Show $2,500 Award  Kathryn Fisher "Autumn in Arkansas" 
First Place $1,500 Award 
Judy Howard "Surface Calm"
Second Place $1,000 Award
Catherine Mahoney "Canehill, AR"  
Honorable Mention $500 Award 
Charles Peer "Look Both Ways" 
Honorable Mention $500 Award
Duane Hada 
"Flint Creek Longear" 
W Wells Oklahoma Storm
Honorable Mention $500 Award
Michele Wells 
"Oklahoma Storm" 
Tyler Cave Springs am
Honorable Mention T. Tyler "Cave Springs 6:30 am" 
All 60 paintings in the 2016 Illinois River Salon now on display and for sale at the Windgate Art Gallery at the Watershed Learning Center.  Full catalog of paintings at
Heart of America Artist Association, John P. Lasater IV and Todd A. Williams, selected paintings into the 2016 Salon and the awards were juried by Alejo Benedetti, Curatorial Assistant, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The Salon is supported through the generosity of The Windgate Foundation.
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