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Art exhibit open at Charlton Park

Karen Skedgell-Ghiban won first place in this year's juried art exhibition. (Photo provided)

A juried art exhibition co-hosted by Historic Charlton Park and the Thornapple Arts Council is now open to the public in the Irving D. Charlton Memorial Museum at the park.

The fifth annual Barry County Artists Exhibition, which will continue through Dec. 15,  features a range of art, including paintings, glass, sculpture and photography.

“What wonderful pieces we have for our fifth year of the exhibition,” Thornapple Arts Council Program Director Kathleen Welch said. “There is tremendous talent in Barry County, and we look forward every year to helping showcase it.

“We really encourage everyone to make the trip out to Charlton Park to take a look.”

The first-place award went to Karen Skedgell-Ghiban for her mixed-media piece “Rudolph Valentino in Blood & Sand.”

Skedgell-Ghiban, from Nashville, won first place in this exhibition last year with a graphite pencil drawing of a silent film era star.

Skedgell said she has been drawing since she was a child, her favorite subjects being animals, unicorns and dinosaurs. In high school, she began drawing cartoon and comic book characters.

“I wasn't very good at all,” Skedgell-Ghiban told The Reminder in a story about her award in 2018. “But with time, practice and reading from how-to books, I got better with drawing people.”

She said she also dabbled in oil paints, colored pencil and ink.

She is the artist who sketched the old mill in Nashville for the Nashville Historical Society, for which she serves as vice president. 

Other prizes were awarded to Lane Cooper, Jana Thomas, and Lindsay Meeker. Honorable mentions included Jennifer Blough and Karen Heath.

This year, Kimberly Gill of the Flat River Gallery in Lowell served as the juror.

For more information about the exhibition, visit, call 269-945-3775, or email

Historic Charlton Park is located between Hastings and Nashville at 2545 S. Charlton Park Road.

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