Keri Dodds won best of show with her painting that uses India ink instead of watercolors. She says they are less forgiving and require more planning, but cause more spontaneity.
"Brave Girl" is a piercing image of a woman and a bird. Keri says her friend served as a model, but the painting is about herself going through hard times...but looking wide-eyed into future.
She said she kept noticing dead crows, so she used the dead bird of death to symbolize a new beginning and putting the past behind her.
Keri lives in Waverly, and is the art teacher for Kindergarten through 6th grade at Western Elementary.