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Local artist wins award in national contest

Paul Keysar’s oil painting, “Loading Docks,” won the Allied Artists of America award at a national contest in Youngstown, Ohio.
Paul Keysar’s oil painting, “Loading Docks,” won the Allied Artists of America award at a national contest in Youngstown, Ohio. Courtesy of Paul Keysar.

Charlotte artist Paul Keysar recently won an award in a national contest in Youngstown, Ohio.

Keysar was the sole North Carolinian of 85 artists featured in the 79th Annual Midyear Juried show at the Butler Institute of American Art. Artist Bob Godfrey judged the show, choosing to display 95 of 794 pieces submitted by 240 different artists.

Keysar’s oil painting, “Loading Docks,” received $200 for the Allied Artists of America award, which was one of two special prizes the show awarded in addition to first, second and third place and 12 honorable mentions.

“I am often moved by the decay of what was once a thriving industry in America,” Keysar said in a release from the museum. The docks in his painting are located near his studio in Concord. “Driving by locations like this, I imagine what it may have been like and feel called to preserve the scene in paint before it is gone forever.”

“Loading Docks” is part of Keysar’s “Night” series featuring scenes from North Carolina’s Piedmont. Works from the series will be displayed this winter in Greenhill’s 2015 Winter Show in Greensboro.

Three of Keysar’s pieces are currently on display in the juried show at Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury until Sept. 12.

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