by nathan oster
More than 150 people cast votes for people’s choice in Friday’s annual Art in the Dark exhibit at the Historic Hotel Greybull.
In the end, the winner was entry by Cesar Garay, titled “The Nameless,” which showed a girl in black with a cone head lying flat on a bed.
In describing the piece, Garay said, “As a kid I always had what anybody else would consider nightmares, but to me there were not. It was such a consistent thing for me to dream of strange things that it became normal.
“Pitch black figures were always coming to me in these dreams. Faceless people clothed in nothing but dark colors with skin of solid black. I don’t remember ever fearing these strange figures in my dreams, nor did I ever know what they were. I combined my interests in Middle and Victorian ages with past dreams. Music is an important part of my life and also played a role in this piece to give it a realistic, eerie feel.”
Second place went to the Payton Gonzalez entry, which showed a torso on a table that was inspired by the old Gatorade commercials in which people sweat colored Gatorade. On top of that, Gonzalez added a lot of his own personal interests — basketball, welding, automotive — to his finished piece.
Third place went to Shanae Cummings, whose table with a horse image was positioned at the top of the hotel stairs throughout Friday night’s show.
“I was excited to continue this tradition within the GHS visual arts program that Karyne Dunbar began years ago,” said Teresa Boyer, the art teacher at GHS. “Students came into class last fall telling me about their Art in the Dark project ideas and couldn’t wait to get started.”
She offered thanks to Myles Foley and Lori Davis — owners of the hotel — as well as to GHS band teacher Michael Jaycox and his students for providing music for the show.
“It was wonderful to see the community come out to support our students,” she said. In all, about 50 works were on display at the hotel Friday night.
The next big event on the art calendar is the dual art show with Big Horn County School District No. 4, which has been scheduled for April 11 at Shell Hall.