Niceville artist Theresia McInnis goes to Top of Class

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 05:51 PM.

The Cultural Arts Alliance held its annual A+Art Top of the Class exhibit opening reception last Friday night and saw a first-time entry go to Top of the Class.

Niceville resident Theresia McInnis won Best in Show for her watercolors of "Bromeliads Gone Wild." This was McInnis's first time to enter the CAA's A+Art competitions and McInnis's first Best in Show win.

Juror and judge Brian Jekel from Pensacola Christian College said, “Overall I saw a show that had a real sense of creativity, design, color, and craftsmanship. I loved the diversity and thoughtfulness that went into these works.”

McInnis's piece was inspired by her visit to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden while visiting her daughter in Miami .

A retired school teacher, McInnis took up painting as a hobby when, fresh out of college, she moved to Niceville in the 1970s.

"We moved here when all there was here was sand," she said with a chuckle.

While everyone has done their obligatory paintings of the sand, beaches, and dunes, McInnis said she mostly finds her inspiration for paintings during her frequent travels.

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