The walls of Northwest Florida State College's South Walton campus is again the host site for the Cultural Arts Alliance's A+ Art Top of the Class juried art show.

Hung this week, the exhibit's opening reception will be Oct. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.

During the reception, the recipient of the Best in Show award will be announced. That artist will receive a cash award of $500 and the opportunity to do a solo show at the college next year.

Also announced that evening will be the three Award of Merit recipients. These artists will be awarded $250.

Two artists will receive $100 for earning Honorable Mentions for their work.

These six winners' work was selected out of the 27 pieces of artwork that were juried into the show.

Serving as juror for the event was 621 Gallery director Cynthia Hollis of Tallahassee. Miffie Hollyday, co-chair of the event, formerly worked with Hollis in Tallahassee.

"She is highly qualified and highly respected in her field," said Hollyday of Hollis. "She has highly rated credentials, experience, and an excellent reputation."

Joan Vienot, Hollyday's co-chair, said the A+ Art committee's mission is to promote members of the Cultural Arts Alliance and membership in the alliance is required to exhibit or be juried into the shows at the college.

Vienot said as yet, only the A+ Art committee members know who the six winners are, and the artists will find out when the announcement is made at the Oct. 19 reception.

In addition to Vienot and Hollyday, local artists Betty Cork, Susan Lucas, Robin Wiesneth, Charlotte Arnold, Lauren Carvalho, Julie Terrell, and Helen Roos serve on the committee.

"All the artists were very deserving and Cynthia had a difficult time narrowing down the winners. She did an excellent job and chose several styles," said Vienot. "We did this last year and it was a huge success, and we decided to make the juried show an annual event."

The exhibit will hang until Dec. 7.