Ford Wins Cash Award

Watering Hole © Ford
The Watering Hole © Laurie Ford

RMOWP member Laurie Ford, from Glenwood, New Mexico, was awarded Best of Show in the Grant County Art Guild’s 33rd annual purchase prize contest. The contest, with the theme “The Enduring West,” was open to all New Mexico artists, and the 44 entries included a variety of mediums ranging from oil paintings and acrylics to watercolors and drawings.

For the first time in its history, the contest last fall was also open to photographers, and Ford won Best of Show for “The Watering Hole,” her photograph of wild horses in the Sand Wash Basin in northwest Colorado.

Awards and cash prizes were presented in each category, with the top prize of $1,500 going to Ford for Best of Show. An exhibit of the entries, which were all for sale, was held at the historic Hearst Church in Pinos Altos, New Mexico, just north of Silver City.

The Grant County Art Guild, established in 1968, sponsors several shows a year, including art by area students, and provides grants to local art teachers. See