Artists, sculptors and art lovers congregated Saturday for the Texas Spirit National Art Competition and Show, the year's biggest art event in Graham.

The reception and awards ceremony at the Old Post Office Museum and Art Center drew the largest crowd and participating artists since the show began in 2011.

A total of 89 artists entered with 214 pieces of art. Sixty of those artists were represented with 91 pieces of juried art.

This year's judge, Mark Stewart of Houston, thanked all who entered the show. Winners included:
Diana De Santis of Whitestone, N.Y., who won the Rotary Club of Graham Best of Show Award; William Schneider of Illinois, who won the Marjorie Kirtley Award of Merit; Jordan Grimes of Denton, who won the First National Bank of Graham Award .
Jordan Grimes of Denton won first place or the First National Bank of Graham Award for the sculpture,  Within the Undergrowth,  at the Texas Spirit
Jordan Grimes of Denton won first place or the First National Bank of Graham Award for the sculpture, Within the Undergrowth, at the Texas Spirit National Art Competition and Show. (By Gay Storms)
.. (Read more in the Wednesday, June 26 edition of The Graham Leader.