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March 20, 2014

Museum showing Paul Laune entries

Woodward, Okla. — The winning entries in the 34th annual Paul Laune Art Competition are currently on display at the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum.

The competition is open to high school students attending schools within a 200 mile radius of Woodward. Three entries are permitted per student, with a limit of 35 from a school.

"Paul Laune was an artist, a western cowboy artist from Woodward who actually painted several murals in the entrance to the museum," Museum Director Rob Roberson said. "Each year we hold the high school art competition in honor of him."

Roberson said a record 402 entries from 14 area schools were submitted this year. Judge was Joe London, art professor from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Prizes were awarded for first, second and third place winners in each of 8 categories.

The top prize, Best of Show, was awarded to Mooreland's Kiana Prather for her category 3 (pencil or charcoal) drawing, "A Friend."

The Spirit Award, Roberson said, went to an entry with a western them and the winner was Shania Shoonmaker of Canton for a watercolor entry, "Colorful Western Wear."

First place in each category were:

1, Painting - Kiana Prather, Mooreland

2, Watercolor - Brooke Kephart, Canton

3, Pencil or charcoal drawing - Kiana Prather, Mooreland

4, Ink drawing (black and white), Aspen Rutledge, Woodward

5, Colored drawing, Gunner Lowery, Woodward

6, Three-dimensional - Jared Shaw, Kelton, Texas

7, Photography - Kiana Prather, Mooreland

8, Miscellaneous - Brooke Kephart, Canton

An awards ceremony is set on March 27 with presentations made by the Woodward Artisans League and art supporter Bruce Benbrook.

Laune was born in Woodward in 1899 and died in 1977. According to an article he wrote for the 1964 Autumn edition of Oklahoma Today, Laune's parents were homesteaders and friends with Temple Houston.

He painted primarily western art, but also did book illustrations including some for the Hardy Boys Mystery Series. He authored 3 books, "The Thirsty Pony," "The Mustang Roundup," and "America's Quarterhorses."

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