MEREDITH — Marcy Yerkes grew up in South Carolina, and, 26 years after moving to Laconia, still has her charming Southern accent, which she has capitalized on by naming her business Southern Accent Designs.
But there's no language barrier when it comes to her art work.
Yerkes was a multiple winner in the Lakes Region Art Association's 73rd annual art show, which opened over the weekend at VynnArt Gallery in Meredith.
Yerkes took first place in the oil painting category with her cows in the field painting, which also won the Judges Award. And she won the Loran Percy Award for a New England Oil Landscape with her painting of Mount Washington.
She said that she was particularly pleased to have won the Percy award, noting that she has been a long-time fan of Percy's works ever since she moved to New Hampshire's Lakes Region. Percy won many Best in Show awards and other honors at the show over a 30-year period.
Yerkes, who studied at Parson's School of Design in New York City and was a freelance illustrator at Hilton Head, South Carolina, has seen her hand-painted specialty work carried in boutique shops all over the country. Her specialized painting has been featured in numerous Designer Showcase events.
She also paints murals and last summer was commissioned by Merrill Fay of Fay's Boatyard to do a Lake Winnipesaukee-themed mural at the Lakeside Family Restaurant in Gilford.
''I'm trying to get more into fine arts these days,'' said Yerkes, who says that the sense of accomplishment in completing a unique, individual painting is something that all artists crave.
The show is judged and awards were made to the following members;
Best in Show: Lorraine Gateriewictz.
Loran Percy Award for a New England Oil Landscape: Marcy Yerkes.
Acrylic Painting: 1st Place, Kazuko Okubo; 2nd Place, Elaine Morrison; 3rdPlace, Marcia Litchfield Zamzow.
Oil Painting: 1st Place, Marcy Yerkes, 2nd Place, Carole Halsey Keller, 3rdPlace, Marcia Litchfield Zamzow.
Watercolor: 1st Place, Joanne Reynolds; 2nd Place, Irene Goddu; 3rd Place, Sherry Sakemp.
Pastel: 1st Place, Tony Lancia; 2nd Place, Vynnie Hale; 3rd Place, Barbara Ganem.
Drawing: 1st Place, Marilee Sundius, 2nd Place, Marcia Haughey; 3rd Place, Vynnie Hale.
Judges Award: Marcy Yerkes.
The awards were presented at an open house Sunday. The show and sale continues through next Sunday.
Marcy Yerkes, left, of Laconia, won the Judges Award as well as the Loran Percy Award and first place in the oil painting category in the 73rd annual Lakes Region Art Association show, which is being held at the VynnArt Gallery in Meredith through next Sunday. She is shown with her winning painting and Susan Harris of Belmont, co-president of the Art Association, which held its show in Meredith for the first time ever. (Roger Amsden/for the Laconia Daily Sun)