The Ink People’s Maskibition opening reception and awards ceremony on Oct. 6 had sixty-three masks to choose from that were entered in the exhibition on display at the Brenda Tuxford Gallery at the Ink Annex, 47 B West 3rd St. in Eureka for the month of October.

Michael Fields of Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater in Blue Lake served as judge for the annual competition of handmade masks.

The best of show award and $300 check went to Scott Hemphill for his gigantic mask, “Rhino Dude;” the best art mask award and a $150 check went to Sue Morse for her mask, “Many Feathers;” and “Wolf” by Tony Fuemueller was selected as the best performance mask with a $150 check prize.

Honorable mention certificates were given to Lindsey Zimmerman for “Lost Siren,” Linda Medoff for “All My Relations,” Lillian Mabon for “Heart Broken,” Ruth Macchiarini for “The Junque Sisters Waiting to Perform,” Sharon Nelson for “Mornings at the Beach,” Lori Fitzgerald for “Deer Skull,” and Donvieve for “Shaman of Agate Beach.”

The exhibition also includes a display of 37 masks made by students in the Ink People Dream Maker program, Imagine That, a youth arts project taught by Susan Cooper.

The cash awards were sponsored by Dell’Arte, American Hydroponics, and Mythic Faces Mask Arts. Sun Valley Floral Farms donated flowers for the Arts Alive! reception.

Maskibition began in 1986 as a celebration of the ancient art of the mask and as a festive way to blend the art of performance masks and conceptual masks in a competition and exhibition.

The gallery, located between A St. and Commercial St., will be open during October on Tuesdays and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m.

photo captions:

1. Rhino Dude by Scott Hemphill

2. Many Feathers by Sue Morse

3. Wolf by Tony Fuemueller