Tonganoxie artist honored at Kansas Public Radio show
The news came as a slight surprise to Jodi Bowersox.
The Tonganoxie resident, who also is an artist, recently was at the Kansas Public Radio building on the Kansas University campus for a reception honoring artists selected for the inaugural KPR listener art show.
Bowersox was one of those KPR listeners whose artwork was selected for the show.
At one point during the reception, Bowersox left the crowded room where the event was and ventured outside for some fresh air.
When she returned, she found out that her name had been called. Her artwork was recognized as best in show.
"I missed the whole thing of the announcement," Bowersox said.
Bowersox's prize-winner was a watercolor of a baby elephant.
She actually has a business called Pet Portraits in which she creates watercolor artwork of pets for their owners. She was asked to expand her craft to include wild animals, and the elephant was one of those works.
Her work was selected as the top piece among entries of various mediums, from photography to three-dimensional.
Bowersox's work, as well as other KPR contest entries, will be on display throughout November at the KPR building at 1102 W. 11th St. on the KU campus in Lawrence.
She suggests that people wanting to view the artwork call ahead, as they are on display in tight quarters at a conference room in the building.
For more information about seeing the artwork, contact KPR at (785) 864-4530 or toll free at (888) 577-5268.
Bowersox also is a published author and illustrator. Her children's book, "A Tale of Two Kitties," was published in the spring of 2006. It is available on amazon. com.
Proceeds from book sales got to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
If searching by author for the book, Bowersox's pen name is J.B. Stockings.
Leavenworth's Everett Ward also had artwork selected for the KPR contest.