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Jessica Ladd from Cookeville, Tenn., in booth 96 along Salem Avenue, exhibits her contemporary paintings at the 61st Annual Sidewalk Art Show this weekend.

A potter from Birmingham, Ala., won best in show at this weekend’s 61st annual Sidewalk Art Show in downtown Roanoke.

Jennifer Dasal, the curator of modern and contemporary art at the North Carolina Museum of Art, judged the show, which continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show is organized by the Taubman Museum of Art and sponsored by American National Bank and Trust.

Dasal selected the pottery of Leslie Smith as best in show. Smith’s fine craft pieces draw textures and patterns from textiles.

Second prize went to another fine craft artist, Kathleen Dautel, of Raleigh, N.C. Virginia Beach artist Nickolai Walko’s mixed media work took third prize.

The show’s LinDor Arts merit awards went to:

Kristin Moger of Gap, Penn., for drawing or original printmaking.

Andrea Hoak of Harrisburg, Penn., for fine crafts.

Melissa Schappell of Glen Allen for mixed media.

Jessica Ladd of Cookeville, Tenn., for painting. Ladd also won the Paul Ostaseski Memorial Award.

Joseph Dyson of Rustburg for photography.

James Barnes of Woolwine for sculpture.

Other awards included:

The Mickie Kagey Watercolor Award, to Kevin Chen of Cary, N.C.

The Allen Ingles Palmer Memorial Watercolor Award to Kate Thomas of Norfolk.

The American National Community Choice Award to sculptor Tom Lowe of Arvonia.

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Matt Chittum covers Roanoke City. A Roanoke native, he’s been at the Roanoke Times for more than two decades, having overcome an inauspicious start with a part-time clerical job.

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