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Favorite Local Visual Artist

1st Place: Steve Immerman
2nd Place: Laurie Bieze
3rd Place: Steve Bateman

After placing third in this category last year, Steve Immerman of Clearwater Glass Studio has secured the No. 1 spot. It’s no wonder, either, considering the breathtaking beauty of his glass creations. Coming in second place is veteran stained-glass artist and sculptor Laurie Bieze, who is no stranger to the top positions in this category: She has won twice and has placed in the top three almost every year Volume One has had a Best Of poll. At No. 3 is Steve Bateman, who is back on the list for the first time since 2009. Many know Bateman as the sculptor responsible for creating the (now sadly vandalized) Garbage Goose at Banbury Place, the fish on Water Street, as well as award-winning snow sculptures. –Dustin Hahn