Carol Cull has shown her “Cactus Pears” painting before, but she took home the Blue Ribbon Sunday in the first Midlothian Conference Center Art Show.

Cull was one of 32 artists from around the area to enter 88 pieces of art in the weekend event. The community’s three-day art show was deemed a modest success.

“I love that piece and I’m very pleased it took first place,” said Cull. “This venue and show is really nice and there is a quaintness to it - it’s small and you get to see everything and meet the artists.”

Cull took first place in the Amateur Division with the pastel work depicting Texas prickly pear cactus uniquely colored and tinted.

Cull said she also works in oil and watercolor.

“I love it all and will work with anything and everything,” said Cull. “I even weld and grind art in my shop. Learning how to work a medium is half the fun and I just do what I like.”

The Midlothian Conference Center Art Show was divided into Advanced and Amateur divisions.

Winners in Advanced were:

1st: Linda Shindler.

2nd: Ramona Murphy.

3rd: Bill Gathing.

Honorable Mention: Judy Birch.

Shindler also took Best-Of-Show.

Winners in Amateur were:

1st: Carole Cull.

2nd: David Peck.

3rd: David Daugherty.

Honorable Mention: Ruby Murphy.

“We had artists from Red Oak, Waxahachie, DeSoto and Cedar Hill and Midlothian,” said Mary Rustin, art show coordinator. “This was a good first show and we were pleased with both the turnout and the quality of the work. This is definitely something we can build on.”

The art show opened at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday and the show culminated with winners handed ribbons and a cash prize Sunday afternoon.

“We didn’t pack them in, but we had a steady stream of people coming by all weekend to see the art,” said Rustin. “Everyone seemed to enjoy this, there were no hitches and we’ll do this again.”

There was a $5 entry fee per painting and artists were limited to five entries per person. Work could be no larger than 44-inches and had to be framed and wired for hanging. Oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, colored pencil, pen, ink and mixed media were accepted.

For details about the Midlothian Conference Center’s next show please call (972) 723-7919.