Publicity Contest Winners for 2017
First Place: Michael Vermette / "Gull Rock - Monhegan"
First Runner-up: Mary Mraz / "Cup"
Second Runner-up: Middy Thomas / "Drying Off"
Yes, we will again auction the three Publicity Contest Winners at our Art Exhibit & Sale.
OLD TOWN ARTIST MICHAEL VERMETTE WINNER OF THE 10th ANNUAL 10x10 ART EXHIBIT & SALE PUBLICITY CONTEST
Brunswick, ME, July 18, 2017 – Old Town artist Michael Vermette’s “Gull Rock – Monhegan”, an oil painting on board, has been chosen as the winner of this year’s 10th annual 10x10 Art Exhibit and Sale publicity contest. Mr. Vermette’s piece will be used in all 10x10 publications, including event posters, postcards, and programs. This piece, along with the publicity contest runners up and several other works of art, will be part of a special silent auction at the 10x10.
First Place: “Gull Rock – Monhegan” by Michael Vermette.
Gull Rock - Monhegan, a plein air study, is quintessential Maine. It embodies the light and character of Maine’s rugged coast.
Of his work Mr. Vermette explained that he spent several hours on location to try and capture the beautiful sense of fog and light. He painted Gull Rock from the vantage point of Boar’s Head, a location made famous by Edward Hopper.
Mr. Vermette is a graduate of Brunswick High School, the Maine College of Art, and the University of Maine. As a child Mr. Vermette struggled with dyslexia and mused that were it not for art he likely would not have gone on in school. When he got into the Maine College of Art he thought he had “died and gone to heaven”, thrilled to be in an environment where he could learn all of his core subjects through the prism of art.
He is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society and recently won the Marilyn Sabin award at their Regional Juried Exhibition of 2017.
First Runner Up: Mary Mraz’s “Cup"
Ms. Mraz took up painting ten years ago; by trade she is a nurse practioner. The 10th Annual 10x10 Art Exhibit and Sale will mark the first public display of Ms. Mraz’s work. While she is pleased to have worked through some of the “fear of painting,” she notes that she would have loved a program like Arts Are Elementary when she was a child, as this sort of early exposure to different art forms “opens up whole other visions.”
Second Runner-Up: Middy Thomas’s, “Drying Off”
Ms. Thomas, a long-time participant in the 10x10, says she works in almost any medium and subject matter, having made a career as a freelance artist.
“Drying Off” came about because people on the beach struck her as funny.
She teaches painting at her studio in Brunswick.
2016 Publicity Contest Winners
Local artist Jillian Herrigel’s “Picket Fence,” an oil painting on canvas, was chosen as the top winner of the 2016 Publicity Contest.
Finalists were Paula Berleson’s “Ship Shapes” and Patricia Norzow’s “Summer Hay.”
Ms. Herrigel’s piece was used in all 2016 publications, including posters, postcards, programs, press releases and advertising.
All three 2016 contest winners were part of a silent auction on the evening of the event.
First Prize: Jillian Herrigal "Picket Fence"
Picket Fence is quintessential Maine, embodying the light and character of Maine's coastal villages. Of her work Ms. Herrigel says, “I find the act of painting, drawing or creating . . . an intuitive process. Often the completed work is far different from the original idea, as natural associations in the act of creation allow for unexpected concepts and surprising representations to emerge. If I had to describe my work in two words it is imaginative realism.”
Ms. Herrigel was born in Surrey England, grew up in Virginia and New Jersey, earned a degree in art history and a masters degree in fine art education and taught art for many years. She moved to Maine in 2006 and became a full time artist.
More of Ms. Herrigel’s work can be viewed at Centre St. Arts in Bath, the East Village Gallery in West Point, Phippsburg, on her website jillianherrigel.com and on Facebook (JillianHerrigelMaine).
These 3 prizewinners were auctioned last year, as will the 2017 Publicity Contest winners. Look for them here later in the summer and then come and bid on them at the Event!
Finalist: Paula Burleson "Ship Shapes"
Of Paula Burleson’s splendid oil painting Ship Shapes, the artist says she was intrigued by the challenge of communicating through color, texture and pattern, tracing the essence of her subject, the anticipation and tension of the composition.
More of her work can be seen at paulaburlesonart.com.
Finalist: Patricia Norzow, " Summer Hay"
Ms. Norzow was the People’s Choice winner at the 2016 Joy of Art event, an annual juried event in Topsham. She is a University of Maine graduate and a regular contributor to the local art scene.
These 3 prizewinners were auctioned last year, as will the 2017 Publicity Contest winners. Look for this year's top three here later in the summer and then come and bid on them at the Event!