The Welland Rose Festival & the Visual Artists of Welland partnered to present a Youth Art Exhibition June 8th and 9th, and the annual Adult Art Exhibition June 10th to 16th.
The NEW Youth Art Exhibition provided young upcoming artists in Niagara Region the opportunity to feel what it’s like to present their artistic talents to their community, as well as see first-hand how an exhibition works, and gained a few tips in the process. The Youth competition showcased 8 artists aged 13 – 17 years old, with a total of 22 pieces and all the participating artists were very talented. The judges had a hard task but after 1.5 hours of deliberation the results were in. WINNERS: Jessica Thomas won first prize of $150 Michaels’ Gift Card; Elaine Nahli won second prize of $100 Michaels’ Gift Card; and third place Madeline Dalzell won a $75 Michaels’ Gift Card. Ethan Busch also sold a painting! Congratulations to all who entered, you should be proud of your work! We look forward to an even bigger and better Youth event in 2020.
The Adult Art Exhibition showcased 37 artists aged 18 years and older, from the Niagara Region. The Adult Show was a resounding success with over 1000 votes cast for personal choice in the artists. Our WINNERS: first prize of $1000 went to Mark Ricker; Divino Mucciante won second place - $500; and Lori Sokoloski placed third - $250. In addition, 10 pieces of art sold!
The Visual Artists of Welland would like to thank the following for their wonderful sponsorship for prizes: Peak Performers Realty (Stephen Canjar) who provided the Michaels Gift Card prizes for the youth participants; Seaway Mall for providing first prize of $1000 in the Adult Show; and the Welland Rose Festival for providing second ($500) and third ($250) prizes in the Adult Show. Also thank you to the City of Welland, TorStar (Welland Tribune and Niagara This Week), Debi Katsmar of Connecting Niagara/Niagara Prowl, all the artists, volunteers, social media shares and anyone else who helped in any way to make these shows a success. The Awards Presentations for both Youth & Adult Shows were held Sunday, June 23, at Merritt Park Amphitheatre during the Downtown Extravaganza.
If you have any questions, please contact us:
Pamela Duncan, Visual Artists of Welland: 905-327-6174 /
Deedee Alexandre, Visual Artists of Welland: 905-732-4782