Painting the Town … and Beyond

The Winners of the 35th Anniversary Art Contest

Posted on 07.07.20 – Feature, History, Lifestyles

Last winter, when we considered the best way to celebrate Frederick Magazine’s 35th anniversary, we decided on a contest in which we would ask  local artists to submit their works that illustrate their love of the city and county. It seemed appropriate and rather straightforward.

Then, pandemic hit. Once the world came to a screeching halt in late March, we had genuine concern that there would very few submissions to our art contest as the community was suddenly focused on more important matters. 

We were wrong.

Whether it was the natural artistic energy of our community or a desire to bring some sense of “normal” to the madness, we received many submissions, representing a wide range of tastes and styles—traditional and imaginative, subtle and stark, beautiful and poignant. On the following pages, you will find the winners. They were difficult to choose.

Finalist: Spring in Baker Park, by Margaret Huddy

Finalist: My Favorite Place in Frederick, by Rita Saavedra

Finalist: Looking South on Market Street, by Rebecca Pearl

Finalist: Purple House, by Gillian Grozier

Finalist: Lily of the Valley Stomata, by Cynthia Scott

Finalist: Waiting for Happy Hour, by Raymond Blowitski

Finalist: Clustered Silhouettes, by Jackie Rogers

Finalist: Someone Left Tulips, by Tess Rollins

Finalist: Jean’s View, by Paula Rubin-Wexler

Winner: Our Town, from Church Street, by Rebecca Pearl