Art in City Hall
Manchester workers, relatives show off artistic talents
"Skyline" by Lori Sweeney, the Mayor's Choice Award in the Eighth Annual National Arts Program City of Manchester Employees and Families Art Competition. (MARK HAYWARD/Union Leader)
Awards• Mayor's Choice: Lori Sweeney “Skyline”
• Governor's Choice: Samantha Pellegrini “Freedom”
• People's Choice: Jonathan Golden “Noh Mask”
Continuing Education Scholarships
Currier Scholarship: Jocelyn Ryan
NH Institute of Art Scholarship: Ann Holmes
Winners by Category
• Best In Show : Heather Vaillancourt, “Lost at Sea”
• Youth (12 & Under)
1st place ($75): Tyler Spampinato, “Old Man of the Mountain”
2nd place ($50): Kajsa Matz, “Lilacs”
3rd place ($25): Kira Spampinato, “The Great Wave”
Honorable Mention: Ryan Turner, “My GreenHouse & Bulkhead”
Catherine Ryan, “Peregrine Falcon”
• Teen (13-18)
1st place ($75): Samantha Pellegrini, “Creating Beauty”
2nd place ($50): Emily Tentas, "My Boots"
3rd place ($25): Heather Vaillancourt "Lost at Sea"
Honorable Mention: Coryn Abood, "Watching"
1st place ($300): Colby Lynch, "End of Innocence"
2nd place ($200): Kristin Conte, "Volubilis, Morocco"
3rd place ($100): Beverly Holtsberg, "Water's Edge"
Honorable Mention: Jason Davini, "Saint Gaudens"
1st place ($300): Eric Krueger, "All Steamed Up Ready to Go"
2nd place ($200): Nancy Rand, "Fern Leaves"
3rd place ($100): Charles E. Biron, "Happy Home"
Honorable Mention: Patricia Andruchuk, "The Lily Pond"
1st place ($300): Jane Grant Tentas, "Birches"
2nd place ($200): Jennifer Ryan, "Kerry Shrug"
3rd place ($100): Lori Sweeney, "Skyline"
Honorable Mention: Doreen Boissonneault, "Italian Piazza"
Those lives appear on paper with arcs and lines of color or charcoal.
They show up in a photographic image of a punked-out girl standing next to graffiti or a covered bridge spanning a river bed.
Such are the art works on display at City Hall for the rest of this month. More than 130 pieces have been submitted by city workers and their relatives. The work was judged this week, and more than $2,000 was awarded to winners, as well as two art classes.
This is the eighth year the city has put on the art competition. It is funded by a grant from the National Arts Program, which provides a $2,400 grant to be used for cash prizes. Pelmac Industries of Auburn and Members First Credit Union also made cash donations, and the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Currier Museum of Art provided scholarships.
The People's Choice Award went to Jonathan Golden, a city planner whose artistic endeavor has grown to a sideline business. He operates Handigitous Custom Artworks out of his Merrimack home, using airbrushing, lettered enamel and other mediums for custom designs on motorcycles, automobiles and helmets.
Five categories, from youth (under 12) to professional were judged. And both Mayor Ted Gatsas and Gov. Maggie Hassan had their top choices noted. Gatsas' choice is "Skyline," a multi-media, three-dimensional depiction of the Manchester skyline by Lori Sweeney. It also won third prize in the professional category.
"It's a lot more interesting when you're waiting to pay your tax bill than staring at wallpaper," she said.