Festival Banner Winners Announced
The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts announced award winners in its 44th Banner Competition on Tuesday, July 6. First place, second place and an honorable mention were awarded to each of the entry classes: professional, general, and youth. Entries are judged based on originality, craftsmanship, creativity, durability, and overall design.
In the professional class, first place was won by Joanie Eyster of State College, for Jester de los Piccaso. The top prize in the professional class is $200. Ginny Cooper of Ocean View, NJ, was awarded second place for Bargello Rhythms. Honorable mention went to Cathleen Bradley and Dorothy Habecker of State College, for their banner Thursday.
In the general class, first place was awarded to Donna Queeny of State College for Bubbling Up. The top prize in the general category is $150. Second place was awarded to Cassidy Charles of Rockaway, NJ, for Below? Look North. Honorable mention was awarded to Lynne Heritage of Bellefonte for Happy Volley.
In the youth division, first place went to the Centre Learning Community Charter School in State College, Elana and Kyle’s Team, for their banner Create. The top prize in the youth category is $100. Second place went to Anna Pearl Belinda of State College, for In Honor of Henry. Honorable mention went to Ruthie Strauss, Jenny Groff and Emily Goodall of State College for Pure Jeanius.
The competition jurors included Barb Hunziker, from Bellefonte, a textile artist specializing in knitting; Laura Millard a textile artist who learned quilting, knitting, crocheting and weaving at a young age; and Maggie McConnell of State College, the first junior judge in the competition’s history, brought a new perspective to the judging process this year.
Maura McConnell, the chair of the banner exhibition, is fiber artist living in State College. She said about the competition this year: “We are thrilled with the wonderful response to the banner competition this year, having more banners contributed than in several years past. Our entrants were varied, from youth to professional artists to casual artists treating us to many different mediums and techniques. Collectively joining our past contributors, they provide a colorful canopy swaying above the festival route.” Maura has volunteered with the Festival and at First Night® State College, leading children’s art and craft workshops.
Each year the competition entries join previous years’ banners in hanging above the Festival Route on Allen Street. About 100 banners are hung each year, and the collection continues to grow in variety as new artists enter their creations.