The St. Michaels Art League is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 “Celebrate St. Michaels” original banner artwork show. This is the artwork used to create the banners that are currently being displayed on the town’s utility poles.
The banner art was judged by Laura Era, artist and owner of the Troika Gallery in Easton, Md. Troika Gallery specializes in fine, classically based original art, portrait commissions and custom framing. For more information about current artists featured at Troika Gallery visit troikagallery.com.
First Place awards are given in the categories of Artistic Merit and Graphic Design. First place in the category of Artistic Merit was awarded to Rhonda Ford for her oil painting titled “Hope Grows.’ First Place for Graphic Design went to Kevin Snelling for his watercolor titled “Bay Hundred.” In addition, Honorable Mentions went to Joan Cranor for her watercolor “Crow Brothers II,” Deborah McFarlin for her watercolor “On the Prowl,” Sherry Smith for her watercolor “Heart and Soul,” George Sass for his photograph “Sunset Cruise on the Miles,” Naomi Clark-Turner for her watercolor “A Good Catch,” and to Jan Perdue for her watercolor “Pull Him Up.”
The banner artwork will be displayed during May and June at the Blue Crab Coffee Shop at 102 S. Fremont St. in St. Michaels during their regular business hours, 7am-4pm every day. The Blue Crab is a popular local café that serves baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and lunch in addition to freshly brewed coffee, local beer and seasonal wine. Indoor and outdoor seating in the rear is available.
Original 18 x 18 framed banner artwork is for sale. Due to the number of paintings, half of the banners will be displayed in the month of May and the remaining banners in June. To view all the banner artwork online or find out more about the St. Michaels Art League visit smartleague.org.
This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenue provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.