Rangeley Logging Museum announces art contest winners
RANGELEY - The winners of the second annual Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum Student Art Contest were recently announced. The RLRLM Art Contest was made part of the curriculum under the keen eye of the RLRS upper school art instructor, Sonja Johnson, for the second year in a row. This project has offered the RLRS students an opportunity to research the logging industry in their community and connect them to their families and neighbors in a new and historical way.
Twenty students from Johnson’s classes made entries which were judged during the Friday evening program at the Logging Festival at the end of July. As the Museum and the school explored ways in which to increase our mutual involvement for the benefit of the students this contest was first introduce two years ago. Its success is evident in the increased number of entries and the excellent quality of the artwork. Of the 20 contest entries all three winners were freshmen. Perhaps one of the incentives that spurred the students on to great achievement was the $100 cash prize from the Rangeley Logging Museum. But, no doubt, the other is the phenomenal talent and leadership of their art instructor, Sonja Johnson.
First-place winner Seve Deery-DeRaps' entry was an acrylic painting depicting two men using a cross cut saw to do their work. It was a relief piece which she employed to give additional depth to the forest.
Second-place winner, according to judges Harry and Mary Ellen Simon who own and operate Simon Gallery in Morristown, NJ, was student Rachael Weaver whose art was a pastel drawing of a draft horse hauling a load of logs.
In third-place RLRS student Elijah Hall whose work depicts two of his father's logging trucks was done in scratchboard.
All 20 of the fantastic entries were displayed at the Rangeley Logging Museum from the Logging Festival in July through Labor Day where hundreds of visitors were able to view the work of Rangeley’s talented art students.
The third annual contest is already in the works with a possibility of an expansion for a photo contest as well. Johnson says, “I am available to help any young person from the community, especially summer visitors who would like to enter but might need technical assistance and or help with materials.”
The 2013 RLRLM Art Contest entries will be on display and judged on Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Church of the Good Shepherd as part of the Logging Festival’s Friday Night events that also include the Little Miss & Mr. Woodchip Talent Contest and the 2013 Loggers’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Artworks will remain on display through the summer of 2013 at the Rangeley Logging Museum.