Thirty eight talented artists from five states and the District of Columbia painted their hearts out from September 20 – 23 in downtown historic Berlin and surrounding areas and competed for very attractive cash prizes in the Worcester County Arts Council’s annual plein air event.
Completed artwork in this competition was judged by accomplished local artist, Kirk McBride.
First place and a $1,000 prize was awarded to Mateus Costa from Cheltenham, PA for his oil painting titled “St. Paul’s Church”.
Second place and $500 award went to Alison Leigh Menke of Silver Spring, MD for “Fiddler’s Jam”, oil painting, and third prize of $250 went to Christopher Best of Crownsville, MD for his oil painting, “Morning Bloom”.
Honorable mention award of $100 was given to Middletown, DE resident, Diane Joy Laird for her pen, ink and watercolor painting, “Hotel Atlantic”.
Maryland Legislators Choice, Artists Choice, and the WCAC Board of Directors Choice awards, each in the amount of $100, were presented to Mateus Costa for “St. Paul’s Church”.
Large selection of paintings created during “Paint Berlin” remain on public display at the Worcester County Arts Council’s Gallery until the end of October. All artwork on the exhibit is available for sale.
The Worcester County Arts Council is grateful for the support of their sponsors: the Town of Berlin, Joan W. Jenkins Foundation, the Salt Water Media, and many volunteers who contributed to the success of this event.
Attached Images: Paint Berlin 2017 Winners – pictured from left to right: Alison Leigh Menke, Mateus Costa, Kirk McBride, Diane Joy Laird, Mary Beth Carozza, and Christopher Best.
1st Place Winner Mateus Costa: “St. Paul’s Church”.