ABOVE: Winning Banners, "Sunset on the Lake" by Matt Hyland (left), "Donnelly House"by Cathy Shoemaker (center), Sunset by Christine Smith (right)
Drum roll, please. The City of Mount Dora announced three winners of a creative banner design contest that concluded in October. 94 entries were submitted by 46 artists.
The City issued a “Call to Artists” in August for banner designs with artwork that illustrated what made Mount Dora “Someplace Special,” the city’s slogan. The three winning designs of differing artistic styles will be displayed on decorative light poles throughout the city. Each winner also receives an $800 cash prize.
Matt Hyland of Mount Dora – “Sunset on the Lake” Cathy Shoemaker of Mount Dora – “Donnelly House” Christine Smith of Umatilla – “The Sunset”
Two of the original designs are colorful interpretations of sunsets on Lake Dora, and the other is digital art of the iconic Donnelly House. The winning designs were chosen by a panel of judges from the Mount Dora Public Art Commission and will be printed and hung city-wide in January.
“The members of the Commission were so excited about the quality and the quantity of the submissions, which evidences a thriving arts community in Mount Dora,” said Harlow Middleton, Chair of the Mount Dora Public Art Commission. The three winning artists presented their artwork at the November 19th CIty Council Meeting.
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