Purcellville, VA, March 29, 2015 — On a crisp Sunday evening, Catoctin Creek held their event to announce the winners in the 2015 Catoctin Creek Art Contest. A large crowd of artists were present to witness the results:
- In first place: "Party at Catoctin Creek", by Randy Krinkles, winning $1000.
- In second place: "Case Building Etching in Black", by Paige Ulvi, winning $500.
- In third place: "Distillery Vats", by Dora Ramirez, winning $250.
The winning entries were selected from among 141 entrants to the contest. The selection process was done using blind ballots by the employees of the Purcellville distillery, and the results were tabulated to find the winners. Also attending the event were representatives for the Loudoun Arts Council and the Round Hill Arts Center, both of whom received donations from the distillery and patrons of the event.
"Choosing the winning entries was really difficult," remarked founder and president, Becky Harris. "There were so many styles and so many wonderful pieces; honestly, I wish we could have chosen ten or twelve winners!"
The contest was created to foster arts in the community, and the distillery received a diverse set of entries, including photography, paintings, mixed-media, charcoal drawings, etchings, pottery, and watercolors. All entries in the contest will be on display at the distillery now and throughout the month of April. Now that the contest voting period is over, the artists' names will be placed on each piece so that they may receive recognition for their work. The general public is invited to view the pieces at Catoctin Creek's Main Street location in Purcellville.
"We were really pleased with the results of this contest," said Scott Harris, founder and general manager of the distillery. "The art we received is top notch, showing we live in a county rich with the arts." During the evening event, Scott spoke further about the need for arts in the community: "There is so much discussion today in our news and in politics, both on the left and the right, about the need for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) based-education and job-training. In the process, arts and humanities are being cut back and removed from our public curricula. I think it does our country and our people a disservice to focus solely on STEM without the respect and time due to the humanities. Humanities enrich our lives in ways far beyond mere physical wealth. That is one reason that we wanted to hold this contest, to encourage those out there who don't fit into the typical STEM philosophy."
After the success of Catoctin Creek's first art contest, look for it to return in 2016.
The Winning Entries
Show below, left to right, art by Randy Krinkles (1st place), Paige Ulvi (2nd place), and Dora Ramirez (3rd place).
The Winning Artists:
Show below, left to right, posing with Scott Harris, are artists Randy Krinkles (1st place), Paige Ulvi (2nd place), and Dora Ramirez (3rd place).