MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The Maplewood Village Alliance (MVA) and Maplewood Department of Cultural Affairs have announced the winners of the second annual Maplewood Art Walk & Music Fest, which was held on Sunday.
While hundred of attendees strolled the streets and bought the works of the 40 local artists, jewelry makers and photographers, a panel of judges was busy evaluating the entries into the fine arts fine arts show. Local art experts Jim Oliver, Ann Schaffer and Tara O'Leary took the assignment to heart and the winners have been announced.
"It was a pleasure to see so many proud and serious artists come out to show their artworks,” said Schaffer. “All mediums were well represented, including oil, photography, drawing, collage, pottery and jewelry.”
Here is a complete list of winners:
Best of Show: Berc Ketchian - $200 Cash Prize
First Place: Richard Koch - $100 Gift Certificate to Lorena's Restaurant http://richardkochphotography.com/
Honorable Mention Jewelry: Susan Napack - $50 Gift Card to King's Grocery Store
Honorable Mention Pottery: Laura Hanley - $50 Gift Card to King's Grocery Store
“The show was great, there were a lot of people there and some very good artists,” said Ketchian, who sold several pieces at the event. Asked how he felt about winning, he said, “It’s better than losing.”
“I was thrilled and delighted to win first place and come in second behind Berc, a truly masterful oil painter,” said Koch, who called the experience “very special.” He continued, “It gives me great pleasure to hear and see people revel in one of my images that lights up their vision so that a positive feeling flows from the work.”
“We are thrilled for the winners, and with such a talented field of artists displaying such diverse and original work, we are sure it was a difficult decision,” said Julie Doran, manager of the MVA. “We thank sponsors, Mona Lisa Framing and Vanessa Pollock of Keller Williams Realty, Restaurant Lorena's and King's of Maplewood for supporting the event with these awards.”
“The MVA offers additional thanks to supporting sponsors: Overlook Hospital-Atlantic Health, No. 165, Village Trattoria, Geralyn’s Art Studio, Perch Home, The Tenth Muse Gallery, Highland Place Restaurant and the Alternative Press, and would like to acknowledge the work of the organizing committee: Geralyn Robinson of Geralyn's Art Studio, Michele Bessey of Perch Home, Erin Rogers Pickering of Erin Go Paint, Liz LeClair of Safeguard Printing and Pete Cenedella for booking and coordinating the live music.”