CHATHAM, NJ - The goal is to bring back art exhibits to the Fishawack Festival and Saturday was a good start with the Local Art Exhibit at the Chatham Library presented by D.J. Crater.
"I remember the days that I'd come here every Fishawack to buy art, and I'm from Madison," Janice Piccolo, director of Chatham Community Services said. "So we want to bring it back to that. Slowly, slowly we've been building it and we're very excited about those who participated today."
Chatham resident Jennifer Duteil won "Best in Exhibit" for her color paining of the DRIP cafe on Main Street. For Duteil, the award was somewhat of a validation of her artwork because she never got to finish the "Grey to Green" project she was painting on the traffic control box at the corner of Fairmount and Watchung avenues .
Kelsey Jenkinson of Chatham was recognized with two awards in the young adult category. The 11-year-old fifth grader drew the Red Brick Schoolhouse on Southern Boulevard with a pastel pencils.
"We drove past it and I took a picture of it in my mind and remembered it," Jenkinson said. "I drew it from memory in about three hours."
Pam Gosner, a 44-year resident of Chatham who now lives in New Providence, also won a Judge's Choice award for her acrylic paintings of the Gazebo at Reasoner Park.
Chatham High senior Dani Coates was a double winner and Irene McManus won a ribbon for her water color of the 911 Memorial.
Best In Exhibit & People’s Choice: Jennifer Duteil “Drip Coffee”
Judge’s Choice: Irene McManus “Chatham Remembers”
Honorable Mention: Pam Gosner “Gazebo In Spring”
Young Adult Category:
Judge’s Choice & Honorable Mention
Dani Coates “Great Swamp Elements”
Judge’s Choice & Honorable Mention:
Kelsey Jenkinson “Red Brick School House On The Corner”