HACKENSACK, N.J. – The 55th Annual Bergen County Art in the Park Show produced winners from Hackensack and Paramus.

In the competition on October 12 at Van Saun County Park in Paramus, roughly 100 adult visual artists were judged. First, second and third place winners along with honorable mentions were selected from the following categories: Acrylics and oils; drawings/prints/pastels; mixed media; photography; (digital and traditional); digital manipulated watercolors; and best in show.

An art exhibition was held throughout November at One Bergen County Plaza. At a reception on November 13, all winning artists were bestowed with a certificate from Bergen County Executive James Tedesco for their efforts.

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Hackensack’s Poramit Thantapalit took home Third Place in the Mixed Media Category for his artwork he calls “Meditation Face.” Made entirely of layered recyclable plastic labels, Thantapalit said he found the photograph he used to make the artwork while browsing online and sparked an idea for the colorful plastics from the yogurt cups he eats for breakfast and the bottles of 7 Up he imbibes. Though the artwork was a “challenge,” (it took him a month to complete!) he said it was well worth the effort.

“Mostly all my work is recyclables,” he said. “You use a lot every day in the household, why not use something you already have to make it pretty?” 

In the same category, Stephanie Grabowski of Paramus was tapped for honorable mention for her untitled work depicting a neutral-colored abstract artwork using different pieces of torn scrapbook paper with various patterns from checkered to stripes, cheetah prints and leaves, which the artist finely outlined by dipping a toothpick into black paint. 

“They’re not perfect, but you don’t want it to be,” Grabowski noted.  

Photography Digital Traditional Third Place: Rich Lemonie of South Hackensack won Third Place in the Traditional Digital Photography category for his photo he called, “The Dreary Day House.”