Published on August 19, 2012 | by Sandy Ward0
Nature Arts Festival Wrap-up, and the Winners are…
It was another year of great turn-outs and happy artisan vendors
With the most outdoor booths on record, Geauga Park District’s 21st Annual Nature Arts Festival also met another milestone – more than double the number of entries for the People’s Choice Competition.
One hundred twenty-five artists submitted their work for honors voted on by those who visit the two-day festival, as opposed to 61 artists in 2011.
Overall, festival-goers numbered 1,162 people on Saturday, August 4 (despite heat) and 844 people on Sunday, August 5 (despite morning rain) to The West Woods in Russell Township.
This popular, free, indoor/outdoor festival returned for its 21st year with an entirely nature-focused juried art show; for-sale art by more than 50 regional and national woodcarvers, painters, potters, jewelry-makers and others; catered food; all-day entertainment; workshops and more.
Park District volunteer Sandy Weibusch won the Geauga Park District Foundation’s artwork raffle, taking home “Eastern Amberwing on Water Lily” by 2011 Outstanding Booth/Display Award winner Dean Chriss.
And last but not least, the following 10 artists went home with 2012 People’s Choice Awards. To see photos of their winning artwork, visit here.
1st Place – “Bluebird” by Chandler Beatty; 2nd Place – “Woodland Beauty” by Peggy Hanna
1st Place – “Rainbow Point” by Tom Millward; 2nd Place – “Fire & Ice” by Wayne Mazorow
1st Place – “Driftwood Heron” by Ray Thurston; 2nd Place – “Dropping In” by Roy Podojil
Children’s (Ages 8-12)
1st Place – “The Lily Pond Inspiration” by Anna Sanders, Age 11; 2nd Place – “The Seashell” by Anna Sanders
Children’s (Ages 13-17)
1st Place – “Black & White Wolf” by Rachel Rich, Age 14; 2nd Place – “Eye of the Tiger” by Kaitlyn McKanna, Age 13
This year’s Nature Arts Festival was sponsored by The News-Herald and Renewal by Andersen Windows. The West Woods, a 900-acre park with miles of hiking trails, is at 9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87).