Russell Jewell won the Grand Prize and shared the Collector’s Choice Award for his painting

The Grand Prize Winner at the Easels event in Frederick, Maryland, at the end of June was painted in inclement weather — but the artist stayed dry. “It was a rainy day in downtown Frederick at the intersection of East and 3rd Street that paid off,” the winning artist, Russell Jewell, wrote in his blog. “I painted the scene from the front seat of my car as the rain poured down.”

“Rest for the Weary” earned second place honors for Tim Kelly

The South Carolina artist pocketed $5,000 for the win. Jewell’s piece was also the Collector’s Choice Award co-winner, along with Michael Kotarba’s painting “Tranquility.” Mary Pettis of Taylors Falls, Michigan, won the $1,000 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Woodsboro Bank, for “Umbrellas and Puddles.”

“Chapel Alley,” by Jason Sacran, won third place

“Rest for the Weary” by Tim Kelly of Baltimore, received the second place award and a $2,500 cash prize sponsored by Everedy Square & Shab Row. “Chapel Alley,” a nocturne by Jason Sacran of Lavaca, Arkansas, received the third place award and a cash prize of $1,000 sponsored by Frederick County Bank.

“Umbrellas and Puddles,” by Mary Pettis, won the People’s Choice Award

The other co-winner of the Collector’s Choice Award was Michael Kotarba for this piece, “Tranquility.”

Ron Donoughe was the juror for the event. George Strickland served as the acceptance juror. Cash prizes totalling $14,000 were awarded. Twenty-eight artists from 14 states participated.


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