Paint It! Ellicott City added a Quick Draw contest to its event this year, with Maria Marino taking the top prize. Who else won in Maryland?

David Diaz paints on location. Photo by Betsy Stark

The top two prizes, the $1,000 Gino Awards, went to Michael Bare for “The Presence of the Past” and to Alexander Wissel for “Journey From Junk.” Among the juried artists, Lida Stifel took First Place with “The Painter.” Joanne Bare won Second Place for “10:10 to Ellicott City.” Third Place went to Michael Kotarba for “Old B&O Station,” and Fourth went to Joanna Barnum for “Waking Up.” Lissa Abrams, Ann Jagielski Crostic, David Diaz, Maria Marino, and Steve Stannard won Honorable Mention awards.

Jane Knighton working on “Window Shopping at Yates,” which won Honorable Mention as a Director’s Choice in the Open division. Photo by Betsy Stark

Best Urban Scene awards were won by Maria Marino and Alexander Wissel. Best Depiction of Nature went to Chrissy Pahucki. Gary Pendleton, the author of 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic, served as judge.

Alexander Wissel working on his top prize winner, “Journey From Junk.” Photo by Betsy Stark

Paint It! Ellicott City also had an Open division, in which anyone could compete. In that arena, Pamela Betts won the Howard County Tourism Director’s Choice award for “By the River,” Debra Moffitt won the Howard County Arts Council Director’s Choice award for “Bon Anniversaire Tersiguel’s,” Joyce Blair and Jane Knighton both won Director’s Choice Honorable Mentions, and Cora Pahucki won the Director’s Choice Kids’ Honorable Mention award. In the Quick Draw, called Paint Down Main, Joanna Barnum placed Second and Tara Will placed Third behind Marino.
The event is organized by the Howard County Arts Council.


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