“I started working on the rooster the weekend after [12/14] happened,” Carol Collins, winner of the 2013 Art Competition for the Newtown Arts festival, said. “I did it to share love, make it more bearable.”
Terry Sagedy, chairman of the 2013 Arts Festival, recently announced the award, which included a $500 check.
The rooster design (pictured), which Ms Collins has named “Newtown, Express Your Love,” will be the iconic image for the festival and used on posters, T-shirts and tote bags.
The winning submission is hand-cut, hand-painted, of Bristol Board. She said it is a “celebration of our town’s resilience, creative spirit, and ability to greet each new day with hope and love.”
A native of St, Johnsbury, Vt., Ms Collins graduated from Carnegie Melon University College of Fine Arts. Along with her artistic achievements, she is a substitute bus driver in town and adult programming coordinator at C.H. Booth Library.
She is married to Patrick McCombe. She and her husband have one son, Liam, a student at Hawley School.
“Ever since I can remember, people told me I was an artist,” Ms Collins said. “In December, when the unimaginable became our reality, art provided our community with a way to communicate the positive and share love. People from all walks of life wrote, painted, sang, performed, put up roadside poetry, and used their creativity to help make their neighbors world more beautiful and bearable.” One of the many reasons, she says, “We love Newtown.”
The 2013 Newtown Arts Festival is set for September 21-23, and will be the culmination of a week of celebrations.
Call For Festival Artists
Meanwhile, The Newtown Arts Festival Committee has issued a Call to Artists for this years’ festival.
The festival will be a week-long celebration of the arts culminating with the September 21-22 artists’ market, fine arts gallery tent exhibits, live music and theater. Last year the festival attracted more than 5,000 visitors to Fairfield Hills. As with last year, there will also be food, workshops, demonstrations, and make and take activities for all ages.
The juried festival has an April 20 deadline for applications. Applications will be accepted after the deadline, but some categories may be filled.
The estimated attendance this year is 8,000 to 10,000. There is a limit of 100 artists and there are several booth options.