I just received an email this morning with the list of winners from the photography contest I entered. I won second place for “A Bountiful Harvest” (a view of our church through a neighboring corn field) and third place for “A Sign of Faith” (the lion – one of the four different weathervanes on our church).

“A Bountiful Harvest” received a second place ribbon.
“A Sign of Faith” received a third place ribbon.

We had 25 photographers who submitted 57 photos to the contest. The photos were blind-judged by five professional photographers who have no ties to our church. I’m really pleased that both of my photos received recognition!

I think it is extra exciting since I didn’t even take those photos for the exhibit. They just happened to be some shots that I took while I was out on an adventure while my daughter was out-of-town visiting my parents. As I was going through the photo folders on my computer, I spotted them and thought they turned out well and I then decided to enter them in the contest.

While I had some hope of maybe placing in the art exhibit, I didn’t expect the photos to place at all. What a nice surprise.

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Project: Art Exhibit

Whew! I’m worn out from trying to get several projects done this week, especially two collage pieces for an art exhibit. Our church is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year and is hosting a photography contest and an art exhibit, both meant to have ties to the church in some way. I entered two photos and three art pieces (one is a cross-stitch sampler that was completed years ago).

My photo entries:


I decided not to enter a painting in the art exhibit since a number of highly talented and professional artists would be entering paintings. So, it took a while to decide what I wanted to do. Our pastors began the year’s worth of celebration with a series of sermons about the signs around our church and what they mean, including the four weathervanes on the property. One that stood out to me was about the rooster weathervane and how all over the U.S. and Europe the rooster represents Peter’s repentence and is a symbol of conscience in Christianity for churches. I decided to create a mixed media collage featuring our rooster weathervane and the elements of the sermon about Peter. Here’s what I came up with…

The other piece that I entered is an altered Bible that I created to commemorate my daughter’s christening at our church and to house the keepsake cross she was given on that day. Here’s how it turned out.
Top: Front cover; Middle: inside front cover; and
Bottom: inside section (though cross is missing from cut-out compartment in this photo).

So, what do you think? The exhibit was judged this week and awards will be presented at a reception this Sunday after church. There will be first – third place and five honorable mentions. I’ll be honest. I’m hoping just for an honorable mention, especially after seeing all the beautiful paintings that were being dropped off earlier this week on delivery day! I’ll let you know how it goes.