Work done by hand wins contest

June 03, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

A hand-painted collage withstood competition from several computer-generated designs and took the $1,000 first prize in the 1994 Maryland Wine Festival Poster Contest.

Amid many interruptions from two young children, a husband and her free-lance writing, Patricia S. "Pat" Brodowski put together an 18-by-24-inch collage from paper she hand-painted.

Ms. Brodowski, 40, made the entire image from the paper, which she cut and applied to her design. She said she often carried the colored pieces along on family outings and "snipped" pictures in her spare moments.

"I carried my studio in an envelope," she said. "I didn't want the project to interfere with the family.

"I started back in March and worked on it 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there. I made the crab between dinner and homework with my son."

In the collage, the crab sits at the base of a glass of white wine along with other foods appropriate to the vintage.

The Hampstead resident won the first place from among 38 entrants, many of whom relied on computers to print their designs. Several entrants submitted "impressive, polished" computer-generated designs to the contest, said Hilary Hatfield, director of the Carroll County Arts Council and one of the contest judges.

"Those designs also represented a lot of hard work and several received honorable mentions," she said.

Ms. Hatfield called the winning poster "a thoughtful design incorporating a beautiful subject."

She said the judges were impressed by all the entries. She said she was not surprised at the number of posters submitted, some from as far away as Wyoming.

"On a professional level, $1,000 is an attractive prize," said Ms. Hatfield.

The winning entry depicts four vertical panels, which Ms. Brodowski called windows, imposed on a background of rolling hills. Each panel contains a goblet filled with a different colored wine.

At the base of each glass, the artist arranged pictures of complementary and popular Maryland foods, including crabs, cheese and fish.

Black-eyed Susans and other state symbols decorate the picture, which will be reproduced on posters, T-shirts and brochures touting the 11th annual festival set for Sept. 17 and 18 at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in agriculture, Ms. Brodowski has studied art, painting and print-making at the Maryland Institute of Art. She writes a column published weekly in The Sun for Carroll County and is a contributor to Families of Carroll County, a monthly newspaper.

She has worked in landscape painting, but the contest was her first attempt at collage. The style enabled her to move parts around and try different effects, she said.

Ms. Brodowski expressed surprise at winning the annual contest. When she found a letter from the Carroll County Arts Council in her mailbox two weeks ago, she assumed it would tell her to pick up her poster. "I was dumbfounded," she said. "Maybe the judges could relate more to a work done by hand."

Carroll County Commissioner Donald I. Dell will present her with a $1,000 check at noon tomorrow during Art in the Park festivities in Westminster. Other entries also will be on display.

Ms. Brodowski said she plans to save most of her winnings for a family trip to Europe. She said she may take her "studio" along.

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