Washington County Commission selects art contest winner and runners-up – St George News

ST. GEORGE- The Washington County Commission announced the winner of the art competition for its incoming parking structure on Tuesday.

A slide showing photo of Dewey Farmer who won the Washington County Parking Structure Art Contest, Washington County, March 1, 2022 | Photo portion of slide enhanced by St. George News | Photo courtesy of Washington County/CEC, St. George News

The competition, announced last November, called for an artwork or photograph and said the winning artwork would be featured on a 32-foot by 16-foot portion of the county’s new parking complex tower, currently under construction. construction.

“Originally (it) was referred to in the plans as a clock,” said Washington County Administrator Nichole Felshaw. “I thought about it for a while and went up to each of you (the Commissioners) and said, ‘Rather than a clock, wouldn’t it be better to get the community involved and capture the Washington County beauty? “”

The commission agreed, and a public notice of the competition was issued shortly thereafter. The submission window for the competition closed in early February, with the county receiving more than 100 entries.

“It was such a tough decision. I wish I could have picked them all,” Felshaw said. “However, one continually stuck with us.”

The entry she was referring to was a photo submitted by photographer Dewey Farmer.

“I’m pretty overwhelmed right now,” Farmer said, addressing the commission. “Thank you very much for the honor.”

The farmer’s photo depicts a waterfall in Zion National Park and is a composite of more than 60 photos “stitched together” using a technique called vertorama photography.

“It’s a beautiful work of art,” said the Adam Snow Commission.

Washington County Commission awards painter Mariellen Lopez $250 for painting she submitted to County Parking Structure Art Contest, St. George, Utah, March 1, 2022 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Farmer won $1,000 for the photo, plus an additional $750 for three other photos he submitted that were chosen as second pieces. They will be posted in commission rooms or in the lobby of the new county administration building.

Other finalist selections included a painting by Mariellen Lopez and two photographs by Spencer Sullivan. Lopez’s painting will be displayed in the lobby while Sullivan’s photos will be placed in the commission rooms.

The county purchased their two works for $250 each.

“It wasn’t like 100 ‘OK’ submissions,” Snow said. “It wasn’t like 80 ‘eh’ and 20 really good submissions. They were all museum quality, gallery (quality) – you could see them hanging anywhere, they were great works of art.

Snow added that the copies of the artwork shown at the commission meeting did not do justice to the original artwork, as the projector washed out the colors and details.

Members of the police and fire departments and other public safety elements gathered at the Washington County Commission Chamber for a proclamation honoring law enforcement and first responders, St. George , Utah, March 1, 2022 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Tribute to Public Safety Personnel

In other cases, the commission declared March to be law enforcement and first responder month.

Introduced by Commissioner Gil Almquist, the measure is intended to honor the county’s public safety personnel.

“About two years ago, when the whole nation seemed to be drifting away from the respect that law enforcement and first responders deserved, it bothered me,” Almquist said, adding that he found the Personally insulting change and recounted how an off-duty St. George Police helped rescue his son from drowning as a toddler.

That son, now an adult, is pursuing a master’s degree in commerce at Northeastern University, he said.

“I can tell you it was a personal offense when anyone across the country started jumping on this (anti-police) bandwagon,” Almquist said.

Washington County Sheriff Nate Brooksby, along with chiefs of police from Hurricane, St. George and Washington City were at Tuesday’s meeting to read the proclamation. St. George Fire and Hurricane Valley Fire Chiefs Robert Stoker and Tom Kuhlmann also attended.

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