Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli Holds Reception to Celebrate Winners of Pedestrian Walkway Art Contest
"Pride of Nutley" themed contest to create annual 'temporary' outdoor art exhibit.
Nutley, NJ – Commissioner Dr. Joseph P. Scarpelli will be holding a celebratory reception for Nutley High School art students who participated in the 1st annual Pedestrian Walkway Art Contest on Thursday, June 13th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. The reception will take place in the pedestrian walkway adjacent to the Centennial Clock and Municipal Parking Lot #1. In the event of inclement weather, the reception will be moved indoors to the 2nd floor banquet room of Franklin Steak House, one of the contest’s sponsors.
Some 70 entries were submitted and over 650 Nutley High School students participated in the voting process to narrow the field of art projects to a total of 6 finalists from both traditional and non-traditional categories. A panel of distinguished judges from our community ultimately voted on the contests overall winner – Nutley High School senior, Chris Conca from the Non-Traditional Art Category. Mr. Conca will receive a $250 Visa Gift Card. The 5 contest finalists are:
Jonathan Braun, senior – Traditional Category
Janica Alec Limpin, junior – Traditional Category
Brian Molina, senior – Non-Traditional Category
Alexander Beaufort, junior – Traditional Category
Natasha Redmont, senior – Non-Traditional Category
Finalists will receive a $50 Visa Gift Card. All contest prizes were generously donated by contest sponsor, the Bank of Nutley, A Division of Pascack Community Bank. Winners were announced during Nutley High School hours when the students returned from the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
All participating students and their parents/guardians, as well as Nutley High School Art Department instructors and Nutley Board of Education dignitaries are invited to the reception where the winning art will be unveiled in the newly constructed outdoor display case which will be a permanent structure in the pedestrian walkway.
“I am so incredibly pleased at the support this contest and overall project has received,” commented Commissioner Scarpelli. “Students have taken ownership of the project – from the artwork to deciding which art made it to the final round. They can proudly say that they played a role in the beautification of downtown Nutley,” the commissioner added.
Winning artwork will be displayed in the case through the summer months and will then move to the Bank of Nutley in the fall. Commissioner Scarpelli looks forward to working with the Nutley High School Art Department on future contests. “I would like to thank Mr. George Ackerman, Principal Williams and the entire Nutley High School Art Department for supporting this project,” Commissioner Scarpelli noted. “The department is very busy throughout the year, but they still found the time to give this contest the attention it needed. I am very grateful to their dedication to their students and ultimately to the community,” he added.
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