My photo “A Walk in the Park” was recently promoted by Smithfield and Isle of Wight County Tourism for the new 2012 Pork-a-razzi photo competition. My photo was a winning entry last year at this time of year (1st place in the Windsor Castle Park category and 3rd (tie) for overall quintessential image). I never blogged about this at the time, probably due to the fact that I won this honor the same week I was diagnosed with cancer and I guess the good news was overshadowed. Anyway, three of my entries won four awards for 2011. Last year’s award-winners and rules for this year’s contest are here http://www.visitsmithfieldisleofwight.com.php
If any of you live in the Smithfield area, I encourage you to submit your entries. I guess I have an excuse to wander around Smithfield with my camera this weekend!
Let the “pig” jokes fly…I have been awarded the opportunity to participate in my first public art project! My design was juried and accepted by the Porcine Parade Panel, for a public art project in Smithfield, VA! For updates on this project, go the Smithfield Arts website. This will be a fun opportunity to bring the community and the arts together and promote the culture and tourism of the lovely historic town of Smithfield. You know about the well-known Cow Parade…where cities displayed custom artisticly painted and decorated cows designed by artists. Many cities have since used various animals in similar public art projects to promote tourism and excitement regarding the arts. Well, Smithfield is now living “high on the hog” with its Porcine project, where selected artists will paint/decorate pig statues, symbolizing the importance of the pig in the history and culture of Smithfield (we all know about Smithfield ham, right?)
I will be busy prepping and painting my hog for the next couple months to get ready for the big reveal in April (as I squeal with delight in hog heaven)!