Ottawa County Art Trust announces winners in juried competition

Lynn Boezaart, of Spring Lake, entered her oil painting, “Big Chill” in the first county art competition. Cathy Runyon|MLive.com 

Winners in the first Ottawa County Art Trust contest have been selected. The competition, hosted in partnership with the Holland Area Arts Council, is the first in what county officials say will be an annual event for artists who live or work in Ottawa County.

Artists and their works chosen to become part of the county’s permanent collection, purchased by the trust are, in no particular order, Lynne Boezaart, of Spring Lake, with “Big Chill II,” an oil on canvas; Cindy Bender, of  Zeeland, with “Klompen,” a watercolor; and Alla Dickson, of Borculo, with “Find Me Where the Wild Things Are,” an oil on canvas.

A fourth piece, “Aman Park Trilliums,” a watercolor batik by Nancy Stowers, of Georgetown Township, was purchased by a private party and donated to the trust. Works may also be purchased for private ownership after the exhibit closes by contacting the artist.

County Communications Manager Shannon Felgner said that as the collection increases over the years, the plan is to rotate pieces to various sites throughout the county for all to enjoy.

By establishing the Ottawa County Art Trust, the county hopes to preserve local art that represents Ottawa County for future generations to view and appreciate.

Ed Post, former Ottawa Circuit judge and award-winning photographer, served as the show’s juror in the art competition.

A total of 58 entries were submitted by 32 artists who live or work in Ottawa County. Of those pieces, 47 are on display at the county administration office building.

The exhibit remains open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 24; and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. Works are hung in the hallway off the main lobby at the Fillmore Street county administration building, 12220 Fillmore St., West Olive.