Craig When the Craig Centennial Committee started advertising a poster contest in January, Carol Jacobson did not expect 20 entries by the Feb. 8 deadline.
"I had no idea," the Committee member said. "Thrilled is the word you would be using."
Thrilled about the number and thrilled about the variety.
"They were all very different, from a quilted entry to a watercolor and oil paintings, to photographs, collages and drawings," Jacobson said.
Out of those entries, the Committee was beholden to pick one as the winner; one that would be adorned throughout town for the next few months, and one that would earn its creator $250.
Out of those entries, "Craig, America" by Deanna Jo Messing received the big prize.
If Craig residents are any judge, the Committee showed good taste, selecting the same watercolor painting as the people's choice from the Art Walk Reception on Feb. 9, which the Committee did without knowing, Jacobson said.
The people's choice award netted Messing an additional $100.
Support for Messing's piece was widespread, Jacobson added.
At the Art Walk, Messing's painting piled up twice as many votes as the next entry. Although its support from Committee members was not unanimous, it was close.
"It's got a lot of the things we see in Craig every day," Jacobson said. "The Craig Centennial Committee was hoping to find artwork that worked really well in poster form, so we could put on the poster's borders the calendar of events and our sponsors.
"I think the winning entry allowed for that in a really great way."
Messing's design was not the only one that curried favor, however. In fact, the Committee rewrote the contest rules to honor more entries, Jacobson said.
"We started out with a winner and runner-up," she said. "But there were two more pieces we really loved."
In addition to Jackie Hovis' piece, "The Best of Craig" - which garnered the artist $150 - Hovis entered a second poster, "Watchful Bears," the Committee wanted to recognize. Robert Libbie's "The Views" also received an honorable mention.
Currently, the Committee plans to discuss using all the poster designs in one way or another, most likely as postcards, Jacobson said. Time and money constraints will probably dictate whether that happens, she added.
The Committee also is still examining whether posters will be for sale to the general public, Jacobson said.
Posters are currently on display at Craig City Hall.
Collin Smith can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or firstname.lastname@example.org