2016 Engage Toms River Great Arts Challenge – Theme is “Remembering our Veterans”

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The people have spoken!  The final winners of all 5 categories have been announced at a celebration on July 1st at Mancini Hall in the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library.  Each of the category winners received $1500. The artist who received the largest amount of votes overall won the grand prize of an additional $2500.

The celebratory event, with close to 100 attendees, featured a summer BBQ, catered by L’Cuisine.  Each winner came up and told their story about what inspired them to create their work of art.  The winner of the music category, Karla Ivarson, even brought her ukulele and performed for all.  It was a wonderful day and a great kick-off to the holiday weekend.

And the winners are….

PHOTOGRAPHY

Heather Pryce – GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!!!!

Heather Pryce


PAINTING

Jim Houba

Jim Houba


MUSIC

Karla Ivarson – 2016 Remembering Our Veterans (press play below)


POETRY

Heidi Hodges  – I Do Not Know War
I do not know war
I barely know death
I need not worry
About my next breath

I’m lucky for life
Without fear or strife
My life is my own
Daughter, mother, wife

I can disagree
I’m free to object
For they paid the price
To secure, protect

I can love and lie
I can sing and cry
Here I’m free to live
So I too can give


SCULPTURE

Veronica & Genaro Vega

Angle 1

Genaro Vega 4

Angle 2

Genaro Vega 3

Angle 3

Genaro Vega 2

Angle 4

Genaro Vega 1

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners and to all who have participated.  You are all so talented and we loved every piece of art you submitted.  THANK YOU!

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