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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Taylors win Steampunk art contest

  • A steamer trunk decorated inside and out by Hannibal artists Kent and Cyndi Taylor won the grand prize and first place in the Big River Steampunk Art Competition.
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  • A steamer trunk decorated inside and out by Hannibal artists Kent and Cyndi Taylor won the grand prize and first place in the Big River Steampunk Art Competition.
    Taking second through fourth place, respectively, in the art contest, were: Stephen Schisler - The Cub Pilot – Acrylic on Canvas; Paul Miller  -Blunderbus (Luceiferic ballistic phlogiston ejector); and Jay Hester - Steampunk Sculpture.
    The People’s Choice winner was Sam Walker – Weaponry.
    The “Gadgets and Gears in the Gilded Age” art contest was part of the Big River Steampunk Festival sponsored by the Hannibal History Museum on Aug. 30 and 31. The winners were announced on Aug. 30.
    Entries were to be in celebration of all things Steampunk – drawings, sculpture, oil paintings, pottery, woodcarving, fiber arts, photographs, articles of clothing, jewelry and other original works of art (original in concept, design and production).
    The art contest was sponsored by the Hannibal Arts Council in conjunction with the Hannibal History Museum.
    HAC Executive Director Michael Gaines explained, “There were 14 entries in the competition. They were submitted by local, area and out-of-state artists. 
    “We allowed three more entries into the People’s Choice competition the day of the contest. The rest of the entries were due on August 15, prior to the festival. 
    “We were very pleased with the interest for this first-ever competition and plan to continue it as the festival continues,” Gaines said. “Entries included sculpture, weaponry, paintings, drawings and photography.
     
    “Ken and Lisa Marks (co-owners of Hannibal History Museum) and their crew really did an amazing job at pulling off a successful first-time festival,” Gaines continues. “The Hannibal Arts Council knows what it takes to implement a downtown festival, and kudos go out to them for coming up with an idea and going for it!
    “The Hannibal Arts Council was pleased to work with the Hannibal History Museum on this new event. I have a feeling, and hope, that it will continue and grow. If the first-ever event was any indication, Hannibal is poised to be the place in Missouri for a first-rate Steampunk festival.”
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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