Saturday, March 26, 2016

82. Wings Over the Band

WINGS OVER THE BAND - FRHS Band in the Murrysville 50th Annual Halloween Parade in 2015.
My photograph, Wings Over the Band, came in Second Place for People and Pets in the 2015 Murrysville Photo Contest held by the Murrysville Parks & Recreation Commission.  I had hoped that my other photograph,Winter Sojourn, would have won, but the contest rules state that each contestant can win only one prize and I must assume they had enough photos of that bridge from previous years. At the risk of jinxing myself, I have at least won something each year that I have entered this contest in 2011, 2014 and 2015, and for that I am very grateful.

I am also pleased I got a good photo of the Franklin Regional High School Band during the Murrysville 50th Annual Halloween Parade last year.  They are a top notch band that performed a few weeks later at the Tournament of Roses Parade in California.  I thought the butterfly banners were especially eye-catching too!

I will probably continue to compete in this contest, but I am wondering if it isn't time for a Murrysville Art Contest to allow paintings of the sights of Murrysville and its parks.  Even a plein air contest (paintings that are made outdoors at the scene) would be something different and exciting!  I know other areas in and around Pittsburgh have plein air art festivals, and we do have many wonderful art museums in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. We have plenty of fine and talented artists here. Do we in Murrysville have the sights and the scenery for such a contest?  Is there any interest in such an event?  If you have an opinion, I'd like to hear it.

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