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Voting for Pumphouse art competition is open to public
David Shelgrove stands near one of his top choices for best artwork at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre. Voting is open until Aug. 4. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

The Walker Industries Art Competition through the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre officially kicked off voting for the third-place people’s choice award, and residents are already making their votes for their favourite artwork.

David Shelgrove, a NOTL resident, spent Friday afternoon perusing the art from the 25 finalists and trying to decide on his favourite.

He said it was difficult to pick just one, but he settled on a painting that first caught his eye.

“I like this one, it’s called ‘Deciding’ and I think it is about him trying to make a decision – he doesn’t know what he’s doing yet,” he said of the painting by Daisy Fresh.

Though he realized a moment later that the painting was in fact called ‘Descending,’ he said his original opinion remained.

“He’s deciding about descending or not,” he added.

He said the painting stood out because it felt like looking at a mystery. He added that the curious image piqued his interest and likened it to his love of reading mystery novels.

Voting is open to the public until Aug. 4, when the third-place winner will be announced and awarded a cash prize of $250.

On July 4, the art centre held its reception to announce the first and second place winners, who were chosen by juried judges.

The first prize of $2,500 went to Beverly Barber for her abstract painting called ‘Pigeon Watching.’ The piece was chosen because the jury was impressed with the evocative and original painting, said a description on the Pumphouse website.

The second prize of $250 went to Lorena Ziraldo for the painting called ‘Youth.’ The description said the piece was chosen because judges were impressed with her effective style and the strong and original use of colour and technique.