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Hydro box beautification project winners unwrapped
Top three winners of hydro box beautification project are Elaine Bryck, Lindsey Kemp and Jennifer Penner. (Sourced)

The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre has chosen three winners of the 2019 Hydro Box Beautification Competition and their artwork, along with other submissions, will be displayed at an exhibition from Dec. 12 to Jan. 7, 2020.

Elaine Bryck, Lindsey Kemp and Jennifer Penner are the competition’s winners. Each of them will receive $500 at the opening reception and awards party, which will take place at the Pumphouse on Dec. 12.

The contest, sponsored by NOTL Hydro, was organized in collaboration with the town, the Communities in Bloom committee and the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, with the goal of beautifying hydro boxes in town.

The competition was open to all artists living or working across the Niagara region. The Pumphouse has received 16 submissions in total.

Choosing among the top three winners was “tough” because there were many good submissions, said Pumphouse chair Lise Andreana. The artwork also had to fit on the hydro boxes.

So, in order to support other artists and let them display their work, the Pumphouse decided to hold the exhibition, she told The Lake Report.

“It was an opportunity for local artists to be recognized in way they might not normally,” Andreana said. “The artists are a very much underserved and underrecognized group, so I think that’s a great opportunity to have their work on display.”

The winning artwork will be transferred onto vinyl wraps and put on the boxes, said NOTL Hydro president Tim Curtis. The boxes are located at King and Ricardo streets, at Memorial Park off King Street, and at Front Street near Victoria Street.

“It’s been great co-operation between ourselves, the town, Communities in Bloom and the Pumphouse,” Curtis said. “It’s been great dealing with them.”