Released May 23, 2017

‘Festival of Flowers PaintOut’ winners announced


Contact: Cate Whetzel, 812.988.2785, [email protected]

NASHVILLE, Ind. — Winners from this past weekend’s final Festival of Flowers PaintOut at T.C. Steele Historic Site have been announced. The “en plein air” (in open air) art competition has come to a close after 18 years. See list below.

Teens Ages 13 through 18
First Place: Alexandria Robinson, Orleans
Second Place: Hope Cockerham, Seymour

Children Ages 12 and Under
First Place: Elizabeth Mattos, Bloomington
Second Place: Thomas Kinder, Nashville
Third Place: Emma Szalkie, Indianapolis
Honorable Mention: Mason Davis, Bloomington; Caleb Herron, Indianapolis; Ella Lyell, Nashville

Adult Oil
First Place: Mary Ann Davis, Indianapolis
Second Place: Todd Derr, Owensboro, KY
Third Place: Thom Robinson, Nashville
Honorable Mention: Anne Karine Bley, Bloomington; Sondra Cromwell, Arcadia; James Stahlhut, Franklin

Adult Acrylic
First Place: Stephen Miller, Westfield
Second Place: David Voelpel, Indianapolis
Third Place: Marilyn Stone, Worthington

Adult Watercolor
First Place: Kay Fox, Seymour
Second Place: Nancy Davis Metz, Bloomington
Third Place: Donnie Mattos, Bloomington
Honorable Mention: Betty Wagoner, Bloomington

Adult Mixed Media/Drawing/Other
First Place: Donna Shortt, Indianapolis
Second Place: Andrea Cukier, New York City, NY
Third Place: Avon Waters, Converse

People’s Choice, selected through secret ballot by artists and visitors, was awarded to the first place Teen Pastel by Alexandria Robinson, and the first place Adult Watercolor by Kay Fox.

First-place winning artwork is on display now through June 13 in the Brown County Art Gallery in downtown Nashville, Ind.

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges in six categories. Adult artists were divided by media and children and teen artists were divided by age.

Sponsors included: Indiana Plein Art Painters Association (IPAPA), Sun King Brewery and Monarch Beverage Co.

This year’s event was co-sponsored by the Friends of T. C. Steele State Historic Site.

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T.C. Steele State Historic Site is located on Hwy 46 just west of Nashville in the heart of artistic Brown County. Part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, the site is where nature’s beauty meets the artist’s canvas. The home, studio and gardens of this noted Hoosier artist still provide inspiration today through site tours, outdoor painting competitions and artist-in-residence programs. For more information, call 812.988.2785 or visit