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News: Rotary Club of Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival turns Jackson Square into work of art

News: Rotary Club of Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival turns Jackson Square into work of art

Artists of all ages were celebrated for their work at the 2018 Rotary Club of Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival at Jackson Square. The event is a fundraiser for Roane State student scholarships.

Oct. 17, 2018

The Rotary Club of Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival at historic Jackson Square on Oct. 13 drew 72 entries that turned the square’s sidewalks into an eclectic blend of colorful creations.

The event, which raises funds for Roane State Community College student scholarships, also drew hundreds of visitors to Jackson Square. Even late in the evening, visitors still strolled along the square and chatted about the artists’ work.

Artist Christine Palmer works on her Best-of-Show piece at the 2018 Rotary Club of Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival.

Final version of Christine Palmer's Best-of-Show piece

Christine Palmer of Powell won Best of Show. Festival visitors selected L&N STEM Academy Art Honor Society as the People’s Choice winner.

L&N STEM Academy Art Honor Society won the high school collaborative category, and their piece was the People’s Choice winner.

In addition to traditional categories, the 2018 competition included the Ed Westcott Challenge. Artists were asked to creatively interpret renowned Manhattan Project photographer Ed Westcott’s famous “War Ends” photo. Brittany Wensell of Oak Ridge was the winner.

Brittany Wensell of Oak Ridge won the Ed Westcott Challenge at the 2018 Rotary Club of Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival. Artists were asked to creatively interpret renowned Manhattan Project photographer Ed Westcott’s famous “War Ends” photo.

Final version of Brittany Wensell's intepretation of Ed Westcott's War Ends photo.

Additional winners, by category, were:

Adult single

Adult collaborative

College single

College collaborative

Elementary single

Family

High school single

High School collaborative

Middle School single

Middle School collaborative

Sponsors

The Street Painting Festival would not be possible without sponsors, whose generosity ensures that the event is free for artists and provides funds for Roane State student scholarships. The 2018 sponsors were:

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