Worcester County Arts Council
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Each year in September, Paint Berlin event brings talented artists from across the region who grace our streets, sidewalks, and green spaces, providing our Community and visitors with the unique experience of seeing our surroundings through their eyes while preserving the best aspects of our community.

paint berlin winners 2017

Thirty eight talented artists from five states and the District of Columbia painted their hearts out from September 20 - 23 in downtown historic Berlin and surrounding areas and competed for very attractive cash prizes in the Worcester County Arts Council's annual plein air event.Completed artwork in this competition was judged by accomplished local artist, Kirk McBride.

First place and a $1,000 prize was awarded to Mateus Costa from Cheltenham, PA for his oil painting titled "St. Paul’s Church". Second place and $500 award went to Alison Leigh Menke of Silver Spring, MD for "Fiddler’s Jam", oil painting, and third prize of $250 went to Christopher Best of Crownsville, MD for his oil painting, "Morning Bloom".
Honorable mention award of $100 was given to Middletown, DE resident, Diane Joy Laird for her pen, ink and watercolor painting, "Hotel Atlantic".

Maryland Legislators Choice, Artists Choice, and the WCAC Board of Directors Choice awards, each in the amount of $100, were presented to Mateus Costa for “St. Paul’s Church”.

The Worcester County Arts Council is grateful for the support of their sponsors: the Town of Berlin, Joan W. Jenkins Foundation, the Salt Water Media, and many volunteers who contributed to the success of this event.

Pictured above from left to right are the Paint Berlin winners: Alison Leigh Menke, Mateus Costa, Kirk McBride, Diane Joy Laird, Delegate Mary Beth Carozza, and Christopher Best.