4 artists receive cash prizes for Art @ the Green (w/Danish Prize winner list)


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:59 am on Thursday, August 23, 2012

Art @ the Green winners received their prize money on Wednesday. Pictured, from left, are Jodie Dewey Jury Award winner Claudia Nielsen, third-place artist Alexandra Johnson, Art @ the Green sponsor Ed Koehn of Ed Koehn Lincoln Ford, first-place artist Amita Modzelewski and second-place artist Judy Rodgers. Koehn presented Modzelewski with her $700 first-place check. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — The winners of the first annual Art @ the Green have been announced with four artists receiving cash prizes.

Three artists received a first through third place cash prize and one artist received the Jodie Dewey Jury Award.

The three cash prize winners were voted on by the public, while the Jodie Dewey Jury Award was picked by judge Jon Bouch, who has a background in art.

Artwork remains on display at various locations throughout Greenville until Aug. 31

 First place

Amita Modzelewski of Sand Lake won first place for her piece “Classic 2-Door Handel.” Her artwork was displayed at Ed Koehn Ford Lincoln. She received $700 for her first-place prize.

“I went to a local junkyard and I was looking at classic rustic cars,” Modzelewski said. “This piece is based off an ’82 Deluxe Chevy Impala.”

 Second place

“Shine the light of Michigan,” by Judy Rodgers, a retired Greenville Public Schools teacher assistant, received the second place prize. Her artwork was displayed at Blake Hollenbeck Auto Sales. She received $400 for her second-place prize.

As part of her art piece, Rodgers included a map of Michigan with lights that represent each lighthouse.

“I wanted to represent Michigan’s lighthouses,” she said.

 Third place

Alexandra Johnson of Sidney won third place for her piece “Daddy Ate the Cake, Mom.” Her artwork was displayed at L’image Hair Salon. She received $200 for her third-place prize.

Johnson said she received inspiration from a friend’s child after volunteering with them.

“I just love kids,” she said, noting she really wanted to focus on the child’s eyes and try to get them as real as possible.

Jodie Dewey Jury Award

“Peacock” an oil painting by Claudia Nielsen of Greenville, received the Jodie Dewey Jury Award for Art @ the Green. Her artwork was displayed at West 57 Design and Floral. Nielson received $500 for her award.

She said she received her inspiration from a trip to the zoo in Cleveland.

Danish Festival Award Winners

Raffle Winners

Grand Prize, Gary Pline, $2,500 toward trip to Denmark or $2,000 cash option; 1st Prize, Janet Howard, Under Counter Beverage Cooler; 2nd Prize, Julie Boni, 1 Year Membership/The Club Fitness; 3rd Prize, Eric Martin, Mackinac Island Get-A-Way; 4th Prize, Mike Frame, Catnapper Rocker Recliner; 5th Prize, Diane Fountain, A Night to Remember Package

Art @ the Green winners

1st place, Amita Modzelewski (Ed Koehn), $700; 2nd place, Judy Rogers (Blake Hollenbeck), $400; 3rd place, Alexandra Johnson (L’Image Hair Salon), $200; Jury, Claudia Nielsen (West 57 Design & Floral), $500

Duck Race

1st place, Dorothy Redner, $30 gift card to Down Home Family Restaurant; 2nd place, Ken Clark, 30 minute pedicure from Thomas & Co.; 3rd place, Ann Rinkeviczie, $20 from Dairy Barn; 4th place, Pam Jorae, gift card from Beamers and 2 movie passes; Rich Russo, free oil change at Blake Hollenbeck; Kelly Draper, free oil change at Blake Hollenbeck; Chloe Coon, free oil change at Blake Hollenbeck; Joyce Mason, free oil change at Blake Hollenbeck; Kelly Draper, free oil change at Blake Hollenbeck

 Bed Race

Team Impact, Greenville Community Church/Youth Leaders, 1 large Pizza/family order of Bread Sticks from Pizza Hut

 Talent Show

Youth Division, 1st Place, Laurel Hammis; 2nd Place, Aubrey Hammis; 3rd Place, Emma Skogseth
Adult Division, 1st Place, Melissa Greve and Kara Wenzel; 2nd Place, Katie Mezay

Grand Dansk Parade Winners

Judges Favorite Category, The Topper Shop Haunted Barn; Best Themed Category, Danish Festival Band; Best Float Category, Huntington Bank; Best Walking Category, Far Shot Image and Design; Best Musical Category, Belding High School Marching Bank; Best Professional Category, Scottville Clown Band; Best Amateur Category, Danish Festival’s Danish Themed Float

Coloring Contest

1st, Ireland and Christine Stander of Sidney; 2nd, Makenna, Keegan and Danika Church of Belding; 3rd, Tricia Miller of Greenville

Scrapbook contest

1st, Kari Paskewicz of Walker (originally from Greenville); 2nd: Dawn Rebhun of Greenville; 3rd, Lacey Williams of Greenville

Doggie Fashion Show

Fashion, 1st, Moe Joe, a chihuahua owned by Cindy Ploeg; 2nd, CiCi, a Yorkshire terrier owned by Lindsey Bathurst; 3rd, Captain Jack, a cockapoo owned by Cassandra Kingsley

Talent, 1st, Frankie and Jack, owned by Jack Hansen; 2nd: Odie, a pug owned by Jade, Chloe and Meg Mollo; 3rd, Cuddles, a doxen owned by Cadence Phenix

Oscar Award, Sparty & Brutus, shih tzus owned by Charleigh and Nicole McDonnell

Lake of Illumination

Best in Show, the Drake, Sorensen, Taylor families; Best Theme, the Ferguson family; Most Lake Spirit, the Lothian family

Lego Contest

1st Place, Zach Wernet; 2nd Place, Haley Schmeltzer

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