Artists from across the region submitted entries, which were then judged by a panel of three West Michigan art and design experts: Sarah Harris, owner of the Nines Gallery; Dennis Foley, designer and owner of Foley Designs; and Fred Bivins, chairman of the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts Regional Arts Competition and owner of Vinecroft Studio.
The panel narrowed the selection to the Top 20. From these, representatives from both the Tulip Time Festival and the Holland Area Arts Council made the final selection.
Schultz has been painting off and on for the past six years. She graduated from Wyoming Park High School, Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University, where she studied engineering. She enjoys using water color and especially enjoys painting portraits.
Although she has always worked with dramatic color, this was her first abstract-style painting. Her family described it as "psychedelic tulips."
The name of the painting came from her Bible study leader. They had just finished studying the book of Matthew, and when her study leader saw the painting, the first thing she said was “clothed in splendor” and she thought that was a perfect name.
“Clothed in Splendor” will be on display at the Holland Area Arts Council beginning April 26 through May 11. During that same time, the remaining 19 works will be displayed in shop windows throughout downtown Holland as part of the Viewer’s Choice Awards competition. The community and all visitors are invited to participate by voting for their favorite artwork. Ballots can be obtained at all participating shops as well as the Holland Area Arts Council and the Tulip Time Festival office.
The winner of the Viewer’s Choice Awards will be announced May 11 at the Holland Area Arts Council. The top three pieces of art with the most votes will receive cash prizes.
“Clothed in Splendor” will be featured on posters, giclée prints and other festival merchandise beginning next week at the Tulip Time Festival Office and website, and soon after at area galleries and shops.
Images of the top 20 works of art can be seen on the Holland Area Arts Council website at www.hollandarts.org.
Tulip Time Festival 2013 is May 4-11. Detailed program and event information for the coming festival is available on www.tuliptime.com.