When boaters across the state pick up the 2012 Connecticut Boater’s Guide they will see first-hand the talented and creative work of some Stonington artists.
A pastel by Tina Campbell Lyman of Stonington will be the cover of 2012 Connecticut Boater’s Guide. Titled “Learning to Sail,” the pastel is of a group of sailors learning to sail in the Mystic River.
“This award is very special to me as my husband and I enjoy sailing, and as a pastel artist, marine art is one of my favorites,” Campbell said in a press release. “I have always enjoyed the artwork on the covers of the Connecticut Boating guides, and never dreamed my artwork would one day be on the cover as well!”
The Connecticut DEEP and the held a in October. The contest asked local artists to submit artwork of safe boating or water scenes in Connecticut. On Friday, the DEEP and the Mystic announced the winners and honorable mentions of the 2012 Connecticut Boaters Guide Cover in a press release.
Lyman’s pastel won the cover and Elizabeth Pite of Stonington won an honorable mention for “Avery Point Sunset II.” Gretchen Hatfield of Hartford won an honorable mention for “Noank Scullers”
“The pristine waters of Connecticut provide outstanding recreational opportunities for boaters,” DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette said in a press release. “The artwork that will become the cover of next year’s Boating Guide illustrates the importance of safe boating and serve as a reminder that all boaters should wear their life jackets to make their boating experiences safe and memorable.”
All of the artwork entered into the contest is currently on display in Harford at the LOB Concourse West in the Capitol.
If you would a like a copy of the 2012 Connecticut Boater’s Guide, contact the DEEP Boating Division at 860-434-8638 or download an electronic copy at the DEEP website.