The Voice Sponsors Bridgeport Oil Drum Art Contest

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Bridgeport's largest ad agency takes part in an effort to beautify the city.

The Voice, Bridgeport's largest advertising agency, is pleased to have taken part in an effort to beautify the Park City. The firm recently donated $1,000 in prize money for the award-winning artists who created Oil Drum Art for the city's streets and parks. Jack Lardis, president of Oil Drum Art, and The Voice president Matthew Hallock presented the winning artists their cash awards during a ceremony on May 5th at The Nest Arts Factory Open Studios.

The awards and artists were:

  •     Best of Show, Mariya Rivera, Westport
  •     First Prize, Jennifer Recalde, Beacon Falls
  •     Second Prize, J. Mia Lipstick, Bridgeport
  •     Third Prize, Ricky Mestre, Stratford
  •     Mayor's Prize, Emma Wilson Ellis, Fairfield

"We are simpatico with the Oil Drum Art," said Hallock. "We are based in downtown Bridgeport and have a vested interest in beautifying the area. And since The Voice's mission is to recruit and develop artists of all ages, it's gratifying to support the arts however we can."

Always very supportive of the Oil Drum Art project, city council member Keith Rodgerson (D - 134th District) came to applaud the artists at the ceremony. George Estrada, Director of Public Facilities, also attended the event and expressed the intent of the city to set up the Oil Drum Artworks in the city parks. He said, "These trash drums, that are also public art, will enhance our parks and give our citizens a sense of pride and culture." Lardis offered to donate the first four drums to Seaside Park. Hallock also presented three drums painted by The Voice staff artists to George Estrada for positioning in McLevy Park.

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