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Allegan Arts Council Announces Billboard Artists Contest


Artist Alec Hall, best known for his realistic pastel paintings of animals, was selected by a jury panel from a field of seventy-two entries to appear in the top twenty finalists of the 2012 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Billboard Contest.  Ten artists will be chosen by popular vote online, and those artists will have their work featured among 1,300 rotating billboard sites in southwest Michigan.  Public voting will last until April 17 at www.kiarts.org/billboardart.  Fans of the artist can vote once per day.

 Hall, who retired in 2003 after a thirty-two year career working in veterinary medicine, says, “As a painter of animals, I find that the modern art establishment often overlooks the importance that animals have played in our lives over the centuries and how much animals continue to be an integral part our families and livelihood today.”

Hall is the only finalist from Allegan, where he has lived for 31 years.  Although this is the second year of the contest it is the first time Hall, who has been the pastel instructor at the Kirk Neumann School of Art at the KIA for the last seven years, has entered.  

For further details regarding Alec Hall and other member-artists refer to the Arts Council website at www.alleganarts.com  or call its hotline at 269-355-0137 with your questions.

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