MANCHESTER - Manchester's first public Cut Flower Competition, a collaborative event organized by Eons Creative with the participation of Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, Equinox Terrace, Tilting at Windmills Gallery, and The Image Loft, was judged in July.

All fresh-cut floral arrangements were judged on the basis of how close they were able to represent the floral style seen in the PBS Masterpiece Theatre production Downton Abbey by jury members Suzan Claytor, President and owner of Tilting at Windmills Gallery, Carolyn Brogan, owner of The Image Loft, and Lindy Bowden, a garden specialist at Mettowee Mill Nursery.

Manchester based and internationally acclaimed fine artist Thomas Torak (www.thomastorak.com), winner of "2013 SCNY 1st Prize" at the Fourth Annual Sylvia Maria Glesmann Floral Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, N.Y. and resident teacher at the Art Students League of New York, accepted an invitation to create an original oil painting of the winning arrangement.

First-Prize winner, Anna Johanson, will receive a mounted and framed, 8 x 10 print of the original painting by Torak, on canvas, printed courtesy of The Image Loft. The painting, titled "Anna's Garden" is on view and for sale at Tilting at Windmills Gallery.

Second-Prize winner, Peggy Brogan, will receive a set of 25 printed notecards with envelopes and Third-Prize winner, Cheryl Parker, will receive one 8 x 10 print on photo-rag paper; still life photography provided by Eons Creative and printing provided by The Image Loft; both will receive a Blu-ray DVD set of all three seasons of Downton Abbey provided by Vermont Public Television.


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Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, a non-profit organization based in Manchester, is a vital community resource that is enriching the cultural and intellectual life of the community by offering lectures, courses and events.

To see more pictures of the floral arrangements and stay informed of next year's Cut Flower Contest, visit www.facebook.com/greenmountainacademy and look for the "Cut Flower Contest" under "Events" or call Michael Ellenbogen at Eons Creative at (802) 768-8498.